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How to convert a Windows 2003 machine to ESXi without VMware Converter?

I need to convert a Windows 2003 machine to ESXi, but i cant use the VMware Converter Standalone Client, because it only provide an authentication method (see image attached) and i cant do that,  this machine is outside the ESXi network, so how i convert it directly to ESXi format?


I know that i can convert the machine to VMware Server 2 format and after in network with ESXi i can do the "upload" convertion, but its sound to risk and it ll be a looooooong double work (big data to transfer with 100mb network...)


There is any kind of command line convert option to do that? or alternatives?
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DUX_NEKRON
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ryder0707Commented:
Install workstation7 on your laptop/pc
Install esxi into vmware workstation 7
Download the client from your esxi and install it on your laptop/pc
Run the converter and configure it to P2V to your virtual esxi
Once done, login to your esxi using the client and  download the converted image via the datastore browser
You can even start the VM if you want to test it!
Cheers!
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DUX_NEKRONAuthor Commented:
Very interesting,  Virtualize with Virtualization to Virtualize...


ll try it


Just a question:


Workstation 7, in it, the virtualized ESXi, i really can run VMs inside the virtualized ESXi ?


Thats sound a little crazy, i ll be very happy if this works.


Thanks ryder0707
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ryder0707Commented:
Yeah mate, fully supported by vmware in their latest workstation7
I have it running on my laptop & pc, let me know if you need help
If you have  enough resources, you can even vmotion in the same host or to another host, thanks to the virtual soft based NAS like Openfiler/FreeNAS, you can present iscsi LUN as the shared storage and ofcoz this is for testing only
Take note, you can only install the latest esx4/esxi4 when Intel-VT is available in your CPU and enabled it BIOS
Running 64bit guest OS like vSphere or any other 64bit as the guest OS in workstation7 requires Intel-VT
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za_mkhCommented:
You don't need to convert to ESXi format - convert it to VMWare Server 2 format ... it should then allow you convert directly to a disk! I'm certain, I've done this before...
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za_mkhCommented:
Forget my last comment - you don't want to convert to VMware server 2 format...
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DUX_NEKRONAuthor Commented:
Its works
Thank you
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