How to bring Linux image into Vmware ESX i server ??

Hi,

I have installed vmware  ESXi server and trying to bring linux image, using vSphere, but I couln't see any import option. Can you pleae advise?
mokkanAsked:
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Paul SolovyovskySenior IT AdvisorCommented:
What format is the image in?  You may also be able to use VMware vConverter depending on format.
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mokkanAuthor Commented:
I  just downloaded it from vmware marketplace, but I don't see any  option ot upload?
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Paul SolovyovskySenior IT AdvisorCommented:
Should be able to do file->import or something to that effect.  The file fomrat is most likely OVF format
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mokkanAuthor Commented:
Thank you. The file I downloaded has vmdk file.  How to convert into OVF format?
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mokkanAuthor Commented:
I have downloded ovf tool and converting it now. Is there a place I can download linux ovf format file and play ?
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mokkanAuthor Commented:
My other questions is  I have a linux box running and I need to bring into ESXi server. What are the things I need to do?

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Paul SolovyovskySenior IT AdvisorCommented:
Check VMware's vConverter.  If the version of linux is supported you can use it to do a Phyical to virtual conversion.

http://downloads.vmware.com/d/info/datacenter_downloads/vmware_vcenter_converter_standalone/4_0
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Paul SolovyovskySenior IT AdvisorCommented:
To answer the previous question..

If the format is already a vmdk file there are two ways to do this depending on format.

If the format of the vmdk file is for a windows VM you can use vConveter to do a V2V import into ESXi

If the format is already in ESXi format you can use the datastore browser to copy the vmdk to the ESXi host.  You would then either create a VM (if there is no vmx file included) and attach the vmdk file to it as an existing disk

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