Loading Ghost Image into a VMware ESXi Virtual Machine

We have just finished cloning the operating systems on our server.  One of the images is a ghost image containing Windows XP.  The other image is a Clonezilla image containing both Windows XP and Fedora being dual-booted.  Our intention is to install both operating systems into 2 virtual machines in VMware ESXi from those images.  I do realize that we may only be able to use the ghost image and not the clonezilla image.

I have read from numerous other sources that you cannot use a ghost image in ESXi.  I do know there is a converter in vSphere, but there's no clear indication if it can do ghost images.

What is the best method to install the cloned images of the operating systems into the virtual machines?  Is there a converter that can change the images into a ESXi-useable image so that a fresh reinstallation is not necessary?

Thanks in advance.
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IanThCommented:
according to
http://www.vmware.com/products/converter/
converter standalone can convert ghost images
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coolsport00Commented:
In the User's Guide for vCenter Converter Standalone, pg. 21, Ghost is supported, but Clonezilla is not:
http://www.vmware.com/pdf/converter_standalone_guide401.pdf

Regards,
~coolsport00
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IanThCommented:
you may need to convert the clonezilla to ghost as vmware converter standalone cannot read clonezilla
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Paul SolovyovskySenior IT AdvisorCommented:
Keep in mind you can only use ghost images for the newer versions of ghost and you will need to have a SV2I file (a ghost index file) in addition to V2I files (actual volumes)

If you're using the old ghost (.GHO files) it will not work if I remember correctly.
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coolsport00Commented:
Correct...pg. 21 gives the versions of Ghost that work, starting with v.10.
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Paul SolovyovskySenior IT AdvisorCommented:
The trick is to run a backup job and not a one time backup.  One time backup of the volume will not create the SV2i file.
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