Vmware Server 2 : Hard disk not valid

I am running the vmware server 2 on windows 2003 sp2. I have vm image created previously with vmware workstation 5. I was not able to run it, it shows "Hard disk not valid".
I updated the virtual hardware version to 7 in the vmware web access. it worked now, I am able to run the os. but the it still show Hard disk not valid. Tried to reopen the web and also re-added the VM didn't help.
okamonAsked:
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coolsport00Connect With a Mentor Commented:
Sounds like it; you can add a VMDK file to a new VM...people do it fairly regularly, so there may be something wrong with that file. It's hard to say. What you may want to do if it's bothering you is just create a new VM and transfer data, etc. to the new VM. But, it's running ok for you, correct? You may not want to bother doing so, but it's just a suggestion. I am out of suggestions as to how to get rid of that error for you...sorry. :(

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coolsport00Commented:
"okamon", I would try converting the disk using vCenter Converter Standalone (http://downloads.vmware.com/d/info/datacenter_downloads/vmware_vcenter_converter_standalone/4_0). Try that and let me know.

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okamonAuthor Commented:
thank you. but it's already vmware image, you want me to convert to which one?
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coolsport00Commented:
Yeah...I understand it's already a VMware VM, but go ahead & re-convert the VM from your Workstation5 to Server using the Converter tool.

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okamonAuthor Commented:
tried it, still not valid
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coolsport00Commented:
Are you able to run the VM in your old Workstation 5?
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okamonAuthor Commented:
I don't have workstation 5 installed now, but I am able to run it with vmplayer. And as I said in the beginning, I am able to run the VM, even before running the conversion. it's just it shows "Hard disk not valid"
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coolsport00Commented:
You're able to run the VM but you get the error message? Could you please post a screenshot so I could see what you're describing? Thx.

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okamonAuthor Commented:
there you go. There is NO error message, I can still run the vm OS. it's just "Hard disk not valid" shown
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coolsport00Commented:
Oh...ok, I see; so, there's really no issue with your VM at all...it's just giving that msg and you're wanting to know why? On my VMs in Server 2 it doesn't give that msg, so let me do some checking.

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okamonAuthor Commented:
thank you so much! also I have another issue here, http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/VMWare/Q_25941227.html

I have been posting this for a couple of days, but it seems no one can help me out
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coolsport00Commented:
This may provide an answer:
http://communities.vmware.com/message/1071602;jsessionid=3E867D981AB91763881EEB4DB22A52F0

I saw another post where a user created a new VM, then used the VMDK from the problem VM and that cleared this error. So, what you would do is power down this VM. Create a new one and in the wizard, choose to use an existing disk (VMDK) file and browse to this VMDK file. See if that works for you. If you get the same error, you can decommission the new VM and edit the original one by adding the VMDK file back to it.

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okamonAuthor Commented:
i am not sure if I understand you. I saw there are 2 vmdk files in my old VM folder. One is 1 KB, the other one is 6291456 KB. i copied the 2 file in the new VM folder and renamed them to match the new VM. (Of course I renamed 2 new vmdk files as vmdk.old).

It still shows Hard disk not valid.
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coolsport00Commented:
Well, you can't copy them and rename them like that without also modifying the .vmx file. What I mean by my previous post is this:
*Create a new VM in VMware Server
*During the create VM wizard, you have the option to use an existing vmdk file, so browse to that file and use it for your new VM (the one that is larger in size)
*Configure your VM as you need it (RAM, CPU, CD, etc....) and power it on. See if it still shows 'hard disk not valid'.

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okamonAuthor Commented:
I tried what you said. but when I selected the vmdk file, i got a warning message:
"The selected file is not a valid virtual disk file. Please choose a different one."
There are 2 vmdk files in the folder, one has 6gb, the other has 364kb. i tried both.

I guess it must be the problem from previous version of vm.
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