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troubleshooting Question

Convert from ESXi vmdk image to raw

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I have a VMWare virtual appliance I would like to use under Xen (not XenServer).  In order to do this, I need to first convert the vmdk disk to something Xen can understand, so I am going with raw to keep things simple.  

Here is the disk definition from the ovf:

        <File ovf:id="file1" ovf:href="disk1.vmdk" ovf:size="58685952" />
    <Section xsi:type="ovf:DiskSection_Type">
        <Info>Describes the set of virtual disks</Info>
        <Disk ovf:diskId="vmdisk1" ovf:fileRef="file1" ovf:capacity="107374182400" ovf:format="http://www.vmware.com/specifications/vmdk.html#sparse" ovf:populatedSize="117178368" />

                <rasd:Caption>Hard Disk 1</rasd:Caption>
                <rasd:Description />
                <rasd:Caption>SCSI Controller 0</rasd:Caption>
                <rasd:Description>LsiLogic SCSI Controller</rasd:Description>

So my first step is to convert the disk from whatever format it is into a standard vmdk, then qemu-img it to raw:

vmware-vdiskmanager -r disk1.vmdk -t 0 temporary_image.vmdk
qemu-img convert -f vmdk temporary_image.vmdk -O raw xen_compatible.img

This results in an expect 100GB file.  I am expecting this to be a disk image with partition information, but parted shows no partition:

parted xen_compatible.img
WARNING: You are not superuser.  Watch out for permissions.
GNU Parted 1.9.0
Using xen_compatible.img
Welcome to GNU Parted! Type 'help' to view a list of commands.
(parted) p
Model:  (file)
Disk xen_compatible.img: 107GB
Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B
Partition Table: msdos

Number  Start  End  Size  Type  File system  Flags

And just mounting it doesn't work:

mount -o loop xen_compatible.img /mnt/temp
mount: you must specify the filesystem type

Now what I don't have is a VMWare ESX server to see what this disk is really made up of.  Any ideas how I can convert this?

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