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I hav multiple physical servers running vmWare ESXi.  I need to move one VM over to a different physical machine.  I downloaded all files from that VM to my workstation, then uploaded them to a other physical server.  vmWare on the new server reports that it cannot boot the machine.  

Any ideas on how I can accomplish this?
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by:Deepak Kosaraju
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If u have SAN (or) iSCSI storage then you can use storage vmotion to directly move r clone vm's between ESXi hosts managed by same vcenter infrastructure.

Here is how if u don't have Central Storage:
vmkfstools -i /vmfs/volumes/VolumeName/server_folder/server_name.vmdk -d thin /vmfs/volumes/VolumeName/server_folder/servername.vmdk
Also, by default ESXi does not have SSH enabled by default so you need to do this:
Go to the ESXi console and press alt+F1
Type: unsupported
Enter the root password
At the prompt type vi /etc/inetd.conf 
 Look for the line that starts with #ssh (you can search with pressing /)
Remove the # (press the x if the cursor is on the character)
Save /etc/inetd.conf by typing :wq! 
 Restart the management service /sbin/services.sh restart 
Now you can go to a remove computer and move the VMDKs via an ssh session

Also refer to following post in EE:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/VMWare/Q_24208777.html
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coolsport00 earned 2000 total points
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You can do 1 of 2 things -
1. Use vCenter Converter Standalone to 'convert' (move) the VM from 1 ESXi host to another:
http://downloads.vmware.com/d/info/datacenter_downloads/vmware_vcenter_converter_standalone/4_0
2. Use Veeam FastSCP to move the whole VM folder/directory from 1 ESXi host to another:
http://www.veeam.com/vmware-esxi-fastscp.html

If you move/copy the VM using FastSCP, you need to add the VM to Inventory by right-clicking on the .vmx file in the datastore the VM resides on.

Regards,
~coolsport00
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by:Justin C
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What error is it giving you when it says it cannot boot the VM?
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by:pcgym
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To coolsport00

Looks like option 1 in your solution should work.  The VM is being "converted" to the new server.  I'll let you know if it work and if so, you will be awarded full points!

Thanks a million!
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by:coolsport00
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No worries...glad to help; keep me posted....

~coolsport00
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YOU DA MAN!!!!
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