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Hey guys,

I just built up a new Dell server with VMWare ESXi server 4.1 and the parent company sent me an image of a Server 2008 Operating System with sensitive data on it. How do I get that image off of the external hard drive and installed onto the VMWare box now??

I have never done this before and I am completely lost!!!

I am logged in via the VSphere client and lost where to go from here now....
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by:Ernie Beek
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What kind of image is it?
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by:sbodnar
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It says VMware virtual disk file

its a .vmdk extension
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Tolomir earned 250 total points
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Just create a new virtual machine, and when the wizard gets to the step for hard drive(s), just say "use existing" instead of "create new", and point to the vmdk file you have.
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by:Ernie Beek
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You have to move the vmdk to the datastore of the ESXi server though.
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by:sbodnar
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how do i move the vmdk to the datastore of the ESXi server?
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by:Ernie Beek
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You need something like winscp to connect to the esxi server (http://winscp.net). Hook up the disk to your workstation, install winscp and you should be able to move it over. Winscp is a file explorer which can also connect to *nix system (so also ESX).
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by:sbodnar
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I have VSphere client setup on my workstation... wont that work?
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by:BloodRed
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What sort of license do you have for vSphere?  If it includes Converter, you can install the Converter plug-in on the vSphere box and use it to import the VM files you have now (.vmdk, .vmx, etc).  That would be the cleanest way to go about this.
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I just installed the free version
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by:BloodRed
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http://www.vmware.com/go/getconverter

You should be able to download a copy of converter from that link, if I remember correctly.  

You can also download an evaluation copy of vCenter which is fully functional and good for 60-days, it will include Converter.
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by:Lee Osborne
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If you have the vSphere client, you can click on the Summary tab for your ESXi host, right click on the datastore, and Browse Datastore.

You can then upload the vmdk file (from your local drive) to the datastore, and follow @Tolomir's instructions for creating a new VM, and using an existing disk when prompted.

Lee
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LeeOsbornerUK:

I need to upload the whole folder containing the .vmdk, .vmsd. and vmxf, .vmx, and nvram files right? not just the .vmdk?
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yes :-)

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