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Moved a vm from one esxi server to another and can't get it to boot.

Posted on 2010-11-29
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I move the vmdk, -flat.vmdk, vmx, vmxf filed from one esxi host to another, made the necessary modifications to the vmx file and when I try to power on the virtual machine, all I get is:  "Could not create '/vmfs/volumes/4cafae60-aa81989e-a2e2-a4badb3d6073/pems104.emsclad.com': Could not find the file "

Am I missing something?
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by:bgoering
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There is probably a guid path in your vmx file. The best way to move a vm if you don't have vCenter Server is to use the free standalone VMware converter. Get it at http://www.vmware.com/products/converter

Good Luck
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by:Marinertek
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how did you go about moving it? Using vMotion or Veeam FastSCP?

If you just copied the files in some other way I'd suggest re-copying the virtual machine using Veeam FastSCP (it's free) and try again.
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by:coolsport00
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Converter, FastSCP, as mentioned above, or Datastore Browser and copy the whole VM folder. Once the folder is copied, right-click the .vmx file to add it to inventory and you're golden.

~coolsport00
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The following line in my vmx file was causing the VM to not boot:

nvram = " "

I didn't copy this file over to the 2nd esxi server and therefore left this line NULL.  Apparently, you still need to put a value here.  In my case, it was the name of the VM.

nvram = "pems104.emsclad.com.nvram"

System is booting up now.
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by:Deepak Kosaraju
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Thanks for sharing the final conclusion.
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by:tcsadmin
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Found something in the virtual machines log file which pointed me to the nvram entry in my vmx file.
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