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Recreating virtual machine in ESX 4.1

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Good morning experts, I have a situation here, a buddy and I copied a virtual machine folder from an esx4.0 onto a laptop using WinSCP after shutding down the VM to take to another location where there is a server with esx4.1.
Inside the folder contains all the file from the original server below
HQDC3_w2k8x64.nvram      9KB
HQDC3_w2k8x64.vmdk       1KB
HQDC3_w2k8x64.vmsd       2KB
HQDC3_w2k8x64.vmx         4B
HQDC3_w2k8x64.vmxf        2KB
HQDC3_w2k8x64-000001.vmdk     1KB
HQDC3_w2k8x64-000001-delta.vmdk     1,835,110 KB
HQDC3_w2k8x64-000002.vmdk              1KB
HQDC3_w2k8x64-000002-delta.vmdk     82,022 KB
HQDC3_w2k8x64-000003.vmdk              1 KB
HQDC3_w2k8x64-000003-delta.vmdk     8,208,486 KB
HQDC3_w2k8x64-flat.vmdk                     52,428,800 KB
HQDC3_w2k8x64-Snapshot1.vmsn        2,102,406 KB
HQDC3_w2k8x64-Snapshot2.vmsn        2,102,413 KB
HQDC3_w2k8x64-Snapshot3.vmsn        2,102,402 KB
vmware.log                                             140 KB
vmware-12.log                                        906 KB
vmware-13.log                                        987 KB
vmware-14.log                                        137 KB
vmware-15.log                                        136 KB
vmware-16.log                                        136 KB
vmware-17.log                                        1,274 KB

Questions to you are: Is it possible to recreate the VM onto the esx4.1, if yes what are the procures? Is there any conversion needed?
We have root login with WinSCP and VMware vSphere Client only, no Vcenter becasue we couldn't it on a Win7x64.
Thank guys  
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You should be able to copy ALL the contents...the whole VM folder, then browse the VM folder on the new host, right-click the .vmx file, and select 'Add to Inventory'. But, what I would do FIRST is DELETE the snapshots you have. Go into Snapshot Mgr on the orig host the VM is on and select to 'Delete All', which will commit ALL data in the snaps to its parent disk and then delete the snapshot, until all snapshots in the snapshot 'tree' are committed/deleted. Once that is done, then do your copy. Or, you can simply use vCenter Converter Standalone (free) to convert the VM (move it) to the new host.

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You first suggestion is what I would need to do because we already copied the folder over and we are 300 miles from the original server we copied them from. So you are saying this is possible to copy the entire content over the new server right-click .vmx and Add to Inventory?
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Yes...

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What methos would you suggest to copy the folder over the ESX server
WinSCP or The VMware vSphere Client we're alos on a one gig Ethernet.
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What I recommend is connecting to the orig ESX server the VM is on & 1st remove all snapshots. Once that is complete, use Veeam FastSCP to copy the whole VM folder over to the new ESXi host.
http://www.veeam.com/vmware-esxi-fastscp.html - download/install on your local workstation, then add both hosts under the "Servers" heading, and do a simple right-click, copy, paste. It will take a few or more hours to do.

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Like I mention above we don't have access to the original sever anymore, the folder was copied as is when the VM was shutdown. Is there any possible way to commit the snapshot after the folder is copied to the new ESX server?
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Oh ok; well, shouldn't be a big deal. As long as you have all the files in tact, you should be ok. Since you already have the whole folder on your laptop, you can just copy it up to the ESXi host. Once it's copied, 'Add to Inventory' as mentioned above. To then commit the snapshots, you may have to do so via SSH. But, that is a comment for another post. Let's first take care of transferring the VM and seeing if you can get it up and going onto the ESXi host.
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Ok, copying them back will take a while, I will accept your last post as solution. Now, will the commit of the snapshot be necessary after the transfer? If yes, I will open other post one for that.
Thank allot.
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SO far so good and that's good news Coolsport00.
Thanks for now.
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Glad to help.

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