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Moving vSphere VMDK to use on PC version

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We have a number of VM in a vSphere 4.0 environment that we would like to remove because we don't really need them and they are taking up a lot of valuable SAN space. However, we don't want to delete them, because we can foresee when we might need them on occasion; just not often enough to keep on the SAN.

Is it possible to move the VMDK files and what ever support files go along with them to a PC and if we needed to, bring them up using a VMware desktop product?
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Yes, use vmware converter (http://www.vmware.com/products/converter) - get version 4.3 of the standalone converter - its free.
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Sure is; just connect, say, some external drive to your PC. Or if you have enough space to hold your VMDKs locally, that's fine to. Download Veeam FastSCP (http://www.veeam.com/vmware-esxi-fastscp.html). Then you can power down those VMs if not already, and copy only the files you want (VMDKs?) to the local or external drive connected to your PC.

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You can then create a VM in Workstation or Server and use the existing VMDKs.

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or if you've got vSphere vCenter Export them.
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Thanx...
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