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esxi 4.1 Convert IDE virtual Disk to SCSI questions

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I need to convert my VM's C drive to SCSI. I found an article on the VMWare site:

http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1016192

Unfortunately I dont understand step 1:

To convert the IDE disk to SCSI:
1.Locate the datastore path where the virtual machine resides. For example:
/vmfs/volumes/<datastore_name>/<vm_name>/

What keys do I press to do this? Do I need to do this at the service console? Do I need a product I dont have. I have the vSphere that comes with ESXi. Can somebody point me in the direction to perform this?

Note: I am practicing on a test box with test VM's. I can reinstall to bare metal with no problem if mess it up. But I will need to do a production box afterwards.
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What that is referring to is using the "console" (cmd line) to find that directory. You can do a V2V using Converter Standalone and have the option to change the disk to SCSI during the Conversion. So, it's up to you what you wanna use really. If you're not too familiar with cmd line, you might be better off to use the free Converter Standalone tool:
http://downloads.vmware.com/d/info/datacenter_downloads/vmware_vcenter_converter_standalone/4_0

Regards,
~coolsport00
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by:danm66
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yeah, you'll need to get to the console, either directly or remotely.  using tech support mode in esxi 4.1 (http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1017910)
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by:MikeBroderick
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OK. Sorry for this one: I'm on the console, the screen says Tech support has been disabled by he admin. What key do I press to exit this screen?
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Alt-F1 or alt-F2???
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Alt-F2. Thanks.
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by:tiago_aviz
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The vmware standalone converter method is better. Less stuff to mess with on the ssh console. Less prone to errors, too.
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by:MikeBroderick
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I couldnt find the fields to change the adaptor type on the converter (they turned out to be on the same screen as the CPU attributes) so I created a new virtual disk, booted a partition copier, copied the disks, and removed the old disk. Took about an hour. Also used converter to make a VM with the disks the way I wanted them. Thanks.
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