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How to inport a vmdk file that was converted from a vhd file.

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I would i import a vmdk file that was converted from a starwind converter. It was converted a SCSI drive. What needs to be done on the vmware server?
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if you are using esx, you need to physically copy the files on the datastore of the server with the datastore browser from vsphere.

Then, you need to create a new virtual machine and at the point of selecting the hard drive, you select an existing disk and point to the folder where you put your files.

Otherwise, if you are using vmware server, create a new VM using an existing disk as mentioned above.
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I am running vmware server. Were do i put the vmdk file? So, i can connect the drive.
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I placed the vmdf file in the virtual machines folder and added it to a new virtual machine. When i startup the virtual machine, it blue screens.
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Under the summary for the virtual machine, next to the hard drive, there is a hard drive is not valid message.
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Sorry I cannot help you with that part.
Maybe there is a problem with the vm conversion.  Did you try the free vmware converter to convert a physical machine to a vm?  You might get better results.

Good luck
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You should be able to create a blank VM, then add the VMDK in that VM's folder, then assign the VM that VMDK (according to pg. 62 of the Server Users Guide: http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vmserver2.pdf). But, since you didn't use Converter Standalone...that may not work since the formatting is a little bit different between Workstation, Server, & ESX/i. That's why you should use vCenter Converter Standalone to P2V your phys PC (see: http://downloads.vmware.com/d/info/datacenter_downloads/vmware_vcenter_converter_standalone/4_0), so I also suggest as "Bidonet" and try Converter. Let us know how that goes.

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Does Converter Standalone converter vdh files?
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Yes; is this a VM you're trying to convert, or just a file? If possible, have the VHD attached to a VM, then convert the VM to a VMware Server VM. Converter doesn't convert individual files, but VMs (or physical computers). It uses the .vmc file (for Microsoft VMs) or the .vmx file (for VMware VMs).

See the User's Guide for assistance:
http://www.vmware.com/pdf/convsa_43_guide.pdf (pg. 21 lists supported source types/pg. 41 explains how to do conversion).

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How do you connect to vm if it is turned off?
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Let me ask this - what is it specifically that you are trying to do? Do you have a MS Virt Srvr or Hyper-V VM you wanna cinvert?
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Let me ask this - what is it specifically that you are trying to do? Do you have a MS Virt Srvr or Hyper-V VM you wanna cinvert? Is this VHD currrently attached to a VM? If so, and it's off, simply pwr it on & convert it.
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I got it.
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:)

Sorry for the double post above...
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It creates a .vmx file. What do I do with the vmx file? I that i needed a vmdk file?
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I am running a hyper-v server and i want to move it over to a vmware server. Will this work for me.
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I see what it is doing. It is copying over vmdk and the other files.
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by:coolsport00
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Yeah..it uses the config file for MS (the .vmc file) and converts it and the VHD to VMware file types (.vmx, .vmdk, .log, etc.) so it can be used by VMware Server (in your case) or ESX, or whatever you convert it to.

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i Converted the vhd file to vmdk file and i imported into the VMware vitural server that i setup. Thanks for the help.
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Sure...glad to help

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