[Okta Webinar] Learn how to a build a cloud-first strategyRegister Now


VMWare Server Error adding a vCenter Converter Standalone converted machine

Posted on 2011-04-27
Medium Priority
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
I'm trying to add/open a vCenter Converter converted server in VMWare Server.

It won't show up in the inventory and I can't "Add Virtual Machine to Inventory"

Also trying to "Create Virtual Machine" but when I point tot the .vmdk file it displays an error:
  "Warning - There is a problem with the following fields:  - The file path format is invalid.  Please use the format '[ds_name]/path/to/file'.

How can I
  (a.) Get VMWare Server to see the vCenter Converter converted server...or
  (b.) Create a new Virtual Machine and point it to the .vmdk file?
Question by:Bill
  • 2
LVL 28

Assisted Solution

bgoering earned 400 total points
ID: 35476587
You need to either have the vm's folder in the directory of the default datastore, or add another datastore to the vmware server that encompases the converted virtual machine. It has been a while since I messed with server, but suppose your default datastore is at c:\VirtualMachines

Then your new vm would need to be at for example: c:\VirtualMachines\NewVM  and you will be able to add it to inventory.
LVL 124

Accepted Solution

Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 1600 total points
ID: 35476772
LVL 124
ID: 35477244
In VMware Server 2.0, they have introduced the concept of datastores. All of your Server 2.0 Guest VMs are stored in a datastore and you can create more. Here is a screenshot of adding a new datastore to VMware Server 2.0:

The VM must be located inside this datastore, or folder on the hard drive!

VMware Server Datastore
Please also note, VMware Server 2.0 is not supported on Windows 7 desktop operating system, on Server Operating (WIn2k8) Systems are supported, you may experience issues.

Author Closing Comment

ID: 35479588
Thank you. You were dead on.

Featured Post

Prep for the ITIL® Foundation Certification Exam

December’s Course of the Month is now available! Enroll to learn ITIL® Foundation best practices for delivering IT services effectively and efficiently.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

In this article, I will show you HOW TO: Suppress Configuration Issues and Warnings Alert displayed in Summary status for ESXi 6.5 after enabling SSH or ESXi Shell.
This article outlines why you need to choose a backup solution that protects your entire environment – including your VMware ESXi and Microsoft Hyper-V virtualization hosts – not just your virtual machines.
This Micro Tutorial steps you through the configuration steps to configure your ESXi host Management Network settings and test the management network, ensure the host is recognized by the DNS Server, configure a new password, and the troubleshooting…
This video shows you how to use a vSphere client to connect to your ESX host as the root user. Demonstrates the basic connection of bypassing certification set up. Demonstrates how to access the traditional view to begin managing your virtual mac…

873 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question