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VMWare Server Error adding a vCenter Converter Standalone converted machine

Posted on 2011-04-27
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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?
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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.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 1600 total points
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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.
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by:Bill
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Thank you. You were dead on.
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