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Copy VMWARE Image to New System

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Hello,

I have a VMWARE for Windows 2.0 server running. I want to copy the data to another VMWARE system. There are tons of files and there is a snapshot taken. I don't want to copy all of the files. What are the minimum files I need in order to copy the files needed to have a working VMWWARE image of the system I want to copy?

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A simple thing to do is download/install vCenter Converter Standalone and 'convert' (copy) your whole VM to your other Vmware system.
https://www.vmware.com/tryvmware/?p=converter&source=web&cd=2&ved=0CCQQFjAB&url=http://www.vmware.com/go/getconverter&rct=j&q=vcenter%20converter%20standalone&ei=Dz64Tbf5J8fg0QH3rcHRDw&usg=AFQjCNH3Et0HlSZPzkw2VZxLVZoNZ_yY5g&sig2=_17yfBO22cg19QJITdLrmQ

Remove any snapshots before doing so, though. You can keep your current/orig VM up while doing the conversion.

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Thank you. I know about the converter and I have used it before. But, I did not ask how to convert the vmware image. I want to make a copy of the files that are needed for the image. I don't want to copy all of the files since most of them, I assume, are not needed. What are basic files I need?

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Maybe, knowing the background to my question will guide you. I just did not want to waste too much time getting into history when I just want to know which files to copy.

I already have VMWARE Server 2.0 and a VMWARE ESXi DELL server. Some images will convert and some will not. For example, my Novell Netware and GroupWise image will not convert. It seems that the drivers between Server 2.0 and ESXi are not compatible. I can deal with that. Anyway, I have a customer who needs to do some testing with Netware and GroupWise. So, I want to give him basic files. But, I don't want to make him download a bunch of crap when he may just need a handful of files.

Secondly, I have a Windows Server 2008 and Exchange 2010 image. I desperately want to transfer that over to my ESXi system. But, one file will not copy. I don't know why. So, I hope that that file is not needed. If I know what the basic files are then I can find out what I need to do. But, if I have to rely on external tools to do things for me, and if they do not work, I am left here sitting on my hands wishing that the gods who made the software would answer my prayers and convert it mysteriously.

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Anyway, I just want to know what the basic files are that I need to copy so that I can have a valid backup of VMWARE 2.0 image. I want to only copy those files.
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I know and understood what you asked, but gave you an alternative for keeping your VM up.

If you want to have a VMware Server 2 VM on an ESXi host, you have no choice but to use Converter since there are some slight incompatibilities between hypervisors.

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Coolsport00. Thanks. But, I do not want to do that. When I am ready to see why my one image will not convert I will gladly post a question on that, and hope you can help me with it. But, I want to know exactly what the basic files are for an image. What basic files need to be copied. Do you know?
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I must agree with Coolsport00, if you want to rationalise the "rubbish" files, and have a consitent working Virtual Machine, the recommended approach is to use VMware Converter.

If you don't want to do this, post a screen shot of the files, and we will take a look, and suggest what files you need.

Also note it is possible to "migrate/convert/manipulate" Novell Netware manually, or there are production tools that are available. We use Portlock Storage Manager, this is not free, but if you contact a VMware Partner they can help you with the migration, if this server is required.
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That's OK, Coolsport00. I keep getting interrupted, too. I have to delay this to help someone, so I have to come back to this in awhile. Thanks everyone for the responses.

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This question needs to spawn into three different questions. Also, since all three of you are "Geniuses" in this category then maybe you can make a suggestion for me to the guys at EE. For example, this question contains some very good information from all three of you. They are very good answers. Giving 500 points to one person is alright but does that adequately reward valid responders? For example, bgoering gave the first quick answer that closely resembles the correct answer I am looking for; however, the other information is very applicable and relavent. An asker needs the ability to give points to other responders and to override the questions 500 point limit when each responder should receive 500 points.

I am very interested in posting my directory's file list, and also researching why an image won't transfer to ESXi. But, that is out of the scope of this question and I would not know who to give points to. Anyway, I got that out of my system. Thanks.
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Hey, jhieb we all love each other, I speaking for myself, but I don't think we would be offended in a three way split! (that sounds erotic, but it wasn't meant to be!)

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LOL. You might lose points for that comment. I have posted in groups before and people sometimes got very offended if I chose someone else. Besides, I think my suggestion is still a good one. These are great answers and each deserves more than a 3 way split. Bgoering was to answer the question first, but it is still unclear to me if "ALL" those files are necessary. And I am being lazy and don't want to test out every fraggin' scenario. My customer went away and so I don't need to give hm an image, now.

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Here is a directory list of my Windows Server 2008 and Exchange 2010 system. One of the files, and I think it was the 30 GB file is the one that would not copy. It appeared to be in use even though I "thought" I turned off the VMWARE services.

 Directory of Y:\

04/25/2011  12:56 PM    <DIR>          .
04/25/2011  12:56 PM    <DIR>          ..
04/12/2011  09:14 AM    <DIR>          Set006 - Windows 2008 Server.vmdk.lck
04/12/2011  09:14 AM    <DIR>          564df325-ad10-22b3-29c4-1ff8d18a1f03.vmem.lck
04/12/2011  09:14 AM    <DIR>          Set006 - Windows 2008 Server-000003.vmdk.lck
04/12/2011  09:14 AM    <DIR>          Set006 - Windows 2008 Server-000001.vmdk.lck
12/22/2010  10:14 AM    <DIR>          Set006 - Windows 2008 Server.vmem.lck
04/12/2011  09:14 AM    <DIR>          Set006 - Windows 2008 Server-000002.vmdk.lck
03/08/2011  10:14 PM         6,619,136 Set006 - Windows 2008 Server-000001.vmdk
03/08/2011  10:13 PM            36,140 Set006 - Windows 2008 Server-Snapshot4.vmsn
04/07/2011  10:39 AM             8,684 Set006 - Windows 2008 Server.nvram
03/08/2011  10:14 PM    30,652,956,672 Set006 - Windows 2008 Server.vmdk
04/12/2011  09:14 AM     4,294,967,296 564df325-ad10-22b3-29c4-1ff8d18a1f03.vmem
10/25/2010  01:39 PM     2,147,483,648 Set006 - Windows 2008 Server.vmem
04/25/2011  12:56 PM     8,226,603,008 Set006 - Windows 2008 Server-000003.vmdk
03/08/2011  10:14 PM     4,461,232,128 Set006 - Windows 2008 Server-000002.vmdk
03/08/2011  10:13 PM               962 Set006 - Windows 2008 Server.vmsd
12/22/2010  10:16 AM       135,446,991 Set006 - Windows 2008 Server.vmss
04/12/2011  09:14 AM             2,525 Set006 - Windows 2008 Server.vmx
03/01/2011  08:51 PM             8,475 Set006 - Windows 2008 Server.vmxf
04/07/2011  10:39 AM         1,870,601 vmware-0.log
03/08/2011  10:14 PM           330,144 vmware-1.log
03/08/2011  10:08 PM           399,900 vmware-2.log
04/12/2011  09:14 AM                 0 vmware.log
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I'm relatively new to EE, but my understanding is, allocation of points is done by the Author, based on what he thinks is the most suitable answer to his question.

I'm sure bgoering and coolsport00 will chip in and comment, with us three it's all swings and roundabouts, some of us get points on one question, and another time someone else gets them.

If you really you need to seek assitance from the Moderators/Admins, then hit the Request for Assistance button. and they can advise, as I am not a Moderator or Admin, I shouldn't try to advise on the matter. The Moderators and Admins are much better placed to discuss this with, I'm just a Techie VMware Geek, Addict!
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you could always used the Process Explorer

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896653

to check what process has a lock on the file.
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I concur...just 'divy' as you (the Author) deem fit. Sorry again for the delay...just one of those days; will post more if needed/I can get more time :P

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Thanks everyone for the feedback. This was a great thread and I am sure it will help others.
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