.vmdk import vm to VMWare 4

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How do I import a .vmdk to VMWare 4.1?

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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Commented:
Three options

1. Copy to the server using Veeam FastSCP or WinSCP
2. Copy to the server using vSphere Client, Datastore browser.
3. VMware Converter.

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thanks, can i do vmware converter from just a flat .vmdk file on a file share ?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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do you have any other files, e.g. vmx?
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no, all he gave me was the .vmdk
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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okay, have you got two vmdks?

 *.flat-vmdk, and *.vmdk

Each disk drive for a virtual machine consists of a pair of .vmdk files. One is a text file containing descriptive data about the virtual hard disk and the second is the actual content of that disk. For example, a virtual machine named examplevm has one disk attached to it. This disk comprises of a examplevm.vmdk descriptor file of under 1KB, and a 10GB examplevm-flat.vmdk flat file which contains virtual machine content.
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Do you know what version vmdk?  Windows workstation or ESX?

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windows vmware workstation
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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and what files do you have, that vmdk may not be compatible with ESX or ESXi.
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VMware products have different VM versions, and vmdk differences, for a proper conversion you can export from VMware Workstation to a version compatible with ESX or ESXi.

This would give you all the files you need, or import direct to ESX or ESXi.

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so I can export it and then upload it to esx then?

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actually, never mind your information worked!

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