Using VMware converter standalone with USB drive as destination
Posted on 2011-09-13
I am using VMware vCentre Converter Standalone for the first time. My aim is to clone a physical computer as a VM to run on Workstation 7. However, I am running into problems with the destination - possibly because I am trying to use an external Lacie drive (500GB, connected via USB) as the destination. Here is the further information.
The source is a powered-on local machine (i.e. I have installed VMWare Converter on the same physical machine as I am converting).
The destination type is VMWare Workstation 7.0x.
For the destination, I have selected a Lacie external drive connected via a USB to the powered on (source) computer, because the source computer is not on a network - i.e. the source is a stand-alone computer.
However, when I get to the options summary page I get a warning symbol against the "data to copy", with the message that "the destination file system might not support large files". Further, the "copy type" has been set to volume-based, with no option to select disk-based copying. Finally, the "volumes to select" is empty - whether I use basic or advanced.
From my reading of the manual, I note the message: "For hosted destinations that reside on SMB or NFS shares, you must use volume-based cloning". I don't understand this message, because I don't know what SMB or NSF shares are.
Can anyone help with this? The specific questions are:
1. Is it possible to use an external USB drive as the destination?
2. If yes, does that external drive need to be formatted in a particular way to allow it to be used as a destination?
3. Is there something else I am missing?
Please note that I do not have access to any of the expensive, corporate VMWare tools such as VMWware server. We have only VMware Workstation licences, plus the free tools such as VMWare Converter.