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VMWare Workstation

I am trying to export a vm from workstation 8 to an ovf or similar to import to vmware 4.  Is there an easy way to do this?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Exporting to an OVF is the easiest way, of use VMware Converter Standalone.
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coolsport00Commented:
If you wanna use OVF, VMware provides an OVF tool:
http://www.vmware.com/resources/techresources/1013

and a Guide to follow: http://www.vmware.com/support/developer/ovf/ovf10/ovftool_10_userguide.pdf

~coolsport00
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
If you have VMware Workstation 8.0, there is no need to download separate tools, VMware Converter is included, if you need to use it just click Virtualize a Physical Machine, and Treat the VM as a Physical Machine, just connect to it. (it will install it!).

 VMware Workstation 8.0 - includes VMware Converter installation
But why download ANY tools, you've got all the tools you need in VMware Workstation, just use the Export to OVF from the File Menu.


ExportOVF.jpg
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Jack_son_Author Commented:
I have the converter installed, but the export to ovf option is greyed out.....any ideas?
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Jack_son_Author Commented:
actually, got it, thanks guys!
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Power OFF the VM.
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coolsport00Commented:
Forgot about that...actually, doesn't 7.1 have the OVF tool as well? (gonna check)
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coolsport00Commented:
Yep: http://www.vmware.com/support/ws71/doc/releasenotes_ws71.html:

"OVF 1.1 Support — Import or export virtual machines and vApps to upload them to VMware vSphere or VMware vCloud. The VMware OVF Tool is a command-line utility bundled in the VMware Workstation installer. Use this tool along with VMware Workstation to convert VMware .vmx files to .ovf format or vice versa. VMware recommends that you use the OVF command-line utility. For more information, see the OVF Web site and OVF Tool User Guide"
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