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I currently run vms on vmware esxi. I only have 1 physical server. I want to switch to Citrix XenServer. I downloaded the XenConvert, but I am not sure how to do it.
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE)
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1. Remove VMware Tools.
2. Shutdown VM
3. Use the Export OVF option, using vSphere Client.
4. Use XenConvert to import the OVF
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I just installed the Xenconvert on the vm. I see the option to convert from this local computer to VHD.... I am not sure if this going to work, or I have to go through the long steps as hanccocka says
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either option will work!

its often best to convert a cold VM, eg off.
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both Procedures take the same time.
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>> 4. Use XenConvert to import the OVF

but when I open the xenconvert, I don't even see the import option... here is what I seecitrix
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE) earned 370 total points
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XenConvert 2.4.1 has removed this option.

Download and use 2.3.1.
http://www.citrix.com/English/ss/downloads/details.asp?downloadId=2306318&productId=683148

also see

How to Convert VMware Virtual Machines to XenServer Virtual Machines
http://support.citrix.com/article/CTX116603
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