How to copy a VM from ESXi to Workstation 8

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Hi EE,

I want to copy a VM hosted on ESXi to Workstation 8. Mainly so that I can do some tests on the machine similar to one in production. I have seen on the net how to copy a VM from Workstation 8 to ESXi but not the other way round.

Any help is much appreciated.
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There are a few methods this can be done

1. Power Off the VM, Select the VM, and Select File, Export, Export OVF - this will export the VM "as is"

if you want to create a smaller VM, change the size of hard drive including partition

2. [VMware vCenter Converter Standalone

out of both methods

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Thanks hanccocka,

Have done <1. Power Off the VM, Select the VM, and Select File, Export, Export OVF - this will export the VM "as is" > and the VM is exporting as template. Is that what you meant by VM.

I've also install VMware vCenter Converter Standalone

and will check out your article.
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Yes, be careful because Export OVF function can be tempermental. It will be exported as an O
VF file, so you can import from this OVF file.

Converter works 100% all the time.

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The export was completed and now vm is on my machine. I have installed the convertor on my machine (used server and client option). Can I use this to get the vm running on workstation 8 now.

Thanks

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Thanks hanccocka for the solution. Workstation 8 was able to convert my experted vm template. Also I have installed vCenter Converter Standalone 5.0 and can access VMs on Esxi servers.

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