VMWARE converter question , can I convert something with out a ESXi install?

I have an isolated server that cannot talk to the network , it is physical 2008 , can I somehow convert this to a VM onto a USB drive or something?

thanks in advance !
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RickEpnetCommented:
That should not be a problem. You will need to install VMware converter on that machine and then convert it to a VMware Workstation format
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NAMEWITHELD12Author Commented:
That should not be a problem. You will need to install VMware converter on that machine and then convert it to a VMware Workstation format

ok then I can take the VMDKs and copy to a external hard drive and then copy them to a datastore that my vCenter can see .

i should be able to register the VMDK and boot it right?

thanks !
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RickEpnetCommented:
Here are a few different ways you can do it. You can use VMware converter again to move it onto you vSphere environment or you can use VMware Workstation to bundle it to an OVF and then deploy it that way, You will not be able to simply copy the files over.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Yes, or Convert directly to vCenter Server, and then there is no messing around with copying vmdk files around.
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RickEpnetCommented:
I do not think he can convert directly because the machine has no network connection unless I miss-understood.
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insidetechCommented:
Alternately:
If you have a backup of your Physical machine, you can create new VM and simply restore to it.
I find that using Acronis Backup & Recovery® 11.5 Server for Windows with the Universal Restore option does FANTASTIC job and in many cases it is much cleaner way of converting P2V compared to VMware Converter.
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