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VM images used between VMWare Workstation and Fusion

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Hello experts,

I have several VM images which I turn on simultaneously on my PC. When I needed additional RAM for those images which I do not have on my PC, I added my MAC laptop to boot 2-3 of those VMs and work them altogether as a network.

MAC and VM Fusion is very new to me so I might have made a very big mistake by opening required VMs on MAC from the PC's harddisk. I thought this should work well and save me the trouble of copying image files back and forth. This turned out to be a big mistake.

I made some changes on the VMs I booted on the MAC, trying to make them work. However, I must have made bad choices with the display settings (retina) and network.

When I went back to boot those VMs on my PC, I found out their display, network and domain settings are damaged. When I used older snapshots, they were in the same state also.

The network and domain settings, I tried to solve without luck. The display settings were also irreparable - I reinstalled VMTools again. I did not work. So I went back to my backup set and replaced the new (damaged) ones.

There is still one VM which does not have a recent backup so I need some advice on how to repair that if at all possible. Should I consider modifying the VXM file? Or is my problem more severe than that?

In the future, what should I do to use the same VM Image between a PC and a MAC?

Thank you in advance!
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Hi, normally VM's from VMware Workstation are interchangeable with VMware Fusion, but there could be some hardware differences (e.g. cpu) that are not really compatible.

VMware has a KB about it: http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1002320

In most cases, when a VM is a bit broken, you can take the VMDK files and recreate the VM, so it's like you just trow away all the hardware but keep the disks (simplified of course).
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I would recommend converting virtual machines between Workstation and Fusion using VMware VMware vCenter Converter Standalone.

HOW TO: FAQ VMware P2V Troubleshooting

HOW TO:  P2V, V2V for FREE - VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.5
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