VM images used between VMWare Workstation and Fusion

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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Zephyr ICTConnect With a Mentor Cloud ArchitectCommented:
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).
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
I would recommend converting virtual machines between Workstation and Fusion using VMware VMware vCenter Converter Standalone.

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