Solved

VM images used between VMWare Workstation and Fusion

Posted on 2014-01-27
2
612 Views
Last Modified: 2014-02-18
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!
0
Comment
Question by:bozer
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
2 Comments
 
LVL 25

Accepted Solution

by:
Zephyr ICT earned 300 total points
ID: 39814210
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).
0
 
LVL 121
ID: 39814339
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
0

Featured Post

MS Dynamics Made Instantly Simpler

Make Your Microsoft Dynamics Investment Count  & Drastically Decrease Training Time by Providing Intuitive Step-By-Step WalkThru Tutorials.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Giving access to ESXi shell console is always an issue for IT departments to other Teams, or Projects. We need to find a way so that teams can use ESXTOP for their POCs, or tests without giving them the access to ESXi host shell console with a root …
This article shows how to use a free utility called 'Parkdale' to easily test the performance and benchmark any Hard Drive(s) installed in your computer. We also look at RAM Disks and their speed comparisons.
This Micro Tutorial will give you basic overview of the control panel section on Windows 7. It will depth in Network and Internet, Hardware and Sound, etc. This will be demonstrated using Windows 7 operating system.
This Micro Tutorial will go in depth within Systems and Security in Windows 7 and will go into detail regarding Action Center, Windows Firewall, System, etc. This will be demonstrated using Windows 7 operating system.

623 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question