Add a vmware workstation virtual machine into vsphere server

Jay Thomas
Jay Thomas used Ask the Experts™
On the same laptop i have deployed "vmware workstation 9" and have 2 virtual servers. I also deployed have 2 ESXi servers under workstation and hosts deployed to the ESXi servers which is controlled by vsphere center.
My question - is there anyway i can import the 2 virtaul servers that i have deployed under vm workstation into one of the ESXi servers.

Thanks as always
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Yes, you will need to use VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.5, to convert them to ESXi.

see my EE Articles

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

HOW TO: FAQ VMware P2V Troubleshooting

Rough Steps:-

Here are you step by step instructions,

1. Click Convert Machine

2. Powered-on machine

3. Select the This Local Machine Radio Button

4. Followed by Next

5. Leave Destination type as Default - VMware Infrastructure virtual machine

6. type vCenter server FQDN or IP Address

7. enter username and password for vCenter

8. Followed by next

9. Enter name for VM in the Inventory, this must be unique and different (it's not the OS hostname!) (e.g. just add a 1, e.g. VM1 (you can change later!)

10. Select a folder for VM

11. Select a host and cluster

12. Select a datastore (with space)

13. I would recommend vm version 8.0 (or same as current VM!)

14. Followed By Next

15. This is the Summary Page, this is where you change the SIZE!!!!

16. At the Top Data to Copy:- Click Edit

17. Select the Destination Drop Down, you will see options Max Size, Min Size, and Type in a Size.

18. Type in the Required Size!

19. Re-check Summary

20. Hit Finish, it will submit job, and wait for copy!

21. If all goes well, you will end up with a new VM, of the correct Size in the Inventory.

22. Turn off this VM,

23. Power-up new VM.

24. Job Done.

25. Archive/Backup old VM.

26. Remove old VM.

27. Rename new V2Ved VM in Inventory correct name!


Thanks again Andrew, really appreciate your help as always. I will give it a go now and let you know how i get on.


Hi Andrew, I have the standalone downloaded but where would i deploy it to exactly? I was just going to install it to the laptop because i can access the current VMs but i see the guide talks about specifying the datastore so im not sure if i can do this from my laptop?
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oh, i run it from within the virtual machine to be converted i see now?


Both running now mate. On the bit about changing the size of the VM, does this mean that If i want to extended teh system partition of a server then this is where I can do it ?


Thanks Andrew, all done many thanks again
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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Yes, it's best and recommended to install "Converter" in the VM to be converted, and you can then adjust size if you require.

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