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Can't add .vmx file to ESXi 4.1 stand alone installation

Posted on 2014-07-29
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Hi all.
I have copied a master imaged from a vsphere 4.1 cluster environment to a data store for a single ESXi 5.5 installation. When I right click the .vmx from within the data store and add to inventory it works just fine ie. it lists the machine name. Then when I power it on I chose the option "I copied it". but then I get an error message - please see attachment. Is this an error or can I not export a machine from 4.1 into 5.5?
I have included two attachments. the first details the error and the second shows the files in the data store.

And, when I try to copy the *.vmdk file to another folder in the data store I get an error message "a specified parameter was not correct. name too long or wrong type.

Many thanks
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this may be a better option of transfer

see my EE Article

Part 10: HOW TO: Backup (Export) and Restore (Import) virtual machines to VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 for FREE

But you should be able to transfer the files with no issues....

how was it transferred...

the error indicates either snapshot of vmdk issue (corrupt)

V2V using VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.5

HOW TO:  P2V, V2V for FREE - VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.5
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by:Jason Thomas
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Hi Andrew,

If I run up the convertor how do I point it at a VM in a ESXi 4.1 cluster? And, I guess I need to make a copy of it first to keep the original?
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by:Jason Thomas
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Hi, forget that I have worked it out but here now is my problem.
On the 4.1 production cluster we have one Win2008 Template. I navigated the data store, created a new folder and copied the Win2008 files into the new folder.
When I copied off the new folder is when the corruption occurred but heres what I try next.
Using VM convertor I navigate to the vSphere cluster, authenticate and the search for templates but I only see the original. So my copying the files didn't create a new template clearly. So, I need to V2V the template but a copy of it so that it is still available on the cluster - any ideas?
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You can only convert a VM, so use Deploy from Template to a VM.

and then either Export to OVF or V2V using Converter.
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by:Jason Thomas
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So have my servername under the templates folder in vsphere. I don't see an option to deploy from template?
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Do you have vCenter Server to create templates?
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by:Jason Thomas
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Hi, its ok I found it, on 4.1 it's called Clone to New Virtual Machine, is that what you meant? I'm currently doing a V2V from production vsphere to a standalone ESXi host running 5.5 - slow, 15 minutes in and only 4%. Get back to you when done.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 500 total points
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Ok....

Clone to virtual machine will do, it converts the template to a VM, which can then be copied, V2V, OVF Exported or what ever...

as for slow....have an article for that...

HOW TO: Improve the transfer rate of a Physical to Virtual (P2V), Virtual to Virtual Conversion (V2V) using VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.0

HOW TO: FAQ VMware P2V Troubleshooting

it's a data move, I generally do not watch them, I go off and do something else......

depends on many things, network, datastores speed of read and write...
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by:Jason Thomas
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I thought about your article on speeding up the v2v but I thought - does removing the ssl  apply  here considering the source is on 4.1? Isn't the asleep a feature of 5.5? I'm probably wrong
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by:Jason Thomas
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Isn't the ssl a feature of 5.5?
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it disables the SSL encryption of VMware Converter, which can slow down transfer.
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by:Jason Thomas
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Thank you.
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