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Cloning and copying VMs to a test machine

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Got a few VMs running under Vsphere 5.1

What we want to do is take these to a physical Windows 2008 server - install VM software and get these VMs running.

 
Knowledge of Vsphere is limited. :-(

 
I guess I could clone these VMs, copy the files off (dont know how)?

Whats best to install on top of the Windows 2008 - will vmware player work?

 
Anyone happy to provide basic instructions?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 500 total points
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Yes, you can use VMware Player, Workstation or Oracle Virtualbox.

VMware Player 7.0 Free Download [FREE]
http://www.vmware.com/go/downloadplayer/

VMware Workstation 11.0 (60 day trial, $199) [EVALUATION]
www.vmware.com/go/downloadworkstation

Oracle Virtualbox 4.0 [FREE]
http://www.virtualbox.org/ 

VMware Player is not designed for Windows 2008 R2, and it's only for use non-commercial.

You could add the Hyper-V role, and Convert the VMs to Hyper-V.

see my EE Articles

HOW TO:  Convert and Migrate virtual machines and disks to Hyper-V and Windows Azure

To convert machines to VMware Products see here

HOW TO:  P2V, V2V for FREE - VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.5.3 - Shellshock "BASH" Fix included in this version
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