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Compatibility VMDKs vsphere 5.1.0/Workstation10/Workstation 11

Posted on 2014-12-09
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Download VMDKs from vsphere 5.1.0 and loaded these into Workstation 11 running under Windows 7. Works Fine.

Plan is to tidy a few things up and then import them into either WS 10 or ESXi 5.1.0.

Am I going to get any problems doing this? Does WS11 change any of the format in any way which would make import impossible?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE) earned 500 total points
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VMware Workstation can change the format, and it's wise to check the Virtual Machine Version is the same.

The recommended method of "moving/copying" virtual machines between Hypervisors (e.g. VMware Workstation and ESXi) is to use VMware Converter.

VMware Workstation 10.0 <> VMware Workstation 11 moving VMs between them is fine, just check the virtual machine version is the same.

There will come a time, when copying/moving between ESXi and Workstation will fail! Hence use Converter, or there are new fucntions, that allow you to Upload Workstation VMs to ESXi, from within the Workstation product.

NEVER MOVE VMs with Snapshots!

see my EE Articles

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