Import VMWare Virtual machine to a VMWare server

Hi Experts, I have some converted old systems I regularly mount using VMWare Workstation.  I recently got a VMWare server and was looking for a way to import them to the server.  

Question, how can I do this.

Thanks all.
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Zacharia KurianAdministrator- Data Center & NetworkCommented:
Do you mean that you  want move VMware Workstation Virtual Machine to VMware ESXi Server? If so, look at the below links;


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DanOwnerAuthor Commented:
Wow Zacharia, I think that's what I'm looking for, I'll try that at work tomorow.  Thanks again.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Sometimes, you can just copy the files, but the recommend method is to use "VMware Converter." and perform a V2V.

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DanOwnerAuthor Commented:
Thanks guys, great articles, I do get stuck on one step, that's why I haven't posted, I tried diffrent versions of Workstation, all the same result.

The steps are as follows, remove tools, shut down VM system, remove all devices, i.e. cd rom, floppy etc.  that all works, the next step is to click file, then export then select virtual apliance from the drop down.  The only thing I have from file is "export to to OVF.  

I must be missing something, I just can't figure it out.  I'm using VMware Workstation 11.

Or if there is a way to import the converted machine directly to the EXSi server without the WS that would work also.

thanks guys
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Yes use VMware Converter.
DanOwnerAuthor Commented:
Thanks Andrew, I used the converted I have the files, I just don't know how to get them to the server.  The directions I got are using the WS, thats where I got stuck.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
What do you have an OVF ?

Select Deploy from OVF, on the vSphere Client ?

Or a bunch of files and which files ?
DanOwnerAuthor Commented:
Sorry Andrew, In my workstation client, I the only export option  I had was OVF, don't know what that is.
DanOwnerAuthor Commented:
Thanks guys, so I got confused, the directions I got here was to use the Workstation client to transfer it, but it's the Stand Alone Converter that transfers it.  

Open the Client, transfer, then go through the prompts.

Thanks guys, you rock.
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