Copy Virtual Machine from ESXi to vmware workstation


I am running a SBS 2011 on ESXi , i am using it as a DC and exchange server. I need to shut it down for some maintenance but i dont want to impact my users.  I have another desktop (i7, 8GB Memory) with vmware workstation on it. How can i copy my SBS 2011 to vmware workstation on another computer, so that my users are able to login and use the email services as well?

I would appreciate Step by step assistance .
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
It's alot or work, and requires that you turn off your VM, and it could take several hours to transfer the data from ESXi server, to Workstation ?

Is it worth all the effort....

and it would take several hours to transfer back....

Why not just issue, an emergency downtime notice, and conduct this a late evening over the weekend ?

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Kind of sad this is the situation.  Part of the "love" in VMware had been the portability.  ;(
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