Is it possible to export a VM from VMware Workstation to vSphere?

I am evaluating Veeam. My understaning is that you can only backup virtual machines and not physical machine. However, the VMs you backup up must reside in either a vSphere or HyperV environment. My test vSphere environment is all misonfigured at the moment, and I do not have the time to reconfigure it. I do have a VMware Workstation environment that I use often. For the purpose of evaluating Veeam, Is it possible to export a VM from VMware Workstation to vSphere?

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joukiejoukAsked:
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quizwedgeCommented:
I don't know anything about Veeam, but looks like VMWare has a KB article that may help converting VMWare to vSphere http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1022152) or here's a blog post on Veeam's site for moving from VMware to Veeam (http://www.veeam.com/blog/how-to-move-a-vmware-vm-from-one-host-to-another-without-vmware-vmotion.html) Hope that helps.
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Zephyr ICTCloud ArchitectCommented:
Yes it's possible, if you can directly connect to the remote ESXi server it's even easier. But you'll need a Workstation version above 8.5.

http://pubs.vmware.com/workstation-10/index.jsp?topic=%2Fcom.vmware.ws.using.doc%2FGUID-8C854257-8595-4877-B985-1DC801E98E88.html

Sorry for the long link, I'm on mobile at the moment.

Basically you connect to the ESXi server and move your VM there directly. If this is not possible you could always use converter.
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joukiejoukAuthor Commented:
spravtek,

I am following your suggestion, and seems to be working. It is currently doing the transfer at the moment. The other question I have is will Veeam allow me to incorporate VM Workstation 9 environment? I have a few VMs that I'd like to back up. I currently incorporated ESXi Server (standalone) into Veeam but it is a little flaky at the moment, and i think the evaluation has expired. That may be the reason I get an error when trying to run backup. See error in second screenshot. How would I change the license back to evaluation if it has or may have expired?

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Zephyr ICTCloud ArchitectCommented:
According to the screenshot you still have 19 days remaining, so it's probably something else...
What ESXi version are you running ... It's a stand-alone host right? Free version?

By the way, I don't think Veeam supports backup for VMware Workstation, it never has in the past, don't know if this changed... Maybe check release notes.
You can use the veeam end-client backup tool they now have available (free) to backup your computer with the workstation files/vm's on it.
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joukiejoukAuthor Commented:
Running vSphere version 5.5.0. It is a stand-alone host with a few VMs. License is valid.

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Keep getting the following error when initiating a backup. Tried a couple of VMs with same error.

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The servers license are valid and activated. The ESX host license is valid is well. What am I doing wrong here?
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Zephyr ICTCloud ArchitectCommented:
What's the Veeam version?

What license is it? Did you pay for the licensen of got it free? Sorry for all the questions but it narrows down the possibilities.
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joukiejoukAuthor Commented:
Veeam is evaluation (Availability Suite 8).
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Zephyr ICTCloud ArchitectCommented:
I think you have the ESXi free version, as far as I can tell ... Which will not work with Veeam, licensed or not ...

Check other solutions like ghettoVCB and Trilead VM Explorer
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You are using the FREE version of ESXi.

Please see my recent EE Article

12 commercial software backup products for VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) you should be evaluating today

as per your opening question, you can use VMware Converter, to move VMs between VMware products.

see another of my EE Articles

HOW TO:  P2V, V2V for FREE - VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 6.0
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joukiejoukAuthor Commented:
Let me clarify that I need to use Veeam as a way to gain knowledge of it so that I can implement it in my work environment. So it looks like I either need a full version of vSphere or downgrade the license from Free to evaluation. From what I read, you can only adjust this if you are within the 60 days trial period. I've exceeded the 60 days. What are my options now? Would I need to re-install the ESX host and add it back to vSphere or re-install vSphere client (evaluation) again in order to do backups using Veeam?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Let me clarify that I need to use Veeam as a way to gain knowledge of it so that I can implement it in my work environment. So it looks like I either need a full version of vSphere or downgrade the license from Free to evaluation.

This does not work, once FREE it's FREE. Re-install ESXi, and do not apply the FREE license.
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Zephyr ICTCloud ArchitectCommented:
Yes, only options left are either buying a commercial  license or re-install the host and not apply a license to benefit from the 60 days trial.
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joukiejoukAuthor Commented:
I was able to switch from Free back to evaluation that gives me 60 days! I am now able to do backups!
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Zephyr ICTCloud ArchitectCommented:
Great stuff ;-)
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