My Colleague is out, but asked me to setup a VM server for him and gave me the .vmdk file. How do I get this into VMWare

Hello EE,
I have a .vmdk I'd like to make a VM from, but the file is on my computer now and I don't know how to get it into VMWare or how to create a template from it.  Any input would be great!  It is for Windows 2012
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Leroy LuffHead of IT & DIgitalCommented:
Open Hyper V on server 2012.

Right click on server and choose new Virtual machine.

Give it a name and follow the wizard. When it asks for storage click the radio button that says use existing hardrive. Browse to find the vmdk you have and select it.

Regards
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
First you will need to use either VMware Workstation or VMware Player, if you want to use this for Hyper-V, you will need to convert the VMDK to VHD first, so you will need to use the following tool - V2V Converter by Starwind.

https://www.starwindsoftware.com/converter

VMware Player 12.0 Free Download [FREE]
http://www.vmware.com/go/downloadplayer/

VMware Workstation 12.0 (60 day trial, $199) [EVALUATION]
www.vmware.com/go/downloadworkstation

Once you have downloaded and installed the VMware Hypervisor applications, you need to create a custom virtual machhine, (excluding the hard disk, because you already have it), and add the existing hard disk, (vmdk file), by browsing and selecting it.

It would be helpful, if you new which OS, was in the VMDK, and allocate CPU and Memory accordingly.
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operationsITAuthor Commented:
I'm not Hyper- V it's all VMware
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Okay, so this is a Windows 2012 VM ?

so, this applies....

Mware Player 12.0 Free Download [FREE]
http://www.vmware.com/go/downloadplayer/

VMware Workstation 12.0 (60 day trial, $199) [EVALUATION]
www.vmware.com/go/downloadworkstation

Once you have downloaded and installed the VMware Hypervisor applications, you need to create a custom virtual machhine, (excluding the hard disk, because you already have it), and add the existing hard disk, (vmdk file), by browsing and selecting it.

It would be helpful, if you new which OS, was in the VMDK, and allocate CPU and Memory accordingly.
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operationsITAuthor Commented:
It is Windows 2012 and I'm on Vsphere 5

What hypervisor apps?  Is there a step by step or just a first few steps how to create a VM from my .vmdk sitting on a file share?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Sorry, you did not make this clear, I assumed you had NOTHING!

other than a lonely sorry VMDK file on a USB stick!

Okay, so you have

1. VMware vSphere 5.x.

2. A VMDK ?

First you will need to upload the VMDK file to the VMFS datastore.

Do you know how to do this?

see my EE Articles here, step by step with instructions..

Part 1: HOW TO: Install and Configure VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1)

Part 2: HOW TO: Connect to the VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1) using the vSphere Client

Part 3: HOW TO: Create an ISO CD-ROM/DVD-ROM image (*.iso), and MD5 checksum signature, for use with VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1)

Part 4: HOW TO: Upload an ISO CD-ROM/DVD-ROM image to a VMware datastore for use with VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1) using the vSphere Client, and checking its MD5 checksum signature is correct.

You can follow the above, to connect to vSphere 5.0, upload the VMDK file to a datastore, and then create a VM as follows:-

Part 7: HOW TO: Create your first Windows Virtual Machine on a VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1) Host Server

but make sure it's a Custom VM for WIndows 2012, and then select and add the VMDK disk.
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operationsITAuthor Commented:
Loaded VMDK but when choose custom and to use existing disk don't see it.  Though browsing template can see it there

When I look for disk file path under custom it's not visible (see missing)
missing-vmdk.PNG
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
can you screenshot the files you have on your windows file share, it's possible, that you do not have all the virtual disk files.

which then renders the files you have useless.
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operationsITAuthor Commented:
here it is
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Ah, okay....

What you have got is an exported Virtual Machine, which just needs importing....

and guess what I have another EE Article here, I've written, step by step with instructions on How to Import this into VMware vSphere, no need to do anything, rename/create VM etc

Part 10: HOW TO: Backup (Export) and Restore (Import) virtual machines to VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 for FREE
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operationsITAuthor Commented:
So many great articles!  Thanks
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