Moving a VM from Workstation to ESXi

Posted on 2016-08-10
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Is it possible to move a VM from VMworkstation to an ESXi environment?  If so, what would be the recommended best practice?
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To export an existing virtual machine:
Shut down the virtual machine and close its tab in the Workstation interface.
Go to File > Import or Export.
In the wizard, set the type of source to Other.
Input the path to the virtual machine's .vmx configuration file. The path looks similar to:
C:\Users\Your Name\Documents\Virtual Machines\My VM\My VM.vmx
You can leave the disks the same size that they are, or reduce or increase the space as needed.
Choose VMware Infrastructure Virtual Machine as the destination type.
Provide the ESX/ESXi host name and login information.
Choose the appropriate settings for datastore, network, virtual machine name, etc.
Under Step 3: Customization, make sure to install VMware Tools so that the virtual machine works as expected when running on an ESX/ESXi host.
Click Finish.
This process creates a clone of the Workstation virtual machine on the ESX/ESXi host.
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The correct and recommended method of "moving" a Virtual Machine from VMware Workstation to VMware vSphere it to use VMware Converter.

see my EE Article

HOW TO:  P2V, V2V for FREE - VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 6.1

HOW TO: FAQ VMware P2V Troubleshooting

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