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VMWare Converter to a File?

I am trying to perform a P2V conversion of a Windows 2008 R2 server using the VMware Converter utility.  Unfortunately, the intended target VMware ESXi is unreachable from this server, so I need to be able to use a file path instead.

I can only seem to do this if I use VMware Workstation 9.0.x as the option, and this resulting vm guest will not boot on the intended ESXi target due to incompatibility issues.  Is there any way to do this?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
That is correct, Convert to a path and file, as VMware Workstation, and then later use VMware Converter, to Convert from this file and path to your ESXi server!

when you've re-located the computer near the ESXi search so it's reachable.

It does not matter about the intermediate version, because you are CONVERTING!
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Mr TorturSystem EngineerCommented:
Hi,
You can make a BESR or Acronis (e.g.) full backup and then import this file in VMware Converter.
See here :
https://www.vmware.com/support/converter/doc/conv_sa_60_rel_notes.html
(See "Third-party backup images and virtual machines" section on the URL)
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NAMEWITHELD12Author Commented:
Thanks!
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
@Mrtortur - that does not work anymore, not worked for a few years now, format was changed by Vendors, and VMware keep stating it's supported....

Waste of time, UNLESS you have the older versions of the Vendor products...
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Mr TorturSystem EngineerCommented:
Ok Andrew, thanks for the feedback.
Though I still have old versions ;-)
But you're right, not quite a good advice to give to other people now then.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Yes, we have the old versions of everything....
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NAMEWITHELD12Author Commented:
Yeah, I just ran through it with the VMware Converter 5.1.2 and ESXi 5.5 -- worked like a charm.  Sometimes it's best to keep that old software around :-)
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