How to make P2V'd Vmware virtual machine work on Esxi Vcenter?

Hi guys

I did a P2V of a Windows 7 64-bit machine with the Vmware converter. However, I would like to now run this on our Esxi servers.

I am running Vmware 5.5.  I have tried adding the .vmx file to the inventory and that showed it as 'invalid'. So I created a new VM and removed the original disk and added a new existing disk and proceeded for it to see the location of the .VMDK file. When I powered it up, I got an error about the scsi drive I believe. I deleted the VM like an idiot and so I forgot the actual error.

Is there a way you would recommend for this to work?

Thanks for helping
Yashy
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
I did a P2V of a Windows 7 64-bit machine with the Vmware converter.

to where - VMware Workstation ?

There is no need to manually add VMX files or VMDKS, you P2V or V2V direct to ESXi, and you have a VM you can then just power on.


Use VMware Converter, again to P2V (or V2V) it direct to the ESXi 5.5 or vCenter Server. It needs to be converted again
YashyAuthor Commented:
"Use VMware Converter, again to P2V (or V2V) it direct to the ESXi 5.5 or vCenter Server. It needs to be converted again", that is not possible as the machine it is on is on a totally separate network and will never be able to see the Esxi server. So I had to use the converter to put it all on an external hard disk. Then upload all of that content onto our datastore on our SAN.

Why converted again? Surely the files I have converted that consist of all of the .vmdk, .vmsd, .vmx, .mvxf and the nvram file should somehow be able to power on?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Then upload all of that content onto our datastore on our SAN.

I thought as much - wrong!

So run VMware Converter (AGAIN).... browse to the copy you have on external hard disk. (the vmx file), and Convert again to Destination ESXi...VMware vSphere infrastructure....

You cannot, and it's not recommended just to copy the files you have to the ESXi server, because they've been converted, and the format you currently have them in is VMware Workstation format - possibly...

Not ESXi !

Understand and following ?

Although ALL VMware files, the format is different between  VMware Workstation and ESXi

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YashyAuthor Commented:
Aaaah...I get it now Andy. Thanks a lot mate. Should I just use the VMware vCenter Converter Standalone?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Yes
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