Migrate from VMware to VirtualBox

Anonymous KH
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Dear Experts,

I read that

To migrate from VMware to VirtualBox, you first need to export the VM in an .ovf file. To do that open the VMware folder located inside the “Programs Files” folder in the C drive. Once you are there, open the “OVFTool” folder. Press “Shift + right-click,” and then select the “Open Command Prompt here” option.

Is this the folder of the VM machine or the ESXi server?

Do I install the OVF Tool on the source VM itself?
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HuaMin ChenProblem resolver

You can also back up the whole OS within Vmware and further restore it in Virtualbox.
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You just Export the VM, using Export from the ESXi server, then you have an OVF.

You then install the OVF Tool on the Virtualbox Desktop computer, and Import it.

This may not work, as VMware and Virtualbox may not be compatible.
AlexSenior Infrastructure Analyst

Stupid question,

You keep saying VMware, what product are you actually using?

You can just export from within V-Center or ESXi.

What you have put is for workstation and not ESXi/V-Sphere.

Some clarification is needed to be fair.


Pete LongTechnical Consultant

I prefer to use PowerCLI to create these nowadays, but creating OVF files from the Web Client is pretty simple;

VMware vSphere – How to Import and Export OVF and OVA Files

As mentioned, you might want to remove the VMware Tools after you have finished, and install the Virtual Box 'Guest Additions' instead.

Anonymous KHIT Engineer


Wanted to export VM from ESXi server as last resort but found the solution, so did not export the VM.

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