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upload vmdk file to a ESXi host 6.7

I have a vmdk file that on a external drive that I need to upload it to a  ESXi host 6.7. I don't have a vcenter just a host. What is the easier and fasters way to upload a vmdk file to the host and boot it up? and I only have he vmdk file, that all. Thank You guys!

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use something like winscp or filezilla; need to enable ssh on the host first (manage -> services -> ssh -> start)
create a folder under /vmfs/volumes/datastore1 (or whatever the datastore name is) and put the vmdk file there
once uploaded, will need to create your vm and attach the vmdk to boot from it
or add as a secondary disk if you have an existing vm you just want to read data from
Just connect to ESXi Host via the web browser, and use the datastore browser to upload!

BUT be careful where it came from, because sometimes it's just not a simple case of upload to get them to work!

The supported method is to use "VMware Converter"
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Ok, so i have uploaded the vmdk file from my external drive to the datastore1. Now i'm creating the vm from the 3th option which "Creating an existing virtual machine" then i browse and choose the datastore1, i see the vmdk file but it's gray out and I cannot select it..........?
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Ok. so the vmdk file came from avamar/data domains. A Avamar engineer was able to get me the vmdk along with some metadata, i'll attached a pic of the folder in a bit.