Using VMware Workstation might be the easiest approach to access the files.
Depending on your host OS, and the virtual disks's file system, you may not even need to create a VM from the .vmdk, but you can simply map the virtual disk to your host OS.
One question though. Which Hypervisor was used to create the virtual disk? In case of e.g. ESXi the virtual disks consists of two files, a small descriptor/header file e.g. "<vmname>.vmdk", and a data file "<vmname>-flat.vmdk".
what is your scope of work , do you want deploy vm by using back up vmdk ?
Thanks your hint helped turn on the vm, however its super slow, I have the file on hard drive and it's large probably need to move it to sshd.