nemo2k14
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What is the faster way of converting VMWare workstation VM's to ESXi?

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Hi there,

Was curious what is the faster way to convert a VMWare workstation VM to an ESXi compatible VM. Is the VMWare converter standalone method at the following URL the faster method:

http://www.networkinghowtos.com/howto/convert-virtual-machine-vmware-workstation-esxi-vsphere/

Or is the method below faster? The method below mentions converter standalone is required for Workstation 8 VM's but does not mention if it is required for Workstation 8 AND HIGHER VM's (ie: workstation 9 and 10).

http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=101225...

My end goal is export to a USB drive and then import to the ESXi server rather than convert and copy across the Network. I figure exporting to my 3 TB USB would be faster than copying the VM across the Network. Thoughts?

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Boloo
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I think the second is the best option  VMware KB: Exporting virtual machines from VMware Workstation to ESX/ESXi

As you can see you can export the VM and after import on the EXS (Do not use customization)

But uf you have Vmware Workstation 8 or higer you can connect it to the ESX server and move the machine. If you are in the same lan and do it in a low workload time it would be the best option.

Infrastructure Technical Leader at Tui Destination Services

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Boloo
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I think the second is the best option  VMware KB: Exporting virtual machines from VMware Workstation to ESX/ESXi

As you can see you can export the VM and after import on the EXS (Do not use customization)

But uf you have Vmware Workstation 8 or higer you can connect it to the ESX server and move the machine. If you are in the same lan and do it in a low workload time it would be the best option.

Infrastructure Technical Leader at Tui Destination Services

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KarthikeyanK
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The Second way is the best way to Exporting the virtual Machines to ESX and ESXI host..

http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=101225...

between data center migration V2V converter is best.

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nemo2k14
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Thanks guys, appreciate it!

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