OmerAlomeri
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Export from Esxi to workstation 6.0.4

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I exported ovf from esxi 4.1.0 to my PC and I want to open it in vmware workstation 6.0.4, but it can not be opened a message "Could not open Virtual machine: xxxxxx,    File: xxxxxxxx.ovf line1:syntax error?  Who can help please

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a_p_
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Welcome to the Community,

This happens likely due to the OVF version used in both products, i.e. the ESXi version being newer that the Workstation version. What you may do is to use the OVFtool to create a VM from the OVF and then do some minor modifications (e.g. changing the virtual hardware version) to make it work in WS 6..

see VMware Open Virtualization Format Tool - VMware Developer Center

André

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a_p_
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Welcome to the Community,

This happens likely due to the OVF version used in both products, i.e. the ESXi version being newer that the Workstation version. What you may do is to use the OVFtool to create a VM from the OVF and then do some minor modifications (e.g. changing the virtual hardware version) to make it work in WS 6..

see VMware Open Virtualization Format Tool - VMware Developer Center

André

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JJustino
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Good afternoon,

I have a simpler solution.

Access your host via SSH.


1-After accessing your host via SSH navigate to the location where this VM


cd /vmfs/volumes/datastore/VirtualMachine


2-Turn off your virtual machine

edit the file .vmx

saw machine-virtuai.vmx

change the file

virtualHW.version = "9"

Assign the number 9


3-Save the vmx file


4-Do not connect your virtual machine


5-Export it to OVF


6-Import it to your VMware workstation

http://blog.waldrondigital.com/2014/01/21/how-to-downgrade-vmware-esxi-5-5-virtual-machine-hardware-...

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