rulmer
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How do I move a VM from Workstation v9.x to ESXi v5.1?

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Hello all.

I am having problems moving a VM from Workstation v9.x to ESXi v5.1.

I have tried numerous ways to accomplish this and run into the same apparent issue every way I go.

If I 'move' the VM from within Workstation (either by Manage>Move or by drag and drop), I get an error that says, "Upload failed: The operation is not supported on the object."

I have tried to export the VM to an OVF template and deploy that into ESXi. This fails with the message, "Failed to deploy OVF package: The operation is not supported on the object."

Basically, this is the same message.

Could this be an issue with the virtual hardware version of the VM? I have tried it with a VM with v6.5 - v7 hardware as well as one with v8.

Are there Virtual Hardware devices that Workstation allows but ESXi does not? Where can I find a list of the supported / unsupported virtual hardware?

Is there any chance that something didn't upgade correctly when I updated from ESXi v4.x to v5.0 and / or from v5.0 to v5.1?

Is it possible that the datastore format is the wrong format? The datastores are currently have a primary VMFS partition. The file system is listed as VMFS 5.54. could that be a problem?

I would appreciate any and all assistance in getting me past this stumbling block.

If you need any more details, I'll be happy to provide them. I just don't konw what I don't know.

Regards,

Bob Ulmer

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memaad
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Hi,

Use VMwar Standalone convertor for converting virtual machine from Workstation to ESXI host 5.1

http://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/converter_pubs.html

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Mohammed

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memaad
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Hi,

Use VMwar Standalone convertor for converting virtual machine from Workstation to ESXI host 5.1

http://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/converter_pubs.html

Regards

Mohammed

Mohammed Emaad |VCP 3, 4,5 |VCP -NV 6 | VCP-DT 51 | vCAP4-DCA | VCAP5DCA | | Mark it as helpful or correct if my suggestion is useful.

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memaad
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Hi,

Here is link with screen shot

http://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/vmware-converter.html

Regards

Mohammed

Mohammed Emaad |VCP 3, 4,5 |VCP -NV 6 | VCP-DT 51 | vCAP4-DCA | VCAP5DCA | | Mark it as helpful or correct if my suggestion is useful.
rulmer
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Thank you for your prompt reply.

Is VMWare Converter the ONLY option?

What about OVF export? Shouldn't I be able to export the Workstation file to an OVF format then import or deploy that OVF file in ESXi?

Every time I have tried that, it fails as well.

Are there any references for the OVF format?

Thank you again.

Regards,

Bob Ulmer

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aravinds3107
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Did you tried the upload option form workstation VM-> Mange -> Upload

OVF option also work fine

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rulmer
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Thank you for the fast reply!

Yes, I tried the Manage > Upload path and it always fails with a non-descript error that says, "Upload failed: The operation is not supported on the object." I have no idea what that means and there is no error code to search for.

I have tried to export to an OVF format, but again, the deploy fails with a similar message, "Failed to deploy OVF package: The operation is not supported on the object."

Where can I get more information on the OFV export and deployment?

I will be receiving some VMs in an OVF format in the near future and I want to be prepared to use them.

Thanks again.

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aravinds3107
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Take a look here for some OVF documents

http://www.vmware.com/support/developer/ovf/

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continuum
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the most reliable way is to convert the vmdk to ESXi-compatible type with vmware-vdiskmanager.
Then upload the vmx and the vmdk via Winscp.

Converter and OVF are unreliable in my experience

Do you need support with a recovery problem ? - send a message via skype "sanbarrow"
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vinabyte
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Should go to Edit virtual machine settings

=> Network Adapter => Select NAT: Used to share the host's IP address

=> Display: Select Specify monitor settings: Select Number of monitors = 1, Maximum resolution of any one monitor: 1920 * 1080

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