I have uploaded a VM from workstation to ESXi 5.5. This is a template vm that I had prepared in Workstation. (additionally I exported as an OVF and imported which gave me the advantage of Thin provisioning the disks, but the result was the same).
I get taken to the EFI boot manager, but have not successfully been able to boot.
I have removed the line from the .vmx file - firmware = "efi" - but this had the expected effect of not allowing the vm to boot.
I have also tried to add a boot option via the maintenance manager above but this failed (I may have been doing this wrong).
From the vmware.log I see:
Guest: EFI Shell inactive in default boot sequence
[msg.Backdoor.OsNotFound] No operating system was found.
Any help appreciated!
On a side note - I had to convert the OVF using the OVFtool to use the SHA1 algorithm to allow for import as the ESXi 5.5 did not support the SHA256 verification.
Did you import the WS-vmdk to ESXi format ?
If you dont know - which createType is listed in the vmdk-descriptorfile ?
Thanks for the reply - I have tried uploading from within Workstation itself to the remote ESXi Server. And in addition I have exported to OVF which i thought would allow import into any system not just VMware. I will look at this when next I can access and get back to you. I presume running 'vmkfstools -e filename.vmdk' against teh file on the host is a good check?
Ok, so looking at this, apologies for the delay, I see that I have a .vmdk of 10GB. I also have a .vmxf file and an empty .vmsd file. My understanding was that this is used by the snapshot manager, when you have snapshots otherwise is null.
I would expect VMware Workstation to handle the upload appropriately, also from an export to OVF this should import without issue?