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muzscman
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VM Move from VMware Server to ESX 3.5

Short and simple. Have some VM's running on VMware Server. I just setup a ESX 3.5 host with a Virtual Center 2.5 license server. I moved over one VM via command line. vmdk file, vmx file, nvram file, vmsd and vmxf files. I browsed my datastore, found the vmx file, added it to my inventory and then attempted to start it up. When I tried to start it up, it gives me the error:

attempted operation cannot be performed in the current state (powered off)

I've checked and verified that it isn't somehow running via command line. a vmware-cmd getstate shows that it is powered off.

I've restarted all of the VC services and restarted the ESX host.

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AndreTheGiant
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Install VMware Converter on the same server of VMware Server.

Choose virtual machine as source, and virtual infrastructure as destination.

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muzscman
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ANother piece of info:

Vmware Server 2.0

VMware file vresion format is 8.

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AndreTheGiant
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Use VMware Converter to copy from VMware Server to ESX.

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I will give that a go.

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mehul96
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You will need to use vmware converter to 'process' all files and make them compatible with ESX

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AndreTheGiant
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Install VMware Converter on the same server of VMware Server.

Choose virtual machine as source, and virtual infrastructure as destination.

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AndreTheGiant
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Note that is also possible to manually copy the vmdk, but if the disk are in sparse format (2 GB trunks) and/or in thin format (dynamically) then you have to use vmkfstools to "convert" in the right format for ESX.

The vmx file, instead, is not compatible from VMware Server to ESX.

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muzscman
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Thanks guys. I used converter and it worked like a charm. For some reason I was under the impression that I could just manually copy and they should work. All is good now and the VM booted up right away.

Thanks!

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AndreTheGiant
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You're welcome.

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