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Really new to Esx - How do I copy my existing vmware machines to esx?

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Greetings,

I am really new to esx.

I have been using Vmware server free edition and have created and imported some machines converted with Vmware Converter.

So I have these machines and I would like to import them into Esx.

How do I do that please?

Thanks.

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admin
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You can also do this using the Converter.

Otherwise it's a manual process of SCPing the VMDK files to your ESX server, using vmkfstools -i <source.vmdk> <destination.vmdk> to import them to a VMFS volume, then creating a new VM and selecting to 'use existing disk files' and browsing to your imported VMDK files.

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admin
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You can also do this using the Converter.

Otherwise it's a manual process of SCPing the VMDK files to your ESX server, using vmkfstools -i <source.vmdk> <destination.vmdk> to import them to a VMFS volume, then creating a new VM and selecting to 'use existing disk files' and browsing to your imported VMDK files.

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spex
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If you own converter enterprise you can select as target your virtual center without restrictions.

Converter basic allows you to select an esx server as target only when you install converter on the source vm.

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Spex

virtual07
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Thanks guys,

I used the converter and it worked no swet.

But I have two requests please:

1- Could elaborate on how to do the following since I am truly new to esx:

"Otherwise it's a manual process of SCPing the VMDK files to your ESX server, using vmkfstools -i <source.vmdk> <destination.vmdk> to import them to a VMFS volume, then creating a new VM and selecting to 'use existing disk files' and browsing to your imported VMDK files. "

2- I would like to save some space on my esx server. The pcs I converted have a 30 gig drive but only 5 gigs are used. The remaining is free. When it is converted it takes 30 gig of my esx storage.

Is there a way to trim that to 8 gigs for example to be more realistic?

Thanks

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>2- I would like to save some space on my esx server. The pcs I converted have a 30 gig drive but only 5 gigs are used. The >remaining is free. When it is converted it takes 30 gig of my esx storage.

>Is there a way to trim that to 8 gigs for example to be more realistic?

In Converter, in the wizard page which allows you to select disks/volumes, you can select the sizes of the new volumes to create.

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esiebert7625
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I have several methods documented here....

http://www.vmware-land.com/Vmware_Tips.html#VM1

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