Check if this KB helps: VMware KB: Exporting virtual machines from VMware Workstation to ESX/ESXi---1 person found this helpful
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Richardson, thanks for the info. That is helpful and it does seem that VMware is saying that I should in theory be able to do this. I can't remember what the hiccup I ran into previously was.
The remaining question I have has to do with Windows activation. I know that frequently when I have used VMware Converter to move a VM from one vCenter to another, that the Windows OS has deactivated, and I have had to call Microsoft to get a code to allow me to continue using Windows. I'd like to avoid this if possible. Is this avoidable when I am going from VMware workstation to ESXi? Paricularly I am thinking about Windows 2008 and 2012 but also Windows 7.
i would use vcenter convertor. (workstation image to infrastructure) then you don't have the problem of reactivating i think.
i use workstation to test stuff
i always start from scratch if i go to esxi or vcenter
Thanks for reply- My goal is not to have to start from scratch because
these vms take a long time to build. I know vmware converter can cause the
On Saturday, July 26, 2014, vervoortjurgen <firstname.lastname@example.org>
This is not really a converter problem but a OS issue. What causes deactivation/reactivation requests? Things like generating a new SID on WIndows will do so, so just do not generate a new SID. Then migration should work. Check out all the ways a reactivation will be required and counter them during your migration.
There is one other way to import items from Workstation into ESXi... use a backup tool. Backup the VM, then restore it into another VM running within ESXi. Again be sure you do nothing that would force reactivation.
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