One of the most useful features of Workstation for ESXi-admins is the option to use Workstation for Coldclone P2V.
To do that you boot a P2V candidat into a LiveCD with VMware Workstation.
Then you would create a new VM and assign the physical disks of the physical machine.
Then you would run vmware-vdiskmanager -r to convert the physical vmdks to regular vmdks.
With current builds this is no longer possible.
vmware-vdiskmanager complains that the vmdk is not a virtual disk.
This means that current Workstation no longer can be used for P2V.
This is a real pity ....
For the record - this is not a critical issue - it just shows that the developers do not seem to know how cool Workstation once was ....
Can anybody please try the following steps - it will just take a few minutes to test this.
1. create new VM
2. add a physical disk and name it physical.vmdk
3. run the vmware-vdiskmanager command:
vmware-vdiskmanager -r <path_to_physical.vmdk> -t 0 <path_to_import.vmdk>
4. report the error message