4 Replies Latest reply on Sep 9, 2019 5:11 AM by wila

    Migrating a VM to a new mac

    Sentenza13 Lurker

      Hello,

      I have read all the documentation of Fusion and now I do know how to migrate a VM to Mars and activate it from my bed but I did not find anything on the most basic migration every user has to proceed to a day.

      I have bought a new mac and I need to migrate my VM from my old mac to the new one.

      Any help please?

        • 2. Re: Migrating a VM to a new mac
          wila Guru
          User ModeratorsvExpertCommunity Warriors

          Hi,

           

          The link from the other poster isn't bad, but it is 9 years old advice and not all of it makes sense. The advice from etung is solid though, the bits from Richard Cardona probably too.

           

          The steps are basically.

           

          1. Shut down your Virtual Machines

          2. Commit any open snapshots where the VM was running at the time of the snapshot.

          3. Copy the Virtual Machine to your new system

          4. Use File Open to select the VM -> take a snapshot so you can go back to initial boot stage

          5. Start the VM

          6. On open it will ask "did you copy or move" the VM. Unless you want to run on both old as well as new laptop you should answer "move". If you answer copy you will end up with new virtual hardware and an operating system such as Microsoft Windows will require you to re-activate. (Unless you have a windows license where you don't have to re-activate)

           

          That's it.

          Once you are happy with how it works, commit the snapshot from step 4.

           

          As for migrating VMware Fusion itself. I recommend to install fresh.

           

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          Wil

          | Author of Vimalin. The virtual machine Backup app for VMware Desktop Products
          | Vimalin : Automated backups for VMware Fusion and VMware Workstation Professional
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          • 3. Re: Migrating a VM to a new mac
            Sentenza13 Lurker

            Thanks for your quick answer. Concerning "install fresh" how do I have to proceed in order not to have any issue with the licence system? I mean, if I install a second time with the same licence number, I suspect it could be detected and something might go wrong, right?

            • 4. Re: Migrating a VM to a new mac
              wila Guru
              vExpertUser ModeratorsCommunity Warriors

              Hi,

               

              Nah, VMware is totally cool about that.

               

              First off as a non business user you can install VMware Fusion on any computer you own.

               

              See:

              What is VMware Fusion? | FAQs

               

              Quote:

               

               

              Can I use a single license on more than one Mac?

               

              VMware Fusion for personal use:

              You may install and use VMware Fusion for personal, non-commercial use on any Apple-branded products running Mac OS X ("Mac Computer") that you own or control.

               

              VMware Fusion for commercial use:

              If you are a commercial enterprise or educational institution, you may install and use the Software on a number of Apple-branded products running Mac OS X ("Mac Computer") that you own or control equal to the number of licenses purchased. Installing and using the Software on multiple Mac Computers with a single license is prohibited even if the computers are not running the Software concurrently.

               

              You can review the End User License Agreement(s) from this

              page: www.vmware.com/download/eula/.

               

               

              Second if you are using it commercially, then yes you need to have a license for each computer.

              However you can uninstall VMware Fusion on the other computer later on.


              VMware does not have an activation mechanism like Microsoft for their activated products. They do not phone home to check the activation status of your product.

              It is an honor based system where VMware trusts you to do the right thing.

               

              --

              Wil

              | Author of Vimalin. The virtual machine Backup app for VMware Desktop Products
              | Vimalin : Automated backups for VMware Fusion and VMware Workstation Professional
              | More info at https://www.vimalin.com
              | Twitter @wilva
              | VMware Wiki at http://www.vi-toolkit.com