Wednesday, April 6, 2011

VMware ESXi Conversion Steps

If you have existing VMs (virtual machines) on your computer, made through VMware’s Workstation or downloaded appliances, you can import / convert them so they work with VMware’s ESXi server. If you are unsure of the difference between ESXi and VMware Server go to our previous post.

To get virtual machines onto an ESXi server you need to import them via VMware Workstation and export them to the exact server. To do that:

  1. Open VMware Workstation.
  2. File > Import / Export which opens the conversion wizard.
  3. For Source Type select "Other" and browse to the VM you want to convert.
    1. Once selected you can choose to maintain the VM's original size or resize it.
  4. For Destination Type select VMware Infrastructure Virtual Machine.
    1. Then fill out the location and credentials to your VMware ESXi server.
  5. Name the new machine. (Note this is just the name found in vSphere and not the name of the actual machine).
  6. Select where you'd like to store the new VM.
  7. Confirm the network requirements.
  8. At this point you can customize more of your machine but I usually skip past this part.
  9. You can choose to power on the machine once it's been converted. Otherwise click Finish and let the
    process begin.
  10. Once the conversion process is finished you can close the converter and go to vSphere to view your VM.
Now you can log into vSphere and boot each machine as you see fit.

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