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I have a problem. I had file copy with veeam of my virtual machine on ESXi server, to my local hard disk.

I'd like to open it with vmware workstation 8, but I get message:

The disk ...Debian.vmdk has internal consistency that were most likely caused by a host crush or host power failure.

I'd like to know how to fix this problem.

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I would attempt to repair the .vmdk. Here is a guide from VMWARE on how to do this.'

Here is the important snippet;

Workstation

Linux

To begin using the virtual disk repair utility from Workstation 7.0.1: Download and unzip the attached 1023856-vdiskmanager-linux-7.0.1.zip file. Expand the compressed file, and rename it to vmware-vdiskmanager . Copy the vmware-vdiskmanager file to /usr/bin. Shut down any virtual machines that are running and quit Workstation. Restart your computer. Manually repair your virtual disk using the utility you just downloaded:

Open a command prompt. For more information, see Opening a command or shell prompt (1003892). Run this command:

/usr/bin/vmware-vdiskmanager -R

Where is the virtual disk that appeared in the error message.

Windows

To begin using the virtual disk repair utility from Workstation 7.0.1:

Download and unzip the attached 1023856-vdiskmanager-windows-7.0.1.zip file. Expand the compressed file, and rename it to vmware-vdiskmanager. exe. Copy the vmware-vdiskmanager. exe file to C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Workstation. For 64-bit operating systems, the path is C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\VMware Workstation. Shut down any virtual machines that are running and quit Workstation. Restart Windows. Manually repair your virtual disk using the utility you just downloaded:

Open a command prompt. For more information, see Opening a command or shell prompt (1003892). Enter this command:

vmware-vdiskmanager -R

Where is the virtual disk that appeared in the error message.

Note: The path was probably set correctly by the Workstation installation, but you might have to change to the directory where you installed Virtual Disk Manager (in step 3).

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I've tried, the same is in here, kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/…, but it is still the same. I don't understand, is required to folder with VM in it, to be in C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\VMware Workstation ? –  Milana Malkic Feb 22 '12 at 9:06

Vmware workstation does not read vsphere .vmdk's. You need to use vmwares free tool to convert it into workstation format.

http://www.vmware.com/products/converter/

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As Rob said, using vmWare Converter is the proper way to move VMs between ESXi and Workstation. –  Jim G. Mar 20 '12 at 17:48

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