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I'm running ESXi 5.1.0 previously 5.0.1U or something.

I have a folder with all the files from a VM in it, how do I import this VM back into ESXi?

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Copy the files to the new datastore using SCP/vSphere client/whatever. In the vSphere client, connect to the new server and browse to the files you just copied on the datastore. Right click on the .vmx and select Add to Inventory. It will ask if the files were moved or cloned. Select "moved".

See here for further reading.

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