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I currently have a ubuntu 8 server virtual machine running within vmware server 2.0 on centos and need to migrate the virtual machine to a server running vmware vsphere essentials. However, copying the files to the new server or using vmware converter fails due to a broken snapshot chain.

How do I migrate the virtual machine if there is a broken snapshot chain.

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It's probably less tiresome to build a new Ubuntu box on the vSphere machine and copy over the data of the broken Ubuntu VM to the new one. What is the old server running? Copying data will save you a lot of time trying to figure out how to rebuild the snapshot chain, when it's not even necessary...

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It is running ruby/rails on apache passenger and mysql. My main concern is that it also replicates mysql offsite using stunnel and I really don't want to reconfigure. – russellkt Jul 24 '09 at 12:12
In that case, I suppose you can dd the whole VM through nc to the a new VM on the vSphere box. Painful process, but will work. – wzzrd Jul 24 '09 at 13:36

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