Vsphere takes ovf file to create a Virtual Machine, but it also needs the vmdk which is the actual disk. Would VMWare Converter be able to do this conversion? i have the .vdi files on Mac OSX. Maybe i need to move the files to where VMWare converter can access them, since there is no VMWare converter on Mac

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You can use QEMU (Available for OS X) to do the conversion with the following command:

qemu-img convert VirtualBox-HardDisk-image.vdi -O vmdk VMware-virtual-machine-image.vmdk

  • could you please give me the url to download QEMU for Mac OSX, if you have it handy. i went to the QEMU site, and it seems i need to compile it from Source
    – kamal
    Feb 24, 2011 at 14:49
  • qemu.darwinports.com
    – Doug
    Feb 24, 2011 at 15:58
  • thanks so much, also one more question, when i have the converted VMDK, it seems i would also need teh .ovf file , is there a way to generate it?
    – kamal
    Feb 24, 2011 at 17:02

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