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I've been given a folder of a VM (with .vmdk, .vmx, ...), created and used in VMWare Workstation. I want to use it on my VMWare ESXi.

How do I correctly import the VM?

I've tried to import it, by copying the folder to the ESXi datastore, then Create/Register VM, Register an existing virtual machine and finally choose the .vmx file of the copied folder.

The adding of the VM appears to work just fine, but when I try to start it, ESXi states:

Failed to open disk scsi0:0: Unsupported or invalid disk type 7. Ensure that the disk has been imported.
Unable to create virtual SCSI device for scsi0:0, '/<disk-store>/import/<the-workstation-folder>/<target-vm>.vmdk'
Module DevicePowerOn power on failed.
Failed to start the virtual machine.

In the settings of the new ESXI VM, I see that the path is correct and the virtual disk file is really in that location.

Is there another way to import the VM? Do I have to modify the disk settings on the ESXi?

I have no access to VMWare Workstation, where the VM was originally created/used.

  • Why didn't you just export it as an OVF/OVA? – Chopper3 Jun 16 '17 at 8:24
  • @Chopper3 See the question, I've been given the folder only and I don't have access to the Workstation, where the VM was originally created/used. – SaAtomic Jun 16 '17 at 8:27
  • Oh well you're out of luck then - no solution. – Chopper3 Jun 16 '17 at 11:41
  • @Chopper3 no, not really. A viable solution has been posted by Gerald Schneider, as you can see below. – SaAtomic Jun 16 '17 at 12:13
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VMware Workstation VMs are not compatible to ESXi. VMware Workstation uses different virtual hardware than ESXi.

The easiest way is to convert the VM using VMware Converter.

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As another option, you can use StarWind V2V that also converts VMware Workstation VM image to ESXi one.

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