How to Use VDI with VMware

Written by mark pool
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VirtualBox Disk Image (VDI) files are used to store virtual machine images for use in VirtualBox. VDI files can't be used directly with VMware as virtual machines. They must be converted before VMware can open them. The VMware vCenter Converter can be used to convert a variety of formats, including VDI, into the Virtual Machine Disk Format (VMDK) used by VMware. The VMDK file created by the vCenter Converter can be used in any VMware virtualisation product by selecting the generic option. However, it's better to customise the virtual machine file for your specific version of VMware.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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  1. 1

    Download the free vCenter Converter from the VMware website (see Resources).

  2. 2

    Double-click the "vCenterConverter.exe" set-up file to start the installation.

  3. 3

    Click the "I accept" button to accept the license agreement, and then click "Next."

  4. 4

    Click "Next" to install the vCenter Converter in the default location. Click "Finish."

  5. 5

    Click the "vCenter Converter" shortcut on the desktop to start the program.

  6. 6

    Click the "Source" drop-down menu, and then click the "VirtualBox Disk Image (VDI)" option. Select the location of the file in the Browse dialogue box that opens.

  7. 7

    Click the "Target" drop-down menu, and then click your VMware product to create a customised virtual machine file. Or click "Generic" to create a VMDK file compatible with any VMware product. Enter a location for the new virtual machine file in the Browse dialogue box.

  8. 8

    Click "Next" and "Finish" after reviewing the summary page for errors. Or click "Back" to make changes before proceeding. The vCenter Converter will display a status update during the conversion process and will display a message indicating when conversion is complete.

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