Workstation to ESXi migration failure solution

DeathmageDeathmage Banned Posts: 2,496
So,

Today I found out a nifty tool. I was being lazy and I just copied a Workstation VM (it was a VM nested within VM Workstation on a over-strained physical production server being used in a production aspect, I like like wha..da...F*ck seriously) and I didn't use VM Converter and I ran into this issue:

"Failed to start the virtual machine.
Module DevicePowerOn power on failed.
Unable to create virtual SCSI device for scsi0:0
Failed to open disk scsi0:0: Unsupported or invalid disk type 7. Ensure that the disk has been imported.
"

So I did a little search and found this solution to SSH directly into the ESXi host and do the conversion. Now yes I could just use the convertor and skip all this, but were is the fun in that????

So I did this:

1. logged into the host over SSH in putty and logged in.
2. type: 'cd /vmfs/volumes/<datastore name>/<vm-folder>'
3. then I typed 'vmkfstools -i vm'sdisk.vmdk -d zeroedthick vm'sdisk1.vmdk'
4. then I just waiting about 10 minutes for it to convert.
5. then I just typed 'vmkfstools -E "vm'sdisk1.vmdk" "vm'sdisk.vmdk"' to rename the file back to the original name
6. typed 'ls' to confirm the change in the CLI and then Powered on the VM and whalla!

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me lovin' the cli land of VMware :)
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