You can quickly add multiple virtual machines to the virtual machine library by initiating a scan.

About this task

You can manually select and add virtual machines to the virtual machine library. Alternatively, you can initiate a scan that locates virtual machines in a folder, removable storage device, or hard disk of your choice. In the context of a scan, files with the .vmx extension are considered virtual machines.

Procedure

  1. Select File > Scan for Virtual Machines.
  2. In the Select a location to scan text box, enter or browse for a location, such as a folder, removable storage device, or hard disk.
  3. Click Next.
  4. (Optional) : If Workstation Pro is scanning the location for virtual machines, but the scan is taking too long, click Stop Scan.
  5. Select the virtual machines to add and the library node in which to add them.
    1. Select the virtual machines.

      Option

      Description

      To select individual virtual machines

      Click Unselect All and select the check boxes next to the virtual machines that you want to add to the library.

      To select all virtual machines

      If not selected, click Select All.

    2. (Optional) : To use the same folder hierarchy in the library, click Match the file system folder hierarchy in the library.
    3. To continue, click the appropriate option, depending on which option is available.

      Option

      Description

      Finish

      If the scan location is on the local machine, the Finish option is available.

      Next

      If the scan location is on a remote server or removable storage device, the Next option is available.

    4. If the location of the virtual machines you are adding to the library is on a remote server or a removable storage device, select the options in the Copy to local disk options dialog box that meet your needs and click Finish.

      Option

      Description

      Copy all selected virtual machines to

      Select this option to copy the selected virtual machines to your local machine. If you do not select this option, the virtual machines remain on the remote server or removable storage device.

      Browse

      If you select the copy virtual machine option and you do not want to accept the default virtual machine location, you can browse to a location in which to copy the virtual machines.

      Keep the hierarchy of the folder in target location

      If you select the copy virtual machine option, you can select this option to use the same folder hierarchy used in the remote server or removable storage device in the target location on your local machine.

    5. Review the progress and results of the operation on the Result dialog box and click the appropriate options.

      Option

      Description

      Stop

      If the process is taking too long, click Stop to cancel the operation.

      Close

      Click Close to close the Result dialog box.