You can convert a virtual machine created or used in a VMware hosted product, such as VMware Workstation, VMware Player, and VMware Fusion.

Prerequisites

Verify that your source machine is a supported VMware Desktop products virtual machine. For more information, see Supported Source Types.

If you plan to use a network path to locate the source, verify that the machine where Converter Standalone server runs has access to that network path.

Power off the source machine before the conversion.

Procedure

  1. On the Source System page of the Conversion wizard, select the Powered off radio button and then select VMware Workstation or other VMware virtual machine from the Select source type drop-down menu.
  2. Locate the virtual machine source.
    • If you are connected to a remote Converter Standalone server, provide a network path to the source virtual machine file (.vmx) in the Virtual machine file text box. For example, \\server\virtual_machines\virtual_machine.vmx.

    • If you are connected to a local Converter Standalone server, provide a network path or a local path to the .vmx file.

    By default, only VMware virtual machine *.vmx files are displayed.

  3. If you are connected to a remote Converter Standalone server, type user credentials for accessing the source virtual machine.

    You do not have to provide user credentials if you are connected to a local Converter Standalone server. In such cases, Converter Standalone uses the Windows credentials to connect to the source machine.

  4. (Optional) To view more information about the selected source, click View source details.
  5. Click Next to proceed to the Destination System page.

What to do next

On the Destination System page, you can select the destination type for the new virtual machine.