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How to restore your VMware Virtual Machines

A simple guide on how you restore a Virtuall Machines to another VMware Server installation. Assuming you already installed a fresh VMware Server so you can move your Virtual Machines from the old server. 
  1. Copy the Virtual Machines folder from old VMware Server1 to VMware Server2 (new VMware Server install). Note. You should copy the Virtual Machines folder inside the VMware Server2 datastore folder. Normally Virtual Machines folder in your local drive.
  2. Login to your VMware Server2 management console
  3. In Summary, Commands, click on Add Virtual Machines to Inventory. It will shows your server existing VM datastore, and you should see the folders you copied from step 1.
  4. In Contents, select the Virtual Machines vmx file, and click OK.
  5. Click the Virtual Machines tab, to see if the Virtual Machines restore is completed.
  6. Select the Virtual Machines and click start. Wait to complete the process.
That's simple. 
Now start your Virtual Machine to see if the configuration and softwares are still working for you.

Error you might encounter when restoring a Virtual Machine to a new VMware Server.
Error: Cannot open the disk ... or one of the snapshot disks it depends on. Reason: Failed to lock the file.
Answer. If you did not shutdown the Virtual Machine properly check the lock files or folder *.lck extension and delete these.

Virtual Machine using Windows 64 bit computer can't restore in Windows 32 bit computer. You will be able to start the VM but you will get an error in your console something like this "Windows could not start because of a general computer hardware configuration problem. Attempting to load an x64 operating system, however this CPU is not compatible with x64 mode. Please install an x86 32-bit operating system." It makes sense, duh!

Can you install VMware Server in Windows 7? Answer is yes. I personally installed VMware Server to Windows 7 x32  and x64 for my test and development environment.

More questions, join me in message board.


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