2D/3D Graphics Improvements – Up to 5X Better 3D Graphics than VMware Fusion 3.0 – OpenGL 2.1 for Windows Vista – OpenGL 2.1 for Windows 7 – Greatly improved graphics performance – Aero is much faster on Windows Vista and Windows 7 – Some games up to 10x faster than VMware Fusion 3.0 with VMware Fusion 3.1 and latest Mac OS X release. /Applications/VMware Fusion.app/Contents/Library/vmware-vdiskmanager -r /PATH/TO/vmwarefusion.vmwarevm/vmwarefusion.vmdk -t 4 /PATH/TO/esxi.vmdk The conversion process, once complete, will create two files: filename.vmdk, and filename-flat.vmdk. Launch the vSphere client through your web browser to your ESXi server. When using Virtual Machines (VM's) from other VMware products, the easiest way to get these VM's into ESX/vSphere is to use VMware's product called vCenter Converter Standalone. VCenter Server does include a version of Converter, however I've had better success in using the standalone version to do VM conversions as it is (typically) a newer version with more features than the one included. You now can connect either a Workstation, ESXi host or vCenter Server using VMware Fusion! If you are like me who primary uses a Mac and you do not want to run a single Windows VM just to be able to use the vSphere C# Client, you can now use VMware Fusion to connect to a vSphere system and perform some basic VM operations, which includes managing Virtual Hardware 10 VMs. William Lam, a VMware Staff Product Integration Architect, recently wrote an informative article on his excellent Virtually Ghetto Blog regarding using VMware Workstation 10 to manage ESXi hosts and remote VMs. William’s Virtually Ghetto blog focuses heavily on VMware automation tips and tricks and has been voted one of the top 10.
There are occasions that we need to create custom built Linux VMs on behalf of our clients. Forexample, we may build a Linux VM that has all the best practices for 12c Oracle database or a 12c Weblogic Server. We sometimes do this in VMware Fusion or in vSphere/ESXi config.
In this example we will showcase how we migrate VMs built in Fusion to a ESXi based environment.
In this example, it is assumed that the Linux VM is been pre-created in VMware Fusion.
My VMware Fusion runs on MAC OsX 10.9.5
The key tool in this migration/conversion is called vmware-vdiskmanager, and is located in the following directory:
vmware-vdiskmanager has the following capabilities (as per Help)
Vmware Fusion Vs Esxi
Vmware Fusion To Esxi Migration
This conversion produces two files.
Once the vmdk and flat.vmdk files are generated, the next step is to import these into ESXi. I used vSphere client to execute this workflow:
1. Create a new VM, using the usual method; e.g., File->New->Virtual Machine->Custom-> Choose Datastore location
2. Choose Virtual Machine Version -> Guest CPU/Memory/Network/SCSI controller settings -> Select “Do Not Create Disk” -> Finish
3. Go back to VM Configuration-> Datastore -> Browse DataStore -> Upload
4. Upload .vmdk and -flat.vmdk
5. Go back to VM configuration (Virtual Machine Properties) -> Add -> Device Type (Hard Disk) -> “Use an existing virtual disk”
6. Locate the datastore and select the existing disk -> Finish -> OK
7. Startup VM