Converting a physical machine for Fusion, Workstation, or Player using Converter Standalone (2005129)
This article provides the instructions for converting a physical computer into a virtual machine, so that it can be used in Fusion, Workstation, or Player. VMware vCenter Converter Standalone is a free program that can be installed on your physical Windows or Linux computer. Converter Standalone copies the data on your hard drive into a virtual disk file (
.vmdk), which can then be used in other VMware products. This process does not affect your computer, and you can continue to use your computer after using Converter.
Before starting, make sure you have an external hard drive or a SMB network share location that has enough free space to store the new virtual disk (.vmdk) and that is of the correct format. You need free space at least equal in size to the used space of the physical computer's hard drive. This external hard drive or network location must be formatted with NTFS, FAT32, or ExFAT. Converter does not recognize destinations that are formatted with HFS+ (Mac-formatted).
- Confirm that the firewall on your virtual machine is not blocking Internet access. For more information on turning off your firewall, see:
- Windows XP: Microsoft article How can I turn on or turn off the firewall in Windows XP Service Pack 2 or later versions?
- Windows Vista: Microsoft article Turn Windows Firewall on or off
- Windows 7: Microsoft article Turn Windows Firewall on or off
- Windows 8: Microsoft article
Warning: Turning off your firewall can leave your computer open to attack. This is a troubleshooting step only. If turning off the firewall resolves the issue, consult the operating system's documentation for instructions to configure it properly so that it does not completely block this connection.
- Disable your antivirus program. Consult the Help menu of the antivirus program or see the manufacturer's documentation for instructions.
- Uninstall any non-Microsoft drivers. These can prevent the converted virtual machine from starting up properly.
Downloading and Installing Converter
- On your physical computer, download VMware vCenter Converter Standalone from the VMware Download Center.
- Double-click the installer file to start the installation.
- Select your language.
- Select the default installation options. On the
Setup Typescreen, select Local installation.
For more information about installation, see the VMware vCenter Converter Standalone User's Guide:
Converting your physical machine
- Start vCenter Converter.
- Go to File > New > Convert Machine.
- From the
Select source typedrop-down menu, select Powered-on machine.
Specify the powered-on machine, select This local machine and click Next.
- From the
Select destination typedrop-down menu, select VMware Workstation or other VMware virtual machine.
- From the
Select VMware productdrop down menu, select the VMware product you want to use to run the virtual machine.
- Note: If the current version is not available, please select the previous available version. The virtual machine can be upgraded to the latest version in the VMware Product which you are using.
Click Browse and navigate to the connected external hard drive or SMB network share. Choose a location on that drive to save the files and click OK.
- If you want, change the name of the virtual machine by editing the
Virtual machine details.
- Click Next.
- (Optional) Click the Edit button beside
Data to copyto make adjustments to the partitions you will import. If your computer only has one partition, or if you want to convert the entire disk, skip this step.
- Deselect the partitions that you do not want to convert.
Note: If your physical machine has a recovery partition, deselect this partition.
- Click Next.
- Click Finish to start the conversion.
Once the conversion process has completed, disconnect the external hard drive that the converted virtual machine is stored on and connect it to the machine that is running your VMware product (Fusion, Workstation, or Player).
To create a new virtual machine from the converted virtual disk files, see:
- VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.1 User's Guide
- VMware vCenter Converter Standalone5 User's Guide
- VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 4.3 User's Guide
- VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 4.0.1 User's Guide
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