07 October 2009

vmdk file is hard disk of the VMWare virtual machine. There are many scenarios where you may need to create a new virtual machine for an existing vmdk file.

This is also an alternate Method to the “vmx is not a valid virtual machine configuration file – Could not open virtual machine” issue.

Please refer to the previous post “Could not open virtual machine – vmx is not a valid virtual machine configuration file” for a full list of possible resolution. This post is to describe one of the solution in more details.

How To Create a new virtual machine & attach the existing .vmdk file:

1. Open VMware and select create a new virtual machine with custom (advanced) configuration option.

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2. Chose “I will install the operating system later”. and chose “I will install the operating system later”.

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3. Select the operating system that matches the operating system in your existing .vldk file.

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4. Select a location of the new virtual machine

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5. Chose “Use an existing virtual disk”. This will allow you to browse and select your existing virtual disk.

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6. Now chose the vmdk file from the existing virtual machine folder. While browsing for file remember to sort the folders & files by recent date and then select the most recent .vmdk file.

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7. VMWare will display a summary of everything that you selected. Click finish to create the new virtual machine.

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How did you like this post, hope it help you. Do you suggest any change or want me to add anything more to it? Please share your comment.

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8 comments:

  1. Nice. Thanks.
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  2. Worked like a charm. Thank you.

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  3. Very nice, normally it works, but if the VMDK comes from a 3rd party program it doesn't works (Paragon VD vmdk).
    Any suggestions?
    Thanks

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