How to convert a VMware Workstation VM into an ESXi one with vCenter Converter

Thanks to VMware vCenter Converter, it’s not difficult to convert a Workstation virtual machine into an ESXi one. The two platform aren’t compatible, you can’t simply move the VM files from a server to another one, but vCenter Converter gives us a simple procedure to get the job done.

You can download VMware vCenter Converter directly from this link, the system will ask you to register.

Install and run the program, then click Convert machine:

How to convert a VMware Workstation VM into an ESXi one with vCenter Converter

Select VMware Workstation as the source type and specify the path of the virtual machine:

How to convert a VMware Workstation VM into an ESXi one with vCenter Converter

Specify the access credentials of the ESXi server:

How to convert a VMware Workstation VM into an ESXi one with vCenter Converter

Give a name to the new VM:

How to convert a VMware Workstation VM into an ESXi one with vCenter Converter

Select the datastore where the converted VM will be put:

How to convert a VMware Workstation VM into an ESXi one with vCenter Converter

Configure the VM:

How to convert a VMware Workstation VM into an ESXi one with vCenter Converter

Enable the installation of VMware Tools (not mandatory but strongly suggested):

How to convert a VMware Workstation VM into an ESXi one with vCenter Converter

Click Finish to start the conversion:

How to convert a VMware Workstation VM into an ESXi one with vCenter Converter

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