Convert old VMWare server disk directly to ESX/ESXi format
Rather than use Converter which isn’t altogether reliable especially with
converting multi-disk servers, convert the disk directly and upload straight to
Here’s how to make the transition easy, assuming all your
disks use LSILogic or BusLogic drives:
On your vmware server host, use
“vmware-vdiskmanager -r (source disk path) -t 2 (destination disk path)” to
convert your disk to “monolithicFlat”
Open “disk.vmdk” it is just a text
Change “monolithicFlat” to “vmfs” and change “FLAT” (note the case!)
below that to “vmfs”.
Just add the disk to the ESX/ESXi VM and boot!