How to Copy VMware Virtual Machine to Esxi

Are you looking to transfer your VMware virtual machine to ESXi but unsure how to get started? Well, you’ve come to the right place!

This blog post will guide you through the step-by-step process of copying a virtual machine from VMware to ESXi.

Transferring virtual machines can help maximize efficiency and productivity in your workspace, whether for personal or professional use.

So sit tight, and let’s get ready to learn how to copy your VMs onto your ESXi environment seamlessly.

How to Copy VMware Virtual Machine to

Overview of Copy Process

There are a few different ways that you can go about copying a VMware virtual machine to ESXi. One way is to use the vSphere Client, the web-based client for managing your VMware environment. Another way is to use the VMware vCenter Converter Standalone tool.

To use the vSphere Client, you must first export the VM from your current environment. To do this, right-click on the VM and select “Export.”

This will create an OVF file, a standard format for packaging VMs. Once you have this file, import it into ESXi by selecting “Import” from the “File” menu.

If you want to use the VMware vCenter Converter Standalone tool, you must download and install it on your computer. Once it’s installed, launch the program and choose “Convert Machine.”

Select “Source Machine Type” as “VMware Workstation”, and then browse for the location of your exported VM. Choose your desired destination type (ESXi), then provide credentials for your target ESXi server. The conversion process will start and take some time to complete depending on the size of your VM.

Preparing for Copy

Whether you’re moving a VM from one ESXi host to another or copying it to a new location entirely, there are a few things you need to do to prepare.

First, ensure that you have administrative access to vCenter Server (or the host if you’re working with just one machine) and that all virtual machines you want to move are powered off.

You’ll also need to check your networking setup and ensure enough storage space for the VMs you plan on copying.

Copying Your VMWare Virtual Machine to an ESXi Server

ESX/ESXi is a virtualization server product from VMware. It enables you to run multiple virtual machines on a single physical server. You can use ESX/ESXi to consolidate your servers and reduce your data center’s footprint and operating costs.

Moving from a VMware virtual machine (VM) on one ESX/ESXi server to another, you can copy the VM rather than create it from scratch. This requires that both servers have identical hardware configurations. You can also use this method to clone a VM.

There are two ways to copy a VM: using the vSphere Client or the vicfg-clone command in ESXCLI. We’ll show you both methods.

Configuring Newly Copied Virtual Machine

Assuming you have already installed and configured ESXi on your server, you will need to copy your VMware virtual machine to ESXi. This can be done in several ways, but we will cover the most common method here.

To begin, you must have access to your VMware vCenter server. If you do not have this, you cannot copy your VM. Once logged into vCenter, locate the VM you want to copy in the left-hand pane. Right-click on it and select “Export….”

In the next window, choose a location to save the exported VM. It is recommended that you create a new folder for this purpose. Once you have done that, click “OK” to continue.

The exporting process will now begin. Depending on the size of your VM, this may take some time. You should see a message stating that the export was successful when finished.

Now that your VM has been exported, it’s time to import it into ESXi. To do this, open up the vSphere Client and log into your ESXi server. Once you are logged in, go to “File” > “Deploy OVF Template…”.

In the next window, browse to the location where you saved your exported VM earlier. Select the file and click “Open.”

You will now see some information about the template being imported. Make sure that you select the proper data store for your VM and click “Next.”

Finally, review your VM settings and click “Finish” when you are ready to start importing it. The virtual machine copying process should now begin. When it is finished, the new VM will be available in ESXi and ready for use.

Troubleshooting Common Issues With Your Copy

If you’re having trouble copying your VMware virtual machine to ESXi, there are a few common issues that you can check for.

First, ensure you have the latest version of VMware Tools installed on your VM. Secondly, check the networking settings on both your source and target ESXi hosts to ensure they are properly configured.

Finally, if you’re still having trouble, try copying the VM from your source host to a local datastore on the target host, then powering on the VM from there.

Tips for Optimizing Your Transfer

There are a few key things to keep in mind when optimizing your VMware transfer to ESXi:

  1. Use an efficient method for copying your VM files. You can use a direct connection or a server with good network connectivity.
  2. Make sure you have enough disk space on the destination ESXi server. It is recommended to have at least 10% more free disk space than the size of your VM.
  3. If possible, migrate your VM during off-peak hours to minimize performance impacts.
  4. Use appropriate tools to monitor the progress of your migration and ensure that everything is running smoothly.


In conclusion, copying a VMware virtual machine to ESXi is easy and efficient.

You can use various methods to copy your VM from one platform to another, including using the vCenter Server or the standalone ESXi host.

We hope our guide has provided you with all the information needed to successfully complete this task so that you can continue running your VMs without any issues.

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