Some days ago I started to give up my VMWare Workstation Server (version: 6.5.1 build-126130) that is running on Debian Lenny.
The reason was it’s very difficult to upgrade (you see my installation is a little bit outdated:)) and maintain.
The first step is to migrate to VirtualBox running. And I wrote this little tutorial to migrate VMWare VMDK Image to VirtualBox.
File -> Virtual Media Manager
Click on the “Add” button.
Select the VMware .vmdk file you’d like to convert. – Click Open.
Verify your disk image has been added to the list of images. – Click OK
Create a new virtual machine, selecting your imported hard disk image for the storage.
Boot your new VM.
You are only 5 steps away from a easy migration to VirtualBox.
To use the second method we’ll need an addition tool called qemu used by KVM.
piper ~ # aptitude install qemu
piper ~ # qemu-img convert debian.vmdk debian.bin (VMDK) image open: flags=0x2 filename=debian.vmdk
Now you are able to use this converted format for KVM.
You’ll will need to use the VBoxManage utility that comes with VirtualBox to convert the *.bin to a native *.vdi format:
VBoxManage convertdd debian.bin debian.vdi