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VMware to Virtualbox Migration

After updating my Fedora Kernel , VMware Workstation 12 stopped working. This moment I thought to switch back to Virtualbox as it has support for latest Kernels. There are pretty some good documentation on how to migrate from VMware to Virutalbox format


You can find a good document on Migration Here . In Summary the steps are

  • Power off your guest which you are migrating
  • Open command promt as an Adminstrator and Navigate to   C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\VMware Player\OVFTool
  • Run  ovftool <source.vmx> <output.ovf>
eg 
ovftool "C:\Users\diaryfolio\Virtual Machines\Windows 7 x64\Windows 7 x64.vmx" C:\Users\diaryfolio\Win7Export.ovf
  • This would take about 15mins . So please be patient
  • Once complete Import into your Virtualbox using "Import Appliance"

Errors that might occur

  • Error: "Failed to open disk” - This normally happens when the Guest VM is not properly shutdown or stopped
  • Error while importing to Virtualbox 
Failed to import applianceHost resource of type "Other Storage Device (20)" is supported with SATA AHCI controllers only,
line 47. Result Code: VBOX_E_FILE_ERROR (0x80BB0004)
Component: Appliance Interface: Appliance {xxxxxxx-4add-4474-5bc3-xxxxxxxx}
The quickest solution is to open it with any text/xml editor, and
1. replace word “ElementName” with word “Caption” in the whole file
2. replace “vmware.sata.ahci” with “AHCI”
3. Then  change SHA accordingly
[root@diaryfolio Win10 x64]# sha1sum "Win10 x64.ovf"
0baac9938935a10b254e8cc18fc47fa3242168bb  Win10 x64.ovf

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