How to import VMDK image to VMware ESXi?

In this instruction I will be demonstrating how to setup a virtual bridge for the GNS3 server running in VMware ESXi to  resolve speed issue connation on it. 

This configuration power on the full connection speed for the cloud in GNS3 running on VMware ESXi.

    1. First, log in to VMware ESXi

    2. In the next step, go to Virtual Machines, and then select Create / Register VM to set new virtual machine.
    3. In the new window, select Deploy a virtual machine from an OVF or OVA file, and then select Next
    4. Use the below example of VM configuration 
      • Choose Name of the VM

      • Browse o the location where you saved the files from the download package, select the OVF and VMDK files, and click Next.

      • Below is an example of how it looks after loading the required files.

    5. On page Select the storage - Select the datastore you want to use for the VM import site.
    6. On the Deployment options wizard pages, set the parameters as needed for your network and click Next:

      • Network mappings: Set the networking and deployment for the VM.

        The primary network requires internet connectivity and an IP address that is routed to provide the access to VM.

      • Disk provisioning: Choose between Thin and Thick.

        Thin – These virtual disks do not reserve space on the VMFS filesystem, nor do they reserve space on the back-end storage. They only consume blocks when data is written to disk from within the VM/Guest OS. The amount of actual space consumed by the VMDK starts out small, but grows in size as the Guest OS commits more I/O to disk, up to a maximum size set at VMDK creation time. The Guest OS believes that it has the maximum disk size available to it as storage space from the start.

        Thick – These disks reserve space on the VMFS filesystem but there is an interesting caveat. Although they are called thick disks, they behave similar to thinly provisioned disks. Disk blocks are only used on the back-end (array) when they get written to inside in the VM/Guest OS. Again, the Guest OS inside this VM thinks it has this maximum size from the start.

      • Clear the Power on automatically option. It is important to create the VM without powering it on so that you can configure the ISO file before the initial boot.


    7. In the Ready to complete panel, review the configuration and click Finish.

      An alert appears that says "A required disk image was missing".
      Ignore this message as the disk image will be imported in the next step.

    8. When the wizard finishes, a new virtual machine will appear.

      Wait for the VMDK image of the machine to be imported correctly. 
    9. Start the VM in VMware ESXi.


You successfully imported a backup VMDK to the new virtual machine in the VMware ESXi.
You can now use your VM on the your VMware ESXi Server .

Happy fun with Virtualization on the VMware ESXi !!! 😉




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