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Moving a VMware Workstation 4 Virtual Machine

Note: This section discusses virtual machines created with Workstation 4. However, the discussion applies equally to virtual machines created with all these VMware products:

  • Workstation 4.x
  • GSX Server 3.x
  • ESX Server 2.x
  • VMware ACE 1.x, 1.0.x
  • See Legacy Virtual Disks for more information on virtual machine formats from older VMware products.

    If you want to move a virtual machine created with Workstation 4, you may prefer to upgrade it for full compatibility with VMware Workstation 5 before moving it. To do so, power on the virtual machine under VMware Workstation 5 and choose VM > Upgrade Virtual Machine. You can then follow the instructions in Moving a VMware Workstation 5 Virtual Machine.

    If you upgrade the virtual machine, you can no longer run it under VMware Workstation 4. If you need to run the virtual machine under both VMware Workstation 4 and VMware Workstation 5, do not upgrade the virtual machine. Follow the instructions in this section.

    These instructions assume that you are using a virtual disk — stored in a set of .vmdk files on your host computer.

    Caution: It's always safest to make backup copies of all the files in your virtual machine's directory before you start a process like this.

    This section discusses the following topics regarding moving a Workstation 4 virtual machine:

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