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convert vmdk to VBox

Postby Saulosw » 29. Jan 2019, 18:38

Hi,
I'm trying to convert a VM from vmware to Virtualbox.
I already try to open the disk with VB but got error INIT 18: boot failure
now I create a ovf file from VMWare but still can't import.
I have few disk I need to move from VMWare to VBox.
Thanks for any suggestion.
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Re: convert vmdk to VBox

Postby mpack » 29. Jan 2019, 18:57

Wrapping the disk in an OVF will not change the content, and it's the content that isn't valid.

Two options: either the disk you supplied was never bootable, or it's GPT formatted and you didn't enable the EFI BIOS option.
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Re: convert vmdk to VBox

Postby Saulosw » 29. Jan 2019, 20:16

thanks,
I don't kmow about the EFI BIOS option .
So now I got no error but I'm stack at a black screen. :(
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Re: convert vmdk to VBox

Postby mpack » 30. Jan 2019, 10:48

What is the guest OS?
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Re: convert vmdk to VBox

Postby Rootman » 30. Jan 2019, 23:37

It's been a while but I remember having to specify the disk controller as IDE in order for it to work right. I am not sure if the EFI and IDE combo will work but it might just.

If you really want a STA controller you can then add a second controller as SATA and then run the guest and install any drivers for it, then down the guest, swap the disk image form the IDE to the SATA controller nd fire it up. I've done this before, that is before I found out that there is absolutely no benefit whatsoever as each interface runs at exactly the same speed since they're emulated.

Sorry if there is anything wrong about this, it's been a while since I've done it.
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Re: convert vmdk to VBox

Postby mpack » 31. Jan 2019, 11:13

INT18: Boot Failure means that the BIOS found the drive, but it isn't bootable. That's a BIOS boot failure, not Windows. So, I wouldn't expect this to be a case that's solved by changing drive controllers for Windows benefit - but there's no harm in trying.

All of this assuming that the guest OS is Windows, which the OP has yet to say.
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Re: convert vmdk to VBox

Postby Saulosw » 31. Jan 2019, 18:46

Thanks to all.
I manage to convert the newest VM using the VMWare export to OVF and then with VB I was able to import it and now is working.
I still have to move an older VM (2010) :mrgreen: that I' not able to convert with VMWare tool to OVF, any suggestion is appreciated.
For your information I'm on Ubuntu/Manjaro latest versions.
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