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Merging VMWare files to single file

A few days back I had to use a VMWare image, being not really a fan of VMWare I wanted to use it with VirtualBox (http://www.virtualbox.org/) and found out that .vmdk files from VMWare are supported in VirtualBox which was a sigh of relief but then got hit with another requirement…

VirtualBox supports single VMWare .vmdk file and the VM I had was using multiple small vmdk files which means it will not work in VirtualBox.

Next step for me was to find a way if possible to convert those multiple files into a single “big” .vmdk file that I can use with VirtualBox and that was in the end a single VMWare commad from the folder where I had all the small vmdk files:

# vmware-vdiskmanager -r smallfiles.vmdk -t 0 bigsinglefile.vmdk
Creating disk 'bigsinglefile.vmdk'
Convert: 100% done.
Virtual disk conversion successful.
….Once this was done it was just a matter of adding this new .vmdk file as a disk in VirtualBox and booting a VM from that.
Shoaib Mir
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