Convert VMs from VirtualBox to VMware Player

I’m totally pissed with Virtualbox guest editions! this application really looks great and has nice features! but if you are going to run a Linux guest on your host I suggest you not to use this application! there are always problems with guest additions on Linux guests!

Anyway, I’m going to move my Linux machine to my VMware Player. So I’ve decided to take pictures of each step and publish it here as a tutorial.

1. Open up your virtual box. select the VM you want to export and move to VMware player and make sure that the machine state is off! (Ensure that the VM is switched off! not suspended or anything).

Convert VirtualBox to Vmware

2. Open File menu and then click on “Export Appliance…”.

Convert VirtualBox to Vmware

3. Now select the Virtual Machine you are willing to move from the list of available Virtual Machines.

Convert VirtualBox to Vmware

4. Now Virtual Box is going to export the machine into OVA format! choose your desired directory and click on “Next”.

Convert VirtualBox to Vmware

5. Click on “Export”.

Convert VirtualBox to Vmware

It will take a bit long so stay Patient Smile with tongue out. (believe me if you don’t need the data’s in your virtual machine it’s better you create and install a new one on VMware instead.)

Convert VirtualBox to Vmware

6. once the exporting process is done open your VMware Player and click on “Open a Virtual Machine”.

Convert VirtualBox to Vmware

7. Simply browse your hard drive to the location  that you’ve saved the virtual machine OVA file and select it.

Convert VirtualBox to Vmware

8. You can change the virtual machine and the address it will be located here! make your changes and click on “Import

Convert VirtualBox to Vmware

Then on this Window just click on “Retry” and  wait for the VMware to import your virtual machine.

Convert VirtualBox to Vmware

once the import is done you will see you Virtual Machine in your VMware player! turn it On and Enjoy using the power of VMware!

Remember to remove (uninstall) VirtualBox Guest Additions software from your virtual machine and install the VMware one instead.

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