[libvirt-users] using virsh (or something) to convert from KVM domain XML to vmx...

Frank Hauptle franki at biz.uwa.edu.au
Wed Sep 14 08:03:42 UTC 2011

HI folks,

For reasons I'd rather not go into (not my choice) we are moving our 
current virtual servers at the uni here, (using KVM and libvirt) to 
outsourced vmware ESX and vcenter.

I really don't want to use the Vcenter Converter to create running esx 
vm's from within the KVM VM's as I feel that doing it within the client 
VM is inefficient and slow.  Thus far however,  I've not found anything 
that gives me any other alternatives.

I thought perhaps the domxml-to-native virsh function demo'd at 
http://libvirt.org/drvesx.html#xmlexport would be the go, but that 
appears to be just a way to change from libvirt managed esx to native vmx.

Converting the KVM raw img files to vmdk has been easy, converting the 
KVM  domain XML to vmx appears to be impossible unless you do it by hand.

Have I missed some cool/feature that would do this?

Apologies if I'm going about this all wrong, What I know about vmware, I 
could write on the head of a pin with a felt tip pen..

kindest regards


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