How do I export my VMWare Windows Installation?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by markbraisa, Dec 21, 2007.

  1. markbraisa macrumors newbie

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    I need to formate my Mac, and I belive to have heard that it is possible to export your VMWare Windows installtion and have it run in the exact same way, after a format of my Mac. How would I do this?
     
  2. Guy Incognito macrumors regular

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    Simply copy the .vmwarevm bundle (located in ~/Documents/Virtual Machines) to an external HD or another machine. When you're done reformatting, copy it back.
     
  3. markbraisa thread starter macrumors newbie

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    And that's it?

    That's easy. Thank you!
     
  4. markbraisa thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Wait a minute. What .vmwarevm bundle? Is this the filename of the file which I should copy over? Because I do not have any file called that.
     
  5. Guy Incognito macrumors regular

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    Yes you do. What files are in the folder ~/Documents/Virtual Machines?

    Mine, for example, has a file called Windows XP Professional. Right-clicking on that file and selecting "Get Info" shows (under "Name & Extension") that it's actually called Windows XP Professional.vmwarevm. To back up this VM, I simply copy this file to another location.

    It's possible that you'll see other files, such as a .vmx and .vmdk files. In that case, copy all of them.
     
  6. markbraisa thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Oh yeah. Right, my bad. Thanks a lot!
     
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