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I have a disk image that is in VMDK format, and I would like to convert this to an ISO so that I could use this outside of a virtual environment. I know that, at first impression, these formats don't seem compatible, but I am positive that this VMDK is simply a disk image, one that would work just dandy in ISO format.

Apparently there are a few tools with Unix command line that allow to convert a disk image in VMDK format to an ISO. However, I was wondering if there are any tools, either within VMWare Player, VirtualBox, etc... or some other third party tool that could easily perform this conversion.

Thank you for your time!

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Yes and no. An ISO is a disk image of a CD specifically, and the VMDK is one of a hard drive.

There's ways to mount a VMDK directly - vmware discmount comes to mind as does its linux counterpart , or you can convert it to quite a few formats with qemu-img programme.

There're also distro specific remastering software like remastersys you can run from your disk image to convert it into an installer or livecd image as per your needs.

I can't tell you which is the best solution but that covers nearly every method i can think of.

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Sorry it took me so long to respond. Thank you for your detailed answer! Accepted and upvoted! – Oliver Spryn Jan 20 '12 at 15:32

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