Is it possible to convert a VMWare image or the vmdk files to a Parallels VM without booting the image in VMWare and installing the transporter client.

I downloaded a virtual appliance running linux, and it seems to much work if I should have to boot it in VMWare player on a windows box in order to get it over to my Mac.

On the VMWare side things seems much easier with VMWare converter.

Maybe I should switch from Parallels to VMWare Fusion instead on the Mac...

  • or use virtualbox.org – yanokwa Nov 25 '10 at 1:24
  • Of course that's a solution, but why have two virtual server softwares when one should be enough .) – Mikael Svenson Nov 25 '10 at 7:55

according to roderick.triple-it.nl and virtualizationdaily.com you can use qemu to convert vmware images to parallels images.

  1. install qemu, so you have access to qemu-img binary.

    sudo port install qemu

  2. convert the vmdk to a raw hdd image

    qemu-img convert appliance-harddrive-name.vmdk -O raw appliance-harddrive-name-raw.hdd

  3. create a custom linux parallel virtual machine with the .hdd as disk image.

that said, the reason i prefer vmware fusion is because i like being able to run all the vmware appliances without doing the above...

  • This is what I was looking for. And I agree converting is a hassle, but it is a little bit quicker on SSD disks at least. – Mikael Svenson Nov 26 '10 at 7:20

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