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23.2.4. Converting a VMware ESX virtualized guest

Ensure that the virtualized guest is stopped prior to running the v2v process.
To convert the virtualized guest, run:
virt-v2v -ic esx:// -op pool --bridge brname vm-name
Where is the VMware ESX server, pool is the local storage pool to hold the image, brname is the name of a local network bridge to connect the converted guest's network to, and vm-name is the name of the virtualized guest. You may also use the --network parameter to connect to a locally managed network, or specify multiple mappings in /etc/virt-v2v.conf.
Authenticating to the ESX server
Connecting to the ESX server will require authentication. virt-v2v supports password authentication when connecting to ESX. It reads passwords from $HOME/.netrc. The format of this file is described in the netrc(5) man page. An example entry is:
machine login root password s3cr3t

.netrc permissions

The .netrc file must have a permission mask of 0600 to be read correctly by virt-v2v
Connecting to an ESX server with an invalid certificate
In non-production environments, the ESX server may have a non-valid certificate, for example a self-signed certificate. In this case, certificate checking can be explicitly disabled by adding '?no_verify=1' to the connection URI as shown below:
... -ic esx:// ...

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