So, I have been a huge vmware fan for many years. As a result, I have nearly a dozen separate images that were carefully built and customized for each purpose. When I switched to the Mac I found my vmware images trapped in the older OS. After several searches online I found the following sites to help me along my way:
- How to Convert vmware to Parallels at Virtualization
- MakeVM – $20
- Old Parallels Forum that was informative
Each was very good and thorough but unfortunately they were both painful in their descriptions (not that they were bad or poorly written, but instead that each required special software and specific configuration awareness). I finally took the plunge and just turned on Parallels Transporter and voila – 15 minutes later my first vmware image was up and running – with ZERO problems. The process I followed was the following (first make backup of your image – always a good idea):
- Open Parallels Transporter in the Parallels directory
- Choose Express, Whole virtual computer and point it at your vmware file
- When it is done – check your disk space (it defaults the outputted files into your /application/parallels/ directory)
- Open the new image with Parallels, ignore Windows errors and force install the Parallel Tools
- Done – enjoy your images in Parallels
That is it – have fun!
* Yes I know… read the documentation on your own software before Googling the world looking for the answer. Interesting fact – 1,600,000 results found when searching for “how to convert vmware to parallels”, and not one (at the time I searched) plainly state to use Transporter.