Acronis True Image TIB to VMware VM

How to convert an Acronis True Image TIB backup file to a VMware VM.

  1. Create a VM with the same OS as the backup with a larger disk than the backup. How much bigger does not matter.
  2. Boot the VM with the Acronis True Image recovery ISO. If you do not have this, it is available for download on various websites and found via a Google search.
  3. Once the ISO is booted, choose recovery and connect to the remote location with the TIB file. I find a local FTP connection to work fine.
  4. After the restore is done, reboot the VM and see if it is boots. It likely won’t boot. Don’t waste any time trying to troubleshoot.
  5. Load up VMware converter and convert the VM. VMware converter will fix all drive label, boot, etc issues. You will have a fully functioning VM once it is done.
  6. Host your Acronis True Image TIB at VMDK Hosting. They will do the entire conversion listed above for you and host the exported VMware VM.

Connect vCenter To ESX/ESXi Through MIP NATd IP

To make both connectivity to vCenter and clone operations function with NATd ESX service consoles:

1. In Vmware vCenter client, disable Vmware HA and DRS.
2. In Vmware vCenter client, disconnect the host. The VMs will continue to run.
3. Log in to the ESX service console via SSH and change to root.
$ ssh
$ sudo su –

1. Change the IP address in /etc/hosts to the public IP.
$ vi /etc/hosts
$ cat /etc/hosts
127.0.0.1 localhost
::1 localhost
33.33.22.22 esxhost.example.com esxhost

1. Verify the hostIP address is the public IP, and add preserveServerIp in /etc/opt/vmware/vpxa/vpxa.cfg .
$ vi /etc/opt/vmware/vpxa/vpxa.cfg


33.33.22.22

true

1. Restart the VPXA service.
$ service vmware-vpxa restart

1. Log out of the ESX service console.
2. In Vmware vCenter client, reconnect the host. You may need to re-enter the root user�s credentials.
3. In Vmware vCenter client, enable Vmware HA and DRS.