Import ESXi VM to VirtualBox via OVF

VMware ESXi is an operating system-independent hypervisor based on the VMkernel operating system interfacing with agents that run atop it.

At work, we use VMware ESXi to host the VMs but I run VirtualBox on my development machine. Luckily, fine folks at Oracle thought of this and make it quite easy.

Step 1)

Export ESXi VM to a single OVF (Open Virtualization Format) file.

Step 2)

File->Import Appliance

Then select

3) Fix the VT-x is disabled in the BIOS (VERR_VMX_MSR_VMXON_DISABLED) problem

When powering on the imported VM, you may run into the VT-x disabled problem.

To fix, let’s turn off the I/O APIC (Advanced Programming Interrupt Controller)

Select “System”, and uncheck “Enable I/O APIC”

After this change, I can start my imported VM just fine.

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