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Thread: Unable to get Kali Linux VMware virtual machine to work on ESXi 6.0

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    Unable to get Kali Linux VMware virtual machine to work on ESXi 6.0

    For anyone trying to get the Kali Linux virtual machine (x64, 2017.1) to work on ESXi 6.0 I suggest using VMware's vCenter Converter Standalone ( This requires are free registration. When I tried importing without Converter I was getting an error message that the guest OS id was not valid. Unfortunately I don't seem to be able to insert pictures. The error pop-up:

    Pop-up Title: Virtual Machine Settings
    Pop-up Body:

    The guest OS ID "debian8_64Guest" is not valid. Therefore, editing these VM settings is not recommended.

    Upgrade the VM's hardware to correct problems caused by a virtual disk created for an older VM and added to a newer VM.

    The other error about not being able to find the VMDK. Converter was able to fix all that. vCenter error details:

    Task Details:

    Status: File /vmfs/volumes/5973f797-23084f19-6faa-000c297ef042/Kali-Linux-2017.1-vm-amd64/Kali-Linux-2017.1-vm-amd64.vmdk was not found
    Description: Powering on the new Virtual Machine
    Start Time: 6-Aug-2017 11:38:06 AM
    Completed Time: 6-Aug-2017 11:38:07 AM
    State: error

    Error Stack:

    An error was received from the ESX host while powering on VM Kali-Linux-2017.1-vm-amd64.
    Failed to start the virtual machine.
    Module Disk power on failed.
    Cannot open the disk '/vmfs/volumes/5973f797-23084f19-6faa-000c297ef042/Kali-Linux-2017.1-vm-amd64/Kali-Linux-2017.1-vm-amd64.vmdk' or one of the snapshot disks it depends on.
    The system cannot find the file specified
    VMware ESX cannot find the virtual disk "/vmfs/volumes/5973f797-23084f19-6faa-000c297ef042/Kali-Linux-2017.1-vm-amd64/Kali-Linux-2017.1-vm-amd64.vmdk". Verify the path is valid and try again.

    Additional Task Details:

    VC Build: 3634793
    Error Type: FileNotFound
    Task Id: Task
    Cancelable: true
    Canceled: false
    Description Id: VirtualMachine.powerOn
    Event Chain Id: 101900

    Suggestion for future versions of the VMware virtual machine image is to use the OVF format (

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    Just create a new VM and install using the ISO.

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