Not sure if you got around to solving this problem or not, but I had one of our experts look at your question.
His response was:
> What is the file system of the portable drive? Does it support files
> up to 10GB in size? Your best bet is to use a utility like 7-zip (free
> download) to splice the file up into smaller chunks and transport it
> that way.
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OK, so you are having a very bad week.
What version of VMWare are you using? Sounds like VMWare Server on Windows 2003? Is that correct?
Your approach "should" work fine. How are you trying to copy the file? At a command prompt or in Windows?
When you create the new VM on the new machine you should have a couple of options.
1. You can create it with a new empty hard disk, and then overwrite the file with the file from the other VM Server.
2. You can create it with the existing file.
Either method should work.
Do you know if your company has support from VMWare? There support is excellent and can help you with this. If you don't know if you have support give them a call anyway. I'm sure that they can help you figure out if you have a support agreement with them.
Added 12.12.07 by spadasoe:
You need to access the VM server console.
I would look at the original VM and check the settings. If it is set to run as a service so that it always starts up when the host server starts, you will need to change it . Stop the VM, go to edit virtual machine settings in the console, check the options tab/startup options. Set it to user powers on. Now try and copy the folder. I also would recommend not runnig from external storage. If the VM is set to dynamic for the disk, you may find you are out of disk space. Make sure the server you move it to has plenty of space. In the console check hadr disk capacity settings. You should see max settings there.
Hope this helps.
Use the free verison of convertor (standard edition)from VMWARE, convert from the old machine and import into new machine over the network, this has worked for me in the past, ensure the VM is powered down. it is a simple tool and easy to use, download the operating system version and not the cd installer, install onto your host which has VM server installed and run. rest you will find easy and self explanatory. (watch permissions on target system)
hope this helps