Creating VMware Virtual Machines from Restored VMX Files

You can use the vSphere Client to create a virtual machine from restored .vmx files.


  1. In the vSphere Client, select the target datastore for the virtual machine.
  2. Right-click the datastore and select Browse Datastore.
  3. Click the Upload files to this datastore button, and then click Upload Folder.
  4. Browse to the folder where the VMs were restored, select the folder, and click OK.
  5. When the upload completes, browse into the newly uploaded folder.
  6. Right-click the .vmx file and select Add to Inventory.

    The VM is not registered automatically.

  7. Depending on the original configuration of the VM, it may be necessary to re-associate the disks of the VM by right-clicking the VM and selecting Edit Settings.
  8. Disks that are not associated to the newly uploaded .vmdk file need to be removed and re-added using the option Use an existing virtual disk.

Last modified: 3/12/2019 7:05:44 PM