Typically, you use VMware Converter to migrate virtual machines from other VMware products into your ESXi system. However, you can use the vmkfstools -i command to import virtual disks in 2gbsparse format into ESXi and then attach this disk to a new virtual machine you create in ESXi.

You must import the virtual disk first because you cannot power on disks in 2gbsparse format on the ESXi host.

1

Import a disk in 2gbsparse format into the ESXi host by running the following command. Make sure to select the disk format compatible with ESXi.

vmkfstools -i <input> <output> -d <format>

2

In the vSphere Client, create a new virtual machine using the Custom configuration option.

3

When you configure a disk, select Use an existing virtual disk and attach the disk you imported.