Exporting Your VM from VMware Workstation to VMware Fusion
We’ll carry on with the “taking work home" scenario, and explain how to export a virtual machine from VMware Workstation to VMware Fusion in just a few easy steps.
This can be done with any VMware virtual machine, whether it is running Windows or any of the Linux distros. Note, however, that migration of a Linux VM may be difficult if the originating host PC is equipped with an AMD processor.
You should also be aware of some differences between VMware Workstation and VMware Fusion that may affect the success of the operation. While both Fusion and Workstation support snapshot trees (snapshots being a method of creating a restore point in VMware environments) the way the snapshots are listed differs between the applications.
Meanwhile, VMware Fusion does not support the teams, virtual multi-tier environments, and curiously it will not run on any Mac that has a parallel or serial port.
To export your virtual machine from VMware Workstation on Windows and import it into VMware Fusion, open browse to the location where the VM is stored (typically a single folder for each VM) and copy this onto your storage device. Next, eject the storage safely when the data has fully copied across and then connect the device to your Mac, and copy the VM folder into the required location.
Finally, open VMware Fusion, select File > Open and browse to the VMX file. A few moments later the virtual machine will be imported and ready to run on your Mac!
When the weekend is over and it’s time to head back to work you can simply reverse the process to export your VM from Fusion to Player or Workstation!