Error message ‘Configuration file was created by a VMware product with more features than this version’ when you try to add a virtual machine into the VMware repository


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I received this message when trying to add the latest Groundwork CE virtual image into my VMware server inventory list. I am using VMware Server 1.0.9

The error seems to be caused by the version of VMware that created the original VMware image. In this case it was likely that the virtual machine was created using pay versions of VMwares’ products such as Fusion or Workstation.

The options you have are to ask the person who created the virtual machine to downgrade a copy of it so that it can be accessed by other versions of VMware such as the Server product.

A second option is a workaround. You could make the following changes to a couple of configuration files that relate to the version of theVMware product that created it.

This has worked for me but please make a backup first if in any doubt.

In the virtual machines VMX file change the following line:

virtualHW.version = "6"
to
virtualHW.version = "4"

This can be done by opening the files using notepad and saving

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Next, change the following line in the 1KB vmdk file:

ddb.virtualHWVersion = "6"
to
ddb.virtualHWVersion = "4"

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Try to add the virtual machine into the inventory and if you still have an issue revert to your backup.

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4 thoughts on “Error message ‘Configuration file was created by a VMware product with more features than this version’ when you try to add a virtual machine into the VMware repository

  1. Thanks man.
    It worked perfectly although I’m using VMware Workstation 7 and the image was created using VMware Workstation 9.

  2. Thanks man.
    It worked perfectly although I’m using VMware workstation 7 and the image was created using VMware Workstation 9.

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