One thing to keep in mind with either of those tools is that they do not know 
how to properly extract data from that latest VMware snapshot state. Both tools 
will produce a raw file that contains the first snapshot state.

Also if you roll back the VMware snapshot, sometimes it can render the system 
unbootable. I have experienced this with FreeBSD ZFS installations. The VMware 
snapshot is not a true snapshot of the disk. So I recommend making a backup of 
the VMs before converting them over.

Best of luck!

Justin D Holcomb

<> on behalf of J. Hellenthal 
Sent: Sunday, August 7, 2016 7:37:23 AM
To: Victor Sudakov
Subject: Re: Converting from VMDK to RAW

I'm going to assume you have virtual box where VBoxManage is a tool that you 
can use to convert to raw. If not qemu-img convert can also do the same and is 
available via ports.

Either way you should be able to get a raw image out of either.

 Jason Hellenthal,
 Systems & Network Admin,
 Mobile: 0x9CA0BD58,

On Aug 7, 2016, at 08:11, Victor Sudakov <> wrote:


I would like to convert some FreeBSD VMs from VMware to bhyve. Which
is the best way to convert virtual disks from the VMDK to the RAW
format (which I think is the format bhyve uses)?

Victor Sudakov,  VAS4-RIPE, VAS47-RIPN
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