With a converted VMware image, is there anything else I need to know?

Yes – you might still have issues getting it to work. Our recommendation is always to create a new system inside the ElasticHosts servers and install what you need, and send over data. Windows guests in particular dislike having their virtual hardware swapped around, so there are few guarantees that you’ll have a reliable system after conversion. That said, we recommend:

  1. Remove VMware Tools before you shut down for conversion. This is the most important step.
  2. Make sure when you run the converted file, you set the number of cores to at least two. This is in the advanced options for the server, and does seem to make Windows guests in particular more reliable.
  3. Some users have had more success with the older RealTek virtual network card than the Intel one. If you do have issues, it’s certainly worth swapping.