Convert from VMware to QEMU

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This is a quick and dirty quide to converting an Vmware disk file (.vmdk) to something usable by QEMU.

Now QEMU can use the vmdk file directly but it cannot be compressed like QCOW or benefit from snapshots.

So we use qemu-img to perform the conversion to a more native format, qcow2. I add -c to compress and -p to show the progress.

qemu-img convert -c -p -O qcow2 vmname.vmdk vmname.qcow2