Unable to determine Guest Operating System in vmware converter

If you’re trying to restore / import a virtual machine with the vmware converter, and you get the error

“Unable to determine Guest Operating System”, have a look at your vmware converter logs.

if you can find something like this in your logs

[#7] [2008-09-22 10:42:15.816 ‘App’ 632 verbose] [,0] DISKLIB-LINK  : “scsi0-0-0-nameofyourvmdk.vmdk” : failed to open (The system cannot find the file specified).
[#7] [2008-09-22 10:42:15.816 ‘App’ 632 verbose] [,0] DISKLIB-CHAIN : “scsi0-0-0-nameofyourvmdk” : failed to open (The system cannot find the file specified).

then an easy fix is just to rename your vmdk file, append scsi0-0-0- to the beginning of the filename.

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