If you have plans to use the Microsoft Virtual Appliances on VMware ESX Server 3.x, then you can also use the Virtual
Machine Importer tool that is freely available from VMware in order to convert the Microsoft Virtual Server appliance into a VMware format. Also VMware Converter 3.0 is in beta now. This product is supposed to import from a variety of formats as well and should be even easier and more intuitive to use than the Virtual Machine Importer tool.
If you are standardized on VMware products and still want to take advantage of the new Microsoft virtual appliances, then you have plenty of options for converting them to a VMware format. Hopefully, this is a sign of more interoperability features between competing products in the future. This will help all parties involved.
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