I've just finished the first round of VMware Server 2.0 beta testing, and although I quite like the product, it's still not stable enough for my needs, and so I've decided to fall back to VMware Server 1.0.4.
But what happens is that every time you try to use the VMware Server 2.0 virtual machine in VMware Server 1.0.4, you get an error like this:
"Configuration file was created by a VMware product with more features than this version" may be a correct statement, but chances are that you won't need any of the new features of VMware Server 2.0 to use standard VMs.
Because of this, you can use a simple hack to make the new VMs work with older version of VMware Server: simply change the hardware version back.
Here's how you do it:
1) Fix the VM configuation file
Go to the directory with all the files for your VM (V:\indiana in my example), and edit the VM configuration file – the one with .vmx extension.
Change this line (should be close to the top of the file):
virtualHW.version = "6"
virtualHW.version = "4"
2) Fix the VM disk configuration file
In exactly the same manner, fix the virtual machine disk file (.vmdk one:
ddb.virtualHWVersion = "6"
to look like this:
ddb.virtualHWVersion = "4"
That's all you need! After these two quick fixes your VM will be happily recognized by VMware Server 1.0.4. Enjoy!