1. Shell into your vmware ESXI server and copy the the files (vmdks only) or simply make a copy of an existing virtual machine using the vsphere GUI interface.
2. Copy only the vmdk and the XXX-flat.vmdk
3 Create a new Machine choose custom in the option.
4. Choose "Existing Vritual Disk" then browse to the location of the new virtual disk and select the vmdk listed.
5. Start your new machine.