UPDATE: While this post and the methods described are still relevant, I have written a new guide here: HoneyDrive 3 VMware guide
Many honeypot enthusiasts who wanted to try out HoneyDrive had difficulties importing the OVA file into VMware software like ESXi, Workstation, etc. I use VirtualBox to develop HoneyDrive and there seems to be an incompatibility between the two virtualization product series. You can always install VirtualBox and easily import HoneyDrive there but I realise this might not be suitable for everyone. So, here are some tips to set up HoneyDrive on VMware (you can try any one of them):
The second comes from commenter “Rob” who utilized VMware’s OVF tool: http://bruteforcelab.com/honeydrive-desktop-released.html#comment-779920644
The third is the failsafe/straightforward one which Richard Bejtlich used to try HoneyDrive 0.2, and commented about it here: http://bruteforcelab.com/honeydrive-desktop-released.html#comment-779920647. Basically, OVA is like a compressed tar archive. You can uncompress it using a common utility (e.g. 7zip) and you get HoneyDrive’s virtual disk file in a VMDK format. Then, you can simply manually create a new virtual machine in VMware and attach this file as hard disk. Bear in mind that Ubuntu keeps a record of the MAC addresses for each NIC, and since you create a new VM from scratch I think that the virtual NIC inside HoneyDrive might change its name to eth1 from eth0 (on the contrary, importing the OVA retains the generated MAC). This shouldn’t be a problem (defining a specific interface to use was not required in any of the honeypot software as far as I recall), although it can be fixed very easily by editing udev rules (see: http://www.kkoncepts.net/node/107) for “normalization” reasons.
Last but not least, another guide comes from commenter “Setareh” who wrote about his experience here: http://bruteforcelab.com/setup-honeydrive-on-vmware-workstation-esxi-etc.html#comment-979839942. He used the VBoxManage utility to convert between virtual disk formats and successfully imported HoneyDrive into VMWare Workstation 8.
EDIT: user “Hawkie” has commented here to announce the creation of VMWare-converted version of HoneyDrive. You can download it as a torrent from TPB: http://thepiratebay.se/torrent/9402030/Honeydrive_0.2_nectar_edition_vmware_image. Bear in mind that I take no responsibility for the validity or security of this particular project! Use at your own risk.