Yet Another Way to Convert VMware to Hyper-V
Not too long ago a Solution Accelerator has been released. Though still in Release Candidate, this Solution Accelerator converts and deploys virtual machines from VMware hosts to Hyper-V hosts. It is called The Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter or MVMC.
Here’s a snippet from TechNet:-
- Converts and deploys virtual machines from VMware hosts to Hyper-V hosts running:
- Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate.
- Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 Release Candidate.
- Adds virtual network interface cards (NICs) to the converted virtual machine on Hyper-V.
- Configures dynamic memory on the converted virtual machine.
- Supports migration of virtual machines that are hosted on a vSphere cluster.
- Supports migration of virtual machines to a Hyper-V host that is part of a failover cluster.
- Enables Microsoft partners to cobrand the tool so that it incorporates their logos.
This are the list of the things it does. Personally I like the fact that it helps to automatically removes the VMware tools from the source virtual machine.
- Provides a quick, low-risk option for VMware customers to evaluate Hyper-V.
- Converts VMware virtual machines to Hyper-V virtual machines: The VM Conversion will convert VMware-hosted virtual machines and ensure that the entire configuration, such as memory, virtual processor, and other machine configurations, is also migrated from the initial source.
- Supports a clean migration to Hyper-V with uninstallation of VMware tools on the source virtual machine.
- Provides a wizard-driven GUI, making it simple to perform virtual machine conversion.
- Installs integration services for Windows 2003 guests that are converted to Hyper-V virtual machines.
- Supports conversion of virtual machines from VMware vSphere 4.1 and 5.0 hosts, including those hosted on a vSphere cluster, to Hyper-V. The tool also supports migration of virtual machines to a Hyper-V host that is part of a failover cluster.
- Supports offline conversions of VMware-based virtual hard disks (VMDK) to a Hyper-V-based virtual hard disk file format (.vhd file)
- Includes a fully scriptable command-line interfaces (CLI) for performing machine conversion and offline disk conversion, integrating with data center automation workflows such as those authored and executed within System Center 2012 – Orchestrator. The command line can also be invoked through Windows PowerShell.