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What’s New

The Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter (MVMC) Release Candidate is now available!

Click here to download the Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter Release Candidate if you have already joined the MVMC Connect program. To join the program, click here.

See the “Download the Release Candidate” section on this page for information about getting started.

New in the Release Candidate

In addition to the capabilities that were delivered as part of the beta release, the MVMC Release Candidate:

  • 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.

About This Solution Accelerator

The Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter provides a Microsoft-supported, freely available, stand-alone solution for converting VMware virtual machines and disks to Hyper-V-based virtual machines and virtual hard drives (VHDs). This tool simplifies low-cost, point-and-click migration of Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 2003 SP2/R2 SP2 guest operating systems from VMware to Hyper-V. The tool can now convert and deploy virtual machines from VMware to Hyper-V on Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate. The tool also adds virtual NICs to the deployed virtual machine on Hyper-V.

In More Detail

The Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter:

  • 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.

This stand-alone tool has a low footprint, is easy to install, and is supported by Microsoft.

Related Resources

Download the Release Candidate

The Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter is available as a release candidate on the Connect website. It is an open download.

To download the Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter Release Candidate, do the following:

  1. Visit the Microsoft Connect website at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=247805.
  2. Sign in using a valid Windows Live ID to continue to the Invitations page.
  3. Scroll down to Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter.

If you have not previously registered with Microsoft Connect, you might be required to register before continuing with the invitation process.

If the link in step 1 does not work for you, copy the link and paste it into the web browser address bar.

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Author: James van den Berg

I'm Microsoft Architect and ICT Specialist and Microsoft MVP System Center Cloud and Datacenter Management

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