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UPDATE: Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter 3.0 Available #Hyperv #Azure #SCVMM #MVMC

MVMC 1Select your Migration destination.


Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter (MVMC) is a Microsoft-supported, stand-alone solution for the information technology (IT) pro or solution provider who wants to

  • convert virtual machines and disks from VMware hosts to Hyper-V hosts and Microsoft Azure.
  • convert physical machines and disks to Hyper-V

This guide is intended for the enterprise customer in an IT role, such as the IT decision maker (ITDM), IT pro, or IT implementer. It provides an overview of MVMC features and functionality, as well as information about how to install and use MVMC as a conversion solution.


MVMC can be deployed with minimal dependencies. Because MVMC provides native support for Windows PowerShell, it enables scripting and integration with data center automation workflows such as those authored and run within Microsoft System Center Orchestrator 2012 R2. It can also be invoked through the Windows PowerShell command-line interface. The solution is simple to download, install, and use. In addition to the Windows PowerShell capability, MVMC provides a wizard-driven GUI to facilitate virtual machine conversion.

New Features in MVMC 3.0

MVMC 3.0 release of MVMC includes the following new features:

  • Online conversion of physical machines to virtual hard disks (VHDs) that can be uploaded to Hyper-V hosts

Key MVMC Features

In addition to the new feature above, MVMC provides the following functionality:

  • Converts and deploys virtual machines from VMware hosts to Hyper-V hosts on any of the following operating systems:
  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
  • Converts VMware virtual machines, virtual disks, and configurations for memory, virtual processor, and other virtual computing resources from the source to Hyper-V.
  • Adds virtual network interface cards (NICs) to the converted virtual machine on Hyper-V.
  • Supports conversion of virtual machines from VMware vSphere 5.5, VMware vSphere 5.1, and VMware vSphere 4.1 hosts to Hyper-V.
  • Has a wizard-driven GUI, which simplifies performing virtual machine conversions.
  • Uninstalls VMware Tools before online conversion (online only) to provide a clean way to migrate VMware-based virtual machines to Hyper-V.

Important   MVMC takes a snapshot of the virtual machine that you are converting before you uninstall VMware Tools, and then shuts down the source machine to preserve state during conversion. The virtual machine is restored to its previous state after the source disks that are attached to the virtual machine are successfully copied to the machine where the conversion process is run. At that point, the source machine in VMware can be turned on, if required.

Important   MVMC does not uninstall VMware Tools in an offline conversion. Instead, it disables VMware services, drivers, and programs only for Windows Server guest operating systems. For file conversions with Linux guest operating systems, VMware Tools are not disabled or uninstalled. We highly recommend that you manually uninstall VMware Tools when you convert an offline virtual machine.

  • Supports Windows Server and Linux guest operating system conversion. For more details, see the section “Supported Configurations for Virtual Machine Conversion” in this guide.
  • Provides native Windows PowerShell capability that enables scripting and integration into IT automation workflows.

Note   The command-line interface (CLI) in MVMC 1.0 has been replaced by Windows PowerShell in MVMC 2.0.

  • Supports conversion and provisioning of Linux-based guest operating systems from VMware hosts to Hyper-V hosts.
  • Supports conversion of offline virtual machines.
  • Supports the new virtual hard disk format (VHDX) when converting and provisioning in Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2012.(Does not apply to physical machine conversions.)
  • Supports Windows Server 2008 through Windows Server 2012 R2, and Windows Vista through Windows 8 as guest operating systems that you can select for conversion, along with an umber of Linux distributions. See the section “Supported Configurations for Virtual Machine Conversion” for more detail.
  • Includes Windows PowerShell capability for offline conversions of VMware-based virtual hard disks (VMDK) to a Hyper-V–based virtual hard disk file format (.vhd file).

Note   The offline disk conversion does not include driver fixes.

And ofcourse there are Powershell CMDlets to do conversions and handy for automation.
This script is a representative sample of the entire flow to perform a physical to virtual machine conversion:

 ## Create the credentials
$user = ‘User Name’
$pass = convertto-securestring ‘Password’ -asplaintext -force
$cred = new-object pscredential ($user, $pass)

## Import the module

Import-Module “C:\Program Files\Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter\MvmcCmdlet.psd1”

$SourceMachine = ‘SourceMachineName’

## Get system information and logical drives
$conn = new-mvmcp2vsourceconnection -physicalserver $SourceMachine -sourcecredential $cred
$sys = Get-MvmcP2VSourceSystemInformation -P2VSourceConnection $conn
$lcs = $sys.LogicalDrives
$lcs | ft driveletter
$nads = $sys.NetworkAdapters

## Create the P2V target VM configuration
$p2vparam = New-MvmcP2VRequestParam
$p2vparam.CpuCount = 1 ##Number of PRocessors on the destination VM
$p2vparam.StartupMemoryInMB = 512 ##Memory for the destination VM
$p2vparam.UseDynamicMemory = $false ##Memory Static or Dynamic
$p2vparam.SelectedNetworkAdapters.add($nads[0], “External”) ##VSwitch Name on the HyperV Host
$HyperVHostName = ‘DestinationHostName’
$HyperVHostUser = ‘DestinationUserName’
$HyperVHostPass = convertto-securestring ‘DestinationPassword’ -asplaintext -force
$HyperVHostCred = new-object pscredential ($HyperVHostUser, $HyperVHostPass)
$hvconn = New-MVMCHyperVHostConnection -HyperVServer $HyperVHostName -HostCredential $HyperVHostCred
$DestinationPath = ‘FinalPath’ #THis can be a local path (c:\VMPath), if the converter and host are the same machine, else only a share path (\\Server\Share)
$TempWorkingFolder = ‘Temp Path’ #this path is used for disk fixups, and must be a local path (c:\temp)
$VMName = ‘VM Name’

## P2V conversion

ConvertTo-MvmcP2V -SourceMachineConnection $conn -DestinationLiteralPath $DestinationPath -DestinationHyperVHostConnection $hvconn -TempWorkingFolder $TempWorkingFolder -VmName $VMName -P2VRequestParam $p2vparam -Verbose -Debug

Here you can download the Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter 3.0 and all documentation with the Powershell commands guide included.

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What’s New in the Windows Server Technical Preview #Windows #Winserv #Hyperv #sysctr #SCVMM

Windows 10 Family

What’s New in the Windows Server Technical Preview :

  • What’s New in Active Directory Federation Services. Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) in Windows Server Technical Preview includes new features that enable you to configure AD FS to authenticate users stored in Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) directories. For more information, see Active Directory Federation Services Overview.
  • What’s new for Hyper-V in the Technical Preview. This topic explains the new and changed functionality of the Hyper-V role in Windows Server Technical Preview, Client Hyper-V running on Windows 10 Technical Preview, and Microsoft Hyper-V Server Technical Preview.
  • Windows Defender Overview. Windows Defender is installed and enabled by default in Windows Server Technical Preview, but the user interface for Windows Defender is not installed. However, Windows Defender will update antimalware definitions and protect the computer without the user interface. If you need the user interface for Windows Defender, you can install it after the operating system installation by using the Add Roles and Features Wizard.
  • What’s New in Remote Desktop Services in the Windows Server Technical Preview. For the Windows Server Technical Preview, the Remote Desktop Services team focused on improvements based on customer requests. We added support for OpenGL and OpenCL applications, and added MultiPoint Services as a new role in Windows Server.
  • What’s New in Storage Services in Windows Server Technical Preview. This topic explains the new and changed functionality of Storage Services. An update in storage quality of service now enables you to create storage QoS policies on a Scale-Out File Server and assign them to one or more virtual disks on Hyper-V virtual machines. Storage Replica is a new feature that enables synchronous replication between servers for disaster recovery, as well as stretching of a failover cluster for high availability..
  • What’s New in Failover Clustering in Windows Server Technical Preview. This topic explains the new and changed functionality of Failover Clustering. A Hyper-V or Scale-out File Server failover cluster can now easily be upgraded without any downtime or need to build a new cluster with nodes that are running Windows Server Technical Preview.
  • What’s New in Web Application Proxy. Web Application Proxy now supports preauthentication for applications using the HTTP Basic protocol, wildcards in external URLS of applications, redirection from HTTP to HTTPS, use of pass-through authentication with HTTP applications, publishing of Remote Desktop Gateway apps, a new debug log, propagation of client IP addresses to backend applications, and improvements to the Administrator console.
  • What’s New in Windows PowerShell 5.0. Windows PowerShell 5.0 includes significant new features—including support for developing with classes, and new security features—that extend its use, improve its usability, and allow you to control and manage Windows-based environments more easily and comprehensively. Multiple new features in Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) are also described in this topic.
  • What’s New in Networking in Windows Server Technical Preview. With this topic you can discover information about new networking technologies, such as Network Controller and Generic Routing Encapsulation (GRE) Tunneling, and new features for existing technologies, including IP Address Management (IPAM), DNS, and DHCP. Detailed information about what’s new is available for these networking technologies:

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Rebuilding and Upgrading Microsoft Testlab and Start with #Hyperv Recovery Manager with #Azure #HybridCloud

With our testlab ICTCUMULUS we made awesome Microsoft solutions with Private and Public Cloud and learned a lot.
Here are some blogposts I made earlier :

Starting : From Microsoft Private Cloud to Hybrid Cloud Services

From Microsoft Private Cloud to Hybrid Cloud Services: Hyperv Clustering

From Microsoft Private Cloud to Hybrid Cloud Services : SCVMM 2012 R2

Making a NVGRE Gateway with System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager

SQL 2014 Guest Cluster with Shared VHDX on Hyperv 2012 R2 Cluster for WAPack

Windows Azure Pack for Windows Server 2012 R2 Guide

Now it’s time for upgrading and rebuilding our Testlab ICTCUMULUS with extra memory and new Microsoft Hyper-v 2012 R2 Hypervisors.

Upgrade 1

Upgrade 2We have enough Memory now 😉

Here are the Visio drawings of ICT CUMULUS and we Changed some things like :

  • A Dedicated Hyper-V Cluster 2012 R2 for a virtual SQL 2014 Guest Cluster.
  • A Dedicated Switch for I-SCSI storage traffic.

Memory Upgrades


When we are ready with rebuilding ICTCUMULUS Testlab, we will start with Microsoft Azure Site Recovery Manager and my next blogpost:

Azure replication

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Overview poster of Azure features, services, and common uses #Azure #Cloud #sysctr #Hyperv

AzureMicrosoft Overview of Azure features, Services and comon uses

Microsoft Azure is an open and flexible cloud platform that enables you to quickly build, deploy, and manage applications across a global network of Microsoft-managed datacenters.
You can build applications using any language, tool,or framework. And you can integrate your public cloud applications with your existing IT environment.

Microsoft Four primary models for building and running apps :

Azure 1

Azure 2

Azure 3

Azure 4

Choose from an extensive service catalog :

Azure 5

Azure 6You can download this Microsoft Azure Overview poster here

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#Microsoft Cloud in a Box with Dell PowerEdge VRTX #CloudOS #sysctr #Azure #Dell


In June 2013,  I was introducing the Dell PowerEdge VRTX for Hybrid Cloud with System Center 2012 SP1 Suite with a video and a Hyper-V 2012 Reference Architecture guide.
You can find that blogpost here

Now  the Dell PowerEdge VRTX All-In-The-Box Solution works great together with Microsoft Cloud :

4ward is pleased to offer the first appliance for the Cloud on the market, specifically designed for both Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), and for organizations with offices, departments or branch offices. A solution that once the first setup is completed is fully supported by Dell, 24×7, through their ProSupport services, for the Windows components and by Microsoft for the System Center part, it is based on an unique infrastructure in the industry:
Dell PowerEdge VRTX, a converged system that can enable any organization to implement a Data Center with a solution in-a-box, even within an office.
Thanks to Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2, Microsoft System Center 2012 R2, and the intellectual property of 4ward customers can order and receive a private Cloud solution that will be deployed at the first boot of the system with the help of a wizard. Just as easily could be extended to a public Cloud, creating a hybrid solution. Through the Cloud in-a-box appliance, workloads and services will get geographical high availability, scale up and scale down features, always letting the characteristics of the IT infrastructure perfectly adhere
business needs, even if for intense and short periods of time.
All this at the cost of a virtualization infrastructure.

Here you see more detailed technical information of the Dell PowerEdge VRTX :

VRTX Config


Dell VRTX front Rear

Dell VRTX SolutionAll in One Box

Cloud in a box OverviewWith Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2
You are ready for Microsoft Cloud OS.


With this Big Datacenter in a Little box you got a lot of benefits :

  • Reduce costs like power consumption
  • Flexible in moving
  • Datacenter Rackspace
  • Microsoft Cloud OS

SDN Microsoft Azure

Software Defined Networking will do the rest for you 🙂

For Small and Medium Enterprises (SME’s) and Educational institutes you can build now Twin Datacenters for disasterrecovery with Hyper-V Recovery manager (Microsoft Azure) for low costs.

hyper-v-recovery-managerYou Need two Dell PowerEdge VRTX

With all the possibilities of the Dell PowerEdge VRTX I can recommend every SME company this sollution Cloud in a Box.

Here you see the Dell PowerEdge VRTX with Microsoft and 4ward making a Private Cloud in One Hour.

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Migrate On-Premise Virtualized Workloads to Azure using Azure Site Recovery #Azure #Hyperv #DR #SCVMM



Here you can read more about Azure site Recovery on this blogpost of Microsoft Azure to migrate virtualized workloads to Azure to reduce downtime of production.