Release: VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.5

Posted by Marcel van den Berg   |   Thursday, October 24th, 2013   |  

Shortly after the release of VMware vSphere 5.5, VMware released its free converter tool vCenter Converter Standalone version 5.5.

vCenter Converter Standalone is a feature rich, mature tool for conversions of many types of workloads  to VMware virtual machines. It allows Image to Virtual (I2V) , Virtual to Virtual (V2V)  and Physical to Virtual (P2V) conversions. For obvious reasons this tool cannot be used for conversions where Hyper-V is a target server.

The VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.5 includes the following new functionality:

  • Support for virtual machine hardware version 10 (62TB disks, virtual SATA controllers, etc.)
  • Support for RedHat KVM virtual machines as a source
  • A new option for selecting the network adapter for the target virtual machine
  • Support for additional guest operating systems
  • Parallel disk conversions
  • Virtual SAN support

vCenter Converter has many interesting features. It is able to convert virtual machines with no downtime according to the release notes. I have not used Converter for a while and did not know conversions can be done without any downtime. I was under the impression there is always a short downtime.
Converter is able to do a two step conversion. First it copies all of the data of the source server to the target. The target remains offline. Then it can do a synchronization between source and target to move the delta or changed data. After that the source server is switched off (or disconnected from the network) and the target server connected to the production network.

Virtual SAN support is another interesting feature. Because VSAN uses an object based filesystem  instead of VMFS being block based or NFS being file based, Converter needed to be adjusted for supporting Virtual SAN.
Curious how long it will take before other V2V / P2V vendors start to support Virtual SAN.

The release notes are here.

Download VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.5  here


Labels: ,

blog comments powered by Disqus


virtualization.info Newest articles
Citrix results for Q3 2014

October 24th, 2014

On October 22, Citrix announced its financial results for the third quarter of fiscal year 2014, ended September 30, 2014.
The revenues for the third quarter were $759 million for…

VMware results for Q3 2014

October 24th, 2014

On October 21, VMware released the financial results for the third quarter of 2014.
The revenues for the third quarter were $1.53 billion for an increase of 18% compared to…

Paper: Reference Architecture – Director and EdgeSight

October 23rd, 2014

Citrix has released a paper titled: “Reference Architecture: Director and EdgeSight“. The paper which contains 32 pages contains a reference architecture for setting up Citrix Director and Citrix Edgesight.
Citrix…

Paper: Cisco UCS C240-M3 Rack Server with NVIDIA GRID GPU cards on Citrix XenServer 6.2 and XenDesktop 7.5

October 21st, 2014

Cisco has released a paper titled: “Cisco UCS C240-M3 Rack Server with NVIDIA GRID GPU cards on Citrix XenServer 6.2 and XenDesktop 7.5“.
The paper which contains 38 pages will…

Microsoft announces updates to its public and private cloud portfolio

October 20th, 2014

Microsoft today announced several upcoming features to both its public Microsoft Azure services, as its private cloud solution based on Windows Server and System Center. CEO Satya Nadella stated that…

OpenStack releases the 10th version of its IaaS platform called Juno

October 20th, 2014

OpenStack, the open source cloud computing project has released its 10th version of its IaaS platform for public, private and hybrid clouds. This version has 342 new features and…

VMware decides to disable TPS in future ESXi releases by default

October 17th, 2014

In a knowledge base article titled: “Security considerations and disallowing inter-Virtual Machine Transparent Page Sharing (2080735)” published on October 16th, VMware states that it will disable the Transparant Page Sharing…

Paper: Citrix Virtual Desktop Handbook 7.x

October 16th, 2014

Based on the recent releases of Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop 7.6, Citrix has updated its design guidance called the "Citrix Virtual Desktop Handbook 7.x". The handbook which contains 202 pages…

VMware announces vRealize Log Insight 2.5

October 16th, 2014

VMware has announced the release of version 2.5 of its log aggregation, management and analysis product Log Insight. This version will be the follow up of version 2.0 which was…

Release: Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3.18

October 16th, 2014

Oracle has released a new version of its virtualization platform VM Virtualbox. Version 4.3.18 is considered a maintenance release which can be installed on top of version 4.3. The update…

Paper: Performance and Scalability of Microsoft SQL Server on VMware vSphere 5.5

October 16th, 2014

VMware has released a paper titled: "Performance and Scalability of Microsoft SQL Server on VMware vSphere 5.5". The Paper which contains 33 pages demonstrates that large Microsoft SQL Server databases…

Paper: Microsoft Exchange Server Performance on VMware Virtual SAN

October 16th, 2014

VMware has released a paper titled: "Microsoft Exchange Server Performance on VMware Virtual SAN". The paper which contains 9 pages shows the results of performance tests of Microsoft Exchange Server…

Microsoft announces support for Docker container virtualization for next version of Windows Server

October 15th, 2014

Microsoft has announced that it will support for Docker in its next version of Windows Server. Docker which provides a so called container virtualization solution currently receives a lot of…

Paper: Achieving Over 1-Million IOPS from Hyper-V VMs in a Scale-Out File Server Cluster Using Windows Server 2012 R2

October 15th, 2014

Microsoft has released a paper titled:"Achieving Over 1-Million IOPS from Hyper-V VMs in a Scale-Out File Server Cluster Using Windows Server 2012 R2". The paper which contains 24 pages demonstrates…

 
Monthly Archive