Microsoft beginning this month released the Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter Tool and the Virtual Machine Converter Plug-in for the VMware vSphere Client . Microsoft started the beta of the Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter (MVMC) tool in April this year and released the beta of the Plug-in for the vSphere client in August this year.
The MVMC is a so called Solution Accelerator, and it is able to convert VMware-based Virtual Machines to Microsoft Hyper-V VMs and disks.
Providing these kinds of tooling is extremely important if Microsoft wants to support their customers who want to migrate to Hyper-V from vSphere.
The tool provides the following functionality:
- Can convert and deploy VMs from VMware hosts running either vSphere 4.1 or 5.0 to Hyper-V hosts on Windows Server 2012, by migrating configuration such as memory, virtual processor and by adding virtual network interface cards.
- Converts VMware virtual disks to Microsoft Virtual Hard Disks (VHDs)
- Uninstalls VMware tools prior to conversion and installs Integration Services if the guest OS is Windows Server 2003 SP2
- Supports Windows Server 2003 SP2, Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 guest Operating Systems.
- Scriptable command-line interface and wizard-driver GUI
The Plug-in for the vSphere Client extends the vSphere Client context menu so that the MVMC can be triggered from the vSphere Client.