I know that a large percentage of Microsoft customers are using VMware as their primary virtualization platform today. I also believe a good percentage of these customers are using Hyper-V as a secondary hypervisor in lab, test and possibly lower impact production environments. In fact, I had one such customer recently ask me if there was an “easy” way to get a few of their production VMs running on VMware “exported” and “imported into Hyper-V in their lab so they could do some application upgrade testing.
With System Center 2012 and Virtual Machine Manager, we do have a way to do this, but that isn’t free. The good news is we are indeed working on a FREE tool to help address this need from our customers. The Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter (MVMC) tool is in beta now and can be found on our Connect site here: https://connect.microsoft.com/site14/InvitationUse.aspx?ProgramID=7594&InvitationID=MVMC-PK9Q-BR47.
The Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter Tool:
- Provides a quick, low-risk option for VMware customers to evaluate Hyper-V
- Converts VMware VMs, virtual disks and configuration, (memory, virtual processor, etc.) from the source to Hyper-V
- Uninstalls the VMware tools on the source VM and installs the Hyper-V Integration Services as appropriate
- Includes an easy-to-use wizard-driven GUI simplifying VM conversion
The current MVMC Beta supports converting virtual machines created with:
- VMware vSphere 4.1
- VMware vSphere 5.0
To virtual machines for:
- Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Hyper-V
- Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 SP1
The team is working to include support for Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V as well, but that is not in the beta tool today.