Best practices for migrating a datacenter from VMware to Microsoft Hyper-V

~ Giuseppe Di Federico I’ve had the opportunity to assist many customers who wanted to migrate their infrastructure from VMware to Microsoft Hyper-V so I wanted to take a minute to highlight some of the best practices I learned along the way. Customers decide to migrate to Hyper-V for many reasons, including the fact that… Read more

Help us get better – Join the VMM customer panel

The System Center engineering team is looking for Virtualization Management customers who can provide feedback on pain points, preferences, and usage behavior. We are starting a customer panel for VMM and Hyper-V customers to help influence the future of the product. What are my commitments as a panel member? 1 hour meeting once a week for 4 weeks Actively share your… Read more

Free tool to convert VMware-based virtual machines and disks to Hyper-V based virtual machines and disks

The Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter (MVMC) Solution Accelerator is a Microsoft-supported, stand-alone solution for the IT pro or solution provider who wants to convert VMware-based virtual machines and disks to Hyper-V®-based virtual machines and disks. MVMC provides the following features: Converts and deploys virtual machines from VMware hosts to Hyper-V hosts including Hyper-V on Windows… Read more

Support Tip: Connecting to a VM running on a VMware cluster from VMM 2012 fails with error 20700

Hi folks, this is Vladimir from the VMM team and today I want to discuss an issue with System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager (VMM 2012) and VMware vCenter 4.1 that I saw few weeks ago. The summary of the issue is this: A VMM 2012 Self-Service user receives the following error when trying to… Read more

KB: Placing a highly available virtual machine on an ESXi Cluster in System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager fails

Here’s a new Knowledge Base article we published. This one talks about an issue where placing a highly available virtual machine on an ESXi Cluster in System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager fails. ===== Symptoms When trying to place a highly available virtual machine on an ESXi 4.0 cluster managed by System Center 2012 Virtual… Read more

Microsoft Virtualization for VMware Professionals – Free Online Classes – March 29 – 31

Just one week after Microsoft Management Summit 2011 (MMS), Microsoft Learning will be hosting an exclusive three-day Jump Start class specially tailored for VMware and Microsoft virtualization technology professionals. Registration for “Microsoft Virtualization for VMware Professionals” is open now and will be delivered as a FREE online class on March 29-31, 2010 from 10:00am-4:00pm PDT. … Read more

Issue: The vmmservice may crash when adding a VMware vCenter environment that uses distributed switches in System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008

We should be rolling out a KB article on this pretty soon (if it’s not already) but I figured a heads up here would be a good idea too. Symptoms The vmmservice may crash while attempting to add a VMware vCenter environment that uses distributed switches.  Cause System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 does not… Read more

Attempting to migrate or VMotion a VM from one clustered host to another may result in "A general system error occurred: Failed waiting for data. Error 16. Invalid argument"

Here’s an issue I recently came across and since I didn’t see this documented anywhere I wanted to give you a heads up. Attempting to migrate (VMotion) a VM from one clustered host to another may result in the following error: Error: “A general system error occured: Failed waiting for data. Error 16. Invalid argument.”… Read more

Enabling full management of VMware with SCVMM

Internally and externally to Microsoft I have seen a number of issues around how to enabling full VMware Management using SCVMM.  Most of the time people don’t understand that the reason they can’t create a VMware VM or migrate a VM from VMware environment to VMM library is because they have not done the necessary… Read more