V2V Conversion – VMWare Server Console to Hyper-V

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Hyper-V
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Virtual Machines
VMware Server
VMware Server Console
Windows Server 2008
I will be thankful to you if you can help me to resolve my query related to V2V conversion for converting Virtual Machines created in VMWare Server Console (version: 1.0.3 build 44356) to Window Server 2008 (Hyper-V) using SCVMM 2008.

1. I have installed VMWare Server console(Free version) on HP DL380 G5 series Server having Host OS as Window Server 2003 Enterprise Edition R2 (SP2) & hosting 4 instances of Virtual Machines having Guest OS as Window Server 2003 R2 using SCSI disks. 2. Now I have installed Window Server 2008 & Hyper-V role in other HP DL380 G5 series Server & also installed SCVMM in this server to manage & monitor Virtual machines.

My question is that How can I convert above Virtual Machines created in VMWare Server Console to Hyper-V using SCVMM? Is there any option to add server in SCVMM which are hosting Virtual machines (Created in VMWare)?



Software/Hardware used:
Window Server 2003 Enterprise Edition R2, Window Server 2008 Enterprise Edition 64 Bit Hyper-V, SCVMM, VMWare Server Console, HP DL380 G5 Server

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Gaurang,

Overall, it sounds like you’re on the right track for performing a V2V conversion from a VMware VM (.vmdk file) to a Hyper-V VM (.vhd file). I did a quick web search, and the following links should provide you with the step-by-step information you need:

http://www.ittv.net/VideoPlayer/tabid/57/VideoId/233/Perform-A-Virtual-To-Virtual-V2V-Migration-With-SCVMM-2008.aspx

http://windowsitpro.com/Articles/ArticleID/100848/pg/1/1.html

Basically, you need to use the “Convert virtual machine” feature in the Library section of SCVMM. You’re not importing the VM directly. Instead, you need to convert the virtual hard disks, and then create a new Hyper-V VM that uses the new VHD. It’s also possible to treat a running VMware VM as a physical machine and to use a P2V conversion process, but if downtime isn’t an issue, I think the above approach is preferred.

I hope this is helpful – good luck!

– Anil

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