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Mar 26 2007   3:34PM GMT

P2V wins, losses: VMware Converter

Jan Stafford Jan Stafford Profile: Jan Stafford

The road from physical to virtual servers isn’t a freeway…yet. There some potholes that hold up P2V migrations. Here are a couple of views from those who’ve taken a trip with VMware Converter.

Language support issues on VMware Converter caused several P2V mishaps for Robert Sieber of SHD System-Haus-Dresden GmbH in Dresden, Germany. Responding to my blog entry on physical-to-virtual (P2V) migration mishaps, he wrote:

“Mainly all of our tries to migrate from physical to virtual or virtual to virtual failing at 97%. It looks like if there is an issue with the language of the underlying OS. We used German OSes for installing VMware converter and now we are trying to use only English ones. Since we switched to English success rate is somewhat better.

“I really hope that the people who developed ESX server are much better than the one who developed Converter and Capacity Planner.”

Blogger Scott Lowe had mostly good experiences with VMware Converter. Check out his trip through online and CD-boot experiments on his blog. Lowe liked VMware’s network throughput of about 8-9GB per hour and its ability to import directly to VMFS on ESX Server farm with no need to use a helper VM or vmkfstools. On the other hand, he had trouble logging in to VirtualCenter and had to connect to back-end ESX server instead. Booting up seemed to take more time on VMware Converter than on VMware’s older tool, P2V Assistant; but, he says, “this is a very subjective assessment.”

What are your objective or subjective opinions about the state of P2V migration tools? Please comment here, or email me at

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