The Windows Server Notebook

Apr 8 2014   8:27PM GMT

Microsoft delivers MVMC 2.0 conversion tool

Toni Boger Toni Boger Profile: Toni Boger

This is a busy week for Microsoft releases. In addition to delivering the latest Patch Tuesday updates, the company delivered Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter (MVMC) 2.0, a stand-alone tool that converts VMware-based virtual disks and VMs to Hyper-V-based virtual hard disks and VMs.

In a post on the Server and Cloud blog, Microsoft said the freely available download includes a number of new and updated features. One new feature, on-premises VM to Azure VM conversion, can migrate VMware VMs to Azure. The company also included a PowerShell interface to help admins automate migrations with workflow tools such as System Center Orchestrator.

Features added to MVMC 2.0 include support for VMware virtual hardware, additional support for ESX(i) 5.5 and vCenter as well as Linux Guest OS migration. The Linux Guest OS migration includes support for Ubuntu, Oracle, Red Hat Enterprise, SuSE enterprise, Debian and CentOS.

The release of MVMC 2.0 offers enterprises a simple and low-cost conversion option, something that’s become more important in recent years, Microsoft said. The tool can be downloaded here.

Microsoft also said customers can expect to see MVMC 3.0 this fall. That version will include P2V machine conversion for supported Windows versions.

What do you think of the MVMC 2.0 release? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter @SearchWinServer.

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