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Oct 13 2010   2:36AM GMT

VMware Converter 4.3

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VMware Converter was released Aug 20th 2010.

There are some new features and functions, yet there are some discontinued features. See below.

What’s New

The VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 4.3 includes the following new functionality:
 •Support for VMware vSphere 4.1 as source and destination targets
 •Support for importing powered-off Microsoft Hyper-V R1 and Hyper-V R2 virtual machines
 •Public API and sample code for submitting and monitoring Converter jobs
 •Support for importing Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2 sources
 •Ability to throttle the data transfer from source to destination based on network bandwidth or CPU
 •IPv6 support

 Discontinued Support
 •Support of the following operating systems is discontinued:
 ◦Windows 2000
 ◦Windows NT
 •Support for OVF format is discontinued
 •Support for VCB image sources is discontinued
 •Linux installation support is

With many people still running and wanting to convert Windows Server 2000/NT to a virtual environment, you’d best know how to convert the VM because VMware technical support will not assist you. This isn’t to say that they won’t help you for a nominal per incident fee!

Hint! When converting a Windows NT/2000/early 2003 Server, convert to a VMware Hardware v4 machine, then boot the server, install VMware tools, then upgrade the hardware, boot the server again and finalize the installation of new vHardware, reboot and you should be good to go. Also avoid LSI SAS for Windows Server 2003 and below, it just won’t work.

Read the release notes here.


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