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Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter 2.0

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Microsoft® Virtual Machine Converter (MVMC) is a Microsoft-supported, stand-alone solution for the information technology (IT) pro or solution provider who wants to convert virtual machines and disks from VMware hosts to Hyper-V® hosts and Windows Azure™.
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    Version:
    Date Published:

    2.0

    4/8/2014

    File name:
    File size:

    Microsoft_Virtual_Machine_Converter_Admin_Guide_2_0.docx

    624 KB

    MVMC_cmdlets.doc

    322 KB

    mvmc_setup.msi

    2.5 MB

      Microsoft® Virtual Machine Converter (MVMC) is a Microsoft-supported, stand-alone solution for the information technology (IT) pro or solution provider who wants to convert virtual machines and disks from VMware hosts to Hyper-V® hosts and Windows Azure™.

      MVMC can be deployed with minimal dependencies. Because MVMC provides native support for Windows PowerShell®, it enables scripting and integration with data center automation workflows such as those authored and run within Microsoft System Center Orchestrator 2012 R2. It can also be invoked through the Windows PowerShell® command-line interface. The solution is simple to download, install, and use. In addition to the Windows PowerShell capability, MVMC provides a wizard-driven GUI to facilitate virtual machine conversion.

      New Features in MVMC 2.0
      MVMC 2.0 release of MVMC includes the following new features:
      • Converts virtual disks that are attached to a VMware virtual machine to virtual hard disks (VHDs) that can be uploaded to Windows Azure.
      • Provides native Windows PowerShell capability that enables scripting and integration into IT automation workflows.
        Note The command-line interface (CLI) in MVMC 1.0 has been replaced by Windows PowerShell in MVMC 2.0.
      • Supports conversion and provisioning of Linux-based guest operating systems from VMware hosts to Hyper-V hosts.
      • Supports conversion of offline virtual machines.
      • Supports the new virtual hard disk format (VHDX) when converting and provisioning in Hyper-V in Windows Server® 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2012.
      • Supports conversion of virtual machines from VMware vSphere 5.5, VMware vSphere 5.1, and VMware vSphere 4.1 hosts Hyper-V virtual machines.
      • Supports Windows Server® 2012 R2, Windows Server® 2012, and Windows® 8 as guest operating systems that you can select for conversion.
      Standard MVMC Features
      In addition to the new features previously identified, MVMC provides the following functionality:
      • Converts and deploys virtual machines from VMware hosts to Hyper-V hosts on any of the following operating systems:
      • Windows Server® 2012 R2
      • Windows Server® 2012
      • Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
      • Converts VMware virtual machines, virtual disks, and configurations for memory, virtual processor, and other virtual computing resources from the source to Hyper-V.
      • Adds virtual network interface cards (NICs) to the converted virtual machine on Hyper-V.
      • Supports conversion of virtual machines from VMware vSphere 5.5, VMware vSphere 5.0, and VMware vSphere 4.1 hosts to Hyper-V.
      • Has a wizard-driven GUI, which simplifies performing virtual machine conversions.
      • Uninstalls VMware Tools before online conversion (online only) to provide a clean way to migrate VMware-based virtual machines to Hyper-V.
        Important MVMC takes a snapshot of the virtual machine that you are converting before you uninstall VMware Tools, and then shuts down the source machine to preserve state during conversion. The virtual machine is restored to its previous state after the source disks that are attached to the virtual machine are successfully copied to the machine where the conversion process is run. At that point, the source machine in VMware can be turned on, if required.
        Important MVMC does not uninstall VMware Tools in an offline conversion. Instead, it disables VMware services, drivers, and programs only for Windows Server guest operating systems. For file conversions with Linux guest operating systems, VMware Tools are not disabled or uninstalled. We highly recommend that you manually uninstall VMware Tools when you convert an offline virtual machine.
      • Supports Windows Server and Linux guest operating system conversion. For more details, see the section “Supported Configurations for Virtual Machine Conversion” in this guide.
      • Includes Windows PowerShell capability for offline conversions of VMware-based virtual hard disks (VMDK) to a Hyper-V–based virtual hard disk file format (.vhd file).
        Note The offline disk conversion does not include driver fixes.
  • System Requirements

    Supported Operating System

    Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2

      Before you install Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter (MVMC), you must install the following software on the computer on which you want to run MVMC:
      • Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012, or Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 operating systems
      • Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 and .NET Framework 4 if you install MVMC on Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
      • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 if you install MVMC on Windows Server 2012 [A1] or Windows 8.
        Note Although MVMC installs on all of these versions, using the Windows PowerShell cmdlets that are released as part of MVMC requires Windows PowerShell Runtime 3.0, as the cmdlets function only on Windows Server 2012 [A2] and above or Windows 8.
      • Visual C++® Redistributable for Visual Studio® 2012 Update 1
  • Install Instructions

      To install MVMC
      1. Download the Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter Solution Accelerator MSI to your local machine.
      2. Run the MSI.
      3. Enter a location where you want to install MVMC or use the default location and continue with the installation.
      Important The account executing the setup must be the local administrator on the machine.

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