Free, simple, standalone tool to migrate vms from a VMware environment to Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012

With Windows Server 2012 RTM version available for all customers around the world, there is great news for organizations that are looking for a way to migrate virtual machines hosted on VMware vSphere to the Hyper-V host in Windows Server 2012. The production (RTW) version of the Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter (MVMC) and the Beta version of the VMware console plugin version are both available to download. MVMC is one resource available as part of the Switch to Hyper-V program announced at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference earlier this year. The Switch to Hyper-V program helps partners and customers go beyond virtualization to true cloud computing by providing guidance, resources, and tools that take the risk out of virtual migrations, reduce the time and effort required, and define best practices.

Click on the links provided below to download MVMC and the MVMC Plug-In for vSphere Client

The MVMC provides a Microsoft-supported, freely available, standalone solution and a VMware console plugin solution. In each case, it converts VMware virtual machines (VMs) and VMware virtual disks (VMDKs) to Hyper-V virtual machines and Hyper-V virtual hard disks (VHDs). The virtual machine conversion capability can be invoked through a graphical user interface (GUI) or a command- line interface. The wizard-driven GUI has all of 5 simple screens where user input is required and you are ready to convert a virtual machine from vSphere to Hyper-V. It doesn’t get more simple than that!
MVMC converts VMware virtual machines created with:

  • VMware vSphere 4.1
  • VMware vSphere 5.0
  • VMware vSphere 4.0      if the host is managed by vCenter 4.1 or vCenter 5.0. You have to connect      to vCenter 4.1 or 5.0 through MVMC for virtual machines on vSphere 4.0 to      be converted.

To virtual machines for:

  • Windows Server 2012      Hyper-V
  • Microsoft Hyper-V      Server 2012
  • Windows Server 2008      R2 SP1 Hyper-V
  • Microsoft Hyper-V      Server 2008 R2 SP1

Written by Marcos Nogueira

Marcos Nogueira

With more than 18 years experience in Datacenter Architectures, Marcos Nogueira is currently working as a Principal Cloud Solution Architect. He is an expert in Private and Hybrid Cloud, with a focus on Microsoft Azure, Virtualization and System Center. He has worked in several industries, including Aerospace, Transportation, Energy, Manufacturing, Financial Services, Government, Health Care, Telecoms, IT Services, and Gas & Oil in different countries and continents.

Marcos was a Canadian MVP in System Center Cloud & Datacenter Managenment and he has +14 years as Microsoft Certified, with more than 100+ certifications (MCT, MCSE, and MCITP, among others). Marcos is also certified in VMware, CompTIA and ITIL v3. He assisted Microsoft in the development of workshops and special events on Private & Hybrid Cloud, Azure, System Center, Windows Server, Hyper-V and as a speaker at several Microsoft TechEd/Ignite and communities events around the world.

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