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Convert from esxi 5.1 to Hyper - v (2012 R2)?


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I'm going to be converting my esxi server to hyper-v. My question is what is the best way to bring my VMs over to hyper-v from esxi? I've looked at the "microsoft virtual machine converter" but it seems to be built 4 migrating when you have both an esxi and hyper-v server running at the same time I will be taking my esxi out of commission because it will be my new hyper-v server. What would be your suggestion to convert the VMs? Just take a backup in each vm and just creating fresh VMs in hyper-v and do a restore? I think system center has some type of converter but i'm not running that. My esxi server is running Server 2012, Windows 8, Windows 7, & Linux (i'm not to worried if my linux vm wont' come over though). FYI; One of the VMs is running an active directory server. I don't know if that will make it problematic or not.

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Yep its exactly what i was looking at. If you look at step 16 it seems when your doing the conversion you need a active hyper-v server as well as an active esxi server running which i will not have.

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Yep its exactly what i was looking at. If you look at step 16 it seems when your doing the conversion you need a active hyper-v server as well as an active esxi server running which i will not have.

Don't despair.  There is a command-line version of the the tool that works just one the virtual machine files.  It worked for me.   I seem to remember that it was a little hard to find the details (and I can't find them back now), but it is possible.

 

When I have a chance to look more, I will try to find it and post something back here.

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There are a bunch of software that allows you to convert HD formats, between VMware, hyper-v, XEN, KVM. I use StarWind (They have a real nice suite of tools)

http://www.starwindsoftware.com/converter

 

I hope you have a fast server, running Hyper-V (even core) takes a lot of resources and you need System Center (Expensive) to get the same functionality as V-Sphere.

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You sneaky, clever little man :D

Why, thank you. 

I mean, why do more work than you absolutely have to. And all of the tools are there, and "free". And I know a lot of the converter utils can be expensive.

And while I know this isn't a guaranteed method, it's one that we all have access to already. ;)

 

There are a bunch of software that allows you to convert HD formats, between VMware, hyper-v, XEN, KVM. I use StarWind (They have a real nice suite of tools)

http://www.starwindsoftware.com/converter

 

I hope you have a fast server, running Hyper-V (even core) takes a lot of resources and you need System Center (Expensive) to get the same functionality as V-Sphere.

I'm not really familiar with V-Sphere, but I've used HyperV Manager extensively, and that does give you pretty much complete control over the VMs. And if you're running in a domain environment (such as transitioned Essentials to Standard, or a separate HyperV box joined to Essentials), access is dead simple. What would System Center get you over HyperV Manager that you would really need to manage HyperV?

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Clones, creating images from base-images, creating DR sites, integrated analytics (performance based decisions like move VM if heavy load) - All sorts of features I realized where not in Hyper-V manager. This has improved with the 2012 R2 release but not so much.

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