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As a follow-up to Part 1 on March 8, Microsoft has released version 2 of its Virtual Machine Migration Toolkit in the Hyper-V Switch Program.
Version 2 makes it easier and faster to migrate virtual machines to the Hyper-V platform.
Hyper-V Switch and the Virtual Machine Migration Toolkit is now available in the US, Canada, UK, Australia and Germany when using a Microsoft partner to deliver it or Worldwide when using Microsoft Services to deliver it.
Since the first blog post, we have been busy migrating over 500 VMs at some of our “pilot” customers and adjusting the processes and toolkit to account for our experience. These learnings made up part of version 2 and will also continue to shape the solution. We anticipate migrating another 500 VMs in the next month leading up to a “louder” announcement of the Hyper-V Switch program at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in July.
Our initial testing suggests that the Virtual Machine Migration Toolkit can migrate both Windows Server “8” Guest VMs to the Hyper-V platform as well as other operating systems to a Windows Server “8” Host running Hyper-V. Since Windows Server “8” is still a beta operating system, we cannot officially support it yet, but testing shows that it should work with the toolkit. (Note, Virtual Machine Manager 2012 SP1 CTP is required to manage Windows Server “8” Hyper-V hosts).
Michael Lubanski US Private Cloud Center of Excellence Lead Microsoft Services email@example.com
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