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  • Blog Post: Migration Automation Toolkit next steps

    Over the last few years our team has had the opportunity to work on multiple VMware to Hyper-V migration toolkits. These community contributions were not “supported” other than being supplements to supported tools and authored in PowerShell. Any time you create an example or quick-start type solution...
  • Blog Post: MAT4Shift 1.6.2 Update

    We have published an update for MAT4Shift. While this is a minor script change, we view the update as critical and would encourage everyone to discontinue use of 1.6.1. This work came directly from community feedback, so thank you to everyone who is testing and using MAT, and sending information about...
  • Blog Post: Migration Automation Toolkit for MVMC 2.0

    Migrators, assemble! The MVMC team has published version 2.0, packed with new features, and in tandem the BCB team is releasing a new version of MAT! MVMC 2.0 MAT for MVMC 2.0 MVMC is a tool for converting VMware virtual machines to Hyper-V virtual machines. Version...
  • Blog Post: Migration - MAT4SHIFT 1.6.1 Release to Web

    Today we published the latest version of the Migration Automation Toolkit, MAT4SHIFT v1.6.1. This is largely a maintenance release but does include a few new features. If you are looking at this technology for the first time, MAT4SHIFT is a script framework/toolkit for automating migrations from VMware...
  • Blog Post: MAT4MOVE - MAT for Vision Double-Take MOVE Announced!

    Hello migration friends! I just wanted to publish a quick congratulations to Vision Double-Take for publishing the blog post below that includes an implementation of MAT for MOVE . Thanks to the engineers at Vision working on Double-Take, MOVE was already manageable using PowerShell. Adopting the MAT...
  • Blog Post: The Year in Migration 2013

    It’s that time of year when the interwebs fill up with Top 10 lists and reflections on the year that’s coming to an end (btw, Migration Mark doesn’t get ‘twerking’). In that spirit, I thought it would be good to look at the state of tools and technology around VMware to...
  • Blog Post: MAT – More is better. Multi-server conversions

    When I introduced the MAT last post, I didn’t spend much time discussing how to convert using multiple servers. So I better get to it. This post details how to configure the MAT to use multiple machines to convert at the same time (let’s call these “Helpers”). Using the MAT on...
  • Blog Post: MAT 1.5 is available (now with NIC recreation!)

    I am happy to announce that MAT 1.5 is now available. Grab your copy now:  The Migration Automation Toolkit (MAT) 1.5 brings a large number of improvements over the previous MAT and also puts the MAT and the MAT (Powered by Project Shift) at a feature parity. This means that the most asked about...
  • Blog Post: Automating VM Migration - VMM and V2V (Part 1)

    I’ve mentioned Microsoft’s two VM conversion tools before but I wanted to spend some time digging a little deeper into both. I’m starting with VMM’s V2V which has been in market (in one version or another) for a few years now. What is V2V? V2V is shorthand for System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012...
  • Blog Post: Automating VM Migration - VMM and V2V (Part 2)

    Last time we went through the basic mechanics of V2V. In this post we will roll up our virtual sleeves (lest we get ketchup on them… again) and start digging into what needs to happen to get this thing automated. NOTE: You really want to back up your VM somehow before you start any conversion. You can...
  • Blog Post: Automating VM Migration - VMM and V2V (Part 3)

    In my last post we covered some ways of removing VMware Tools from your VMs so that your conversion would go more smoothly. Next we need to tee up the conversion by getting the VMs to the VMM Library so that we can start our V2V. Getting the VM to the VMM Library Before VMM can convert the VM, it needs...
  • Blog Post: Welcome to VM Migration

    Here at Building Clouds we are all about Windows Server & System Center (WSSC). A lot of the content on this blog will concentrate on infrastructure and management, especially with respect to System Center 2012 SP1. Not my content though, not uh, no sir . Instead, I’ll be concerned with helping you...
  • Blog Post: VM Conversion or VM Migration?

    When I speak to people about moving VMs over to Hyper-V I generally use the term migrate. I actually differentiate the terms “migration” and “conversion”, at least in the context of VMs (Maybe just because I’m a former English major). Alright, so this certainly isn’t any sort of standard or official...
  • Blog Post: Types of VM Conversions (or how to swap engines in a moving car)

    I was hoping to get this post out sooner but I’ve been busy this week taking a perfectly good Surface Pro and turning it into a tablet running Windows Server 2012. Fun stuff! Not only did we install Server 2012 on a Surface Pro we decided to create a cluster of Pros and actually carry out some “Shared...
  • Blog Post: MAT 1.3.1 Update

      Just a quick post to let everyone know that MAT 1.3.1 has been posted. Every now and then we need to bring the train back into the station and grease up those axles. This version has a few minor changes but is mostly about getting the MAT 1.3 Installation and Usage Guide out there. The Guide is...