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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: Free Training—Microsoft Tools for VMware Integration and Migration

    The IT Pro Evangelism team, Microsoft Learning and the Microsoft Virtual Academy are pleased to announce the next Jump Start course Microsoft Tools for VMware Integration & Migration on Thursday, March 14 th from 8am – 12pm PST .  This is a live, public, free, online event so ask your customers...
  • Blog Post: The Top 10 Reasons You Should Attend our Sessions at MMS 2013!

    Trying to decide which sessions to attend at the 2013 Microsoft Management Summit ?  There are a lot of great options this year, and here are ten reasons we think you should check out the sessions hosted by the authors of the Building Clouds blog… You’ll get to learn all about the Fundamentals of...
  • Blog Post: Cloud OS Video Series 4–Enabling Chargeback in System Center

    The Cloud OS Video series is a collection of videos that help you understand the technology, deployment, and management of the Cloud OS leveraging Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 SP1. Each video is designed to be less than 10 minutes and cover a specific topic. These allows you to target your...
  • Blog Post: Cloud OS Video Series 3-Creating Service Templates using VMware VMDKs

    The Cloud OS Video series is a collection of videos that help you understand the technology, deployment, and management of the Cloud OS leveraging Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 SP1. Each video is designed to be less than 10 minutes and cover a specific topic. These allows you to target your...
  • Blog Post: MAT (powered by Project Shift)

    Can’t we convert faster? The most common complaint I hear when working with customers who are converting VMs from a VMware platform is that it’s slow. Now for many customers technologies like MVMC or SCV2V are great. They are easy to use and provide relatively quick results. These customers have some...
  • Blog Post: Cloud OS Video Series 2–VMware Integration

    The Cloud OS Video series is a collection of videos that help you understand the technology, deployment, and management of the Cloud OS leveraging Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 SP1. Each video is designed to be less than 10 minutes and cover a specific topic. These allows you to target your...
  • 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 (Powered by Project Shift) Part 2 – Networking

    Welcome to the next installment of the MAT4Shift blog series. As a reference, the first article is linked up below. In part 2 of this series we are taking a deep dive in to how and why we perform migration of network settings when moving the VMs between platforms. MAT (powered by Project Shift...
  • 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: MAT-Architecture Overview

    I’ve been getting questions about the overall architecture of MAT and then specifically how the PowerShell functions work together. Of course, it’s all right there in the scripts, but it would probably take you a while to sort through the 2,000 or so lines of code. So in the spirit of trying...
  • Blog Post: Introduction to Hyper-V and Microsoft Virtualization for VMware Pros–Free Classes

    FREE is second only to winning the lottery or the trifecta. And free IT training can be worth its weight in Gold. That’s why I wanted to tell you about some new free training our private cloud colleagues have put together and will be delivering this week. There are two new classes that will be delivered...
  • Blog Post: August 2013 was Automation Month at the Building Clouds Blog!

    Augomation? Autogust? Augustomania? Whatever you call it, with 16 Automation Track / Automation Track adjacent posts , it was Automation’s month to shine. You may have not even realized it – heck, I don’t think we did... The Posts… If you have been keeping up, fantastic...
  • Blog Post: Switch to Hyper-V with the Hyper-V Switch Program – Part 1 by Michael Lubanski

    Switch to Hyper-V with the Hyper-V Switch Program – Part 1 By Michael Lubanski If you are thinking about travelling down the road to the Microsoft Private Cloud, one of the challenges you might face is how to migrate your virtual machines from your current VMware platform to a Hyper-V platform. Sure...