Free tool to convert VMware-based virtual machines and disks to Hyper-V based virtual machines and disks

Free tool to convert VMware-based virtual machines and disks to Hyper-V based virtual machines and disks

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wrenchThe Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter (MVMC) Solution Accelerator is a Microsoft-supported, stand-alone solution for the IT pro or solution provider who wants to convert VMware-based virtual machines and disks to Hyper-V®-based virtual machines and disks.

MVMC provides the following features:

  • Converts and deploys virtual machines from VMware hosts to Hyper-V hosts including Hyper-V on Windows Server® 2012. As part of the machine conversion MVMC converts the virtual disks attached to the source virtual machine. It also migrates configuration such as memory, virtual processor and so on from the source virtual machine to the converted virtual machine deployed on Hyper-V. It adds virtual network interface cards (NICs) to the converted virtual machine on Hyper-V.
  • Converts VMware virtual disks to Hyper-V based virtual hard disks (VHDs).
  • Supports conversion of virtual machines from VMware vSphere 4.1 and 5.0 hosts to Hyper-V.
    • Note MVMC also supports conversion of virtual machines from 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 to convert virtual machines on vSphere 4.0.
  • Offers fully scriptable command-line interfaces for performing virtual machine and disk conversions that integrates well with data center automation workflows and Windows PowerShell scripts.
  • Has a wizard-driven GUI, making it simple to perform virtual machine conversion.
  • Uninstalls VMware tools prior to conversion to provide a clean way to migrate VMware-based virtual machines to Hyper-V.
  • Supports Windows Server guest operating system conversion, including Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2003 SP2.
  • Enables conversion of Windows® client versions including Windows 7.
  • Installs integration services on the converted virtual machine if the guest operating system is Windows Server 2003 SP2.

For all the details and a download link please see the following:

J.C. Hornbeck | Knowledge Engineer | Management and Security Division

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  • I've tried MVMC and the conversion tool in SCVMM and they're both really slow. It took around 3 hours for the V2V conversion of a 30GB VM. What I ended up doing is the following:

    1) Download the vmdks using the vSphere Client by browsing the data store

    2) Convert from vmdk to vhd using StarWind V2V Image Converter

    3) Convert from vhd to vhdx by using the convert-vhd cmdlet

    4) Recreate the VM in Hyper-v and mount the disk

    Using that procedure the same conversion takes about 20-30 minutes depending on the resources available.

  • I'm using a desktop E6300 Dual Core 2.8Ghz with esxi 5.0, and an i5-2500 3.3Ghz workstation running vSphere/MVMC.  MVMC took right at 3 hours to download a 120GB (57GB used) Server 2003 on a gigabyte network and 2.75 hours to convert it.  I don't know how long it took to upload to hyper-v because it is still working on it ....  It does seem really slow.  Too slow.  Uselessly slow.  It is as if the tool exists to be able to claim that one can automatically convert from esxi to hyper-v but in practice I doubt I would ever use it (I'm evaluating, so want to see it run all the way through).   I've done a few clonezillas (backup from esxi to usb drive, restore to hyper-v from usb drive) and I'm pretty sure it was done in under an hour.  It would be nice to have a fully automated solution, however.  I just don't think MVMC is there yet.

  • Funny, but although the tool supports Hyper-V 2012 hosts, it doesn't support Windows Server 2012 guests :)

    And it doesn't supports vSphere 5.1 hosts.

    Is there any other reliable tool for converting vSphere 5.1 to Hyper-V 2012?


  • Any update about ESXI 5.1?

    I found this procedure from System Center 2012 SP1... And ESXI 5.1 is supported.  May be this tools will be update soon?

  • Mathieu Isabel + 100 :-)

    Awesome advice. This is by far the easiest and fastest route to a vhdx. My system converted the 40GB vmdk in less than 2 minutes, Hyper-V manager took 5 minutes to convert from vhd to vhdx.

    Many thanks,


  • Unfortunately this tool only supports the conversion of Windows guest VMs. What are the chances of MS adding support for converting Linux guests in the future? It would be great to have an easy and reliable way to convert downloadable Linux-based VMWare appliance VMs.