Migrate virtual machines from a VMware environment to Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 using a free, simple, standalone tool

Migrate virtual machines from a VMware environment to Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 using a free, simple, standalone tool

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Windows Server 2012 is generally available for evaluation and purchase by all customers around the world. Additionally, there is great news for organizations that are looking for a way to migrate virtual machines hosted on VMware vSphere to the Hyper-V host in Windows Server 2012. The production (RTW) version of the Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter (MVMC) and the Beta version of the VMware console plugin version are both available to download. We extend a huge thank you to our beta participants who have taken the time to evaluate the pre-release versions of the tools and provided us with extremely valuable feedback. MVMC is one resource available as part of the Switch to Hyper-V program announced at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference earlier this year. The Switch to Hyper-V program helps partners and customers go beyond virtualization to true cloud computing by providing guidance, resources, and tools that take the risk out of virtual migrations, reduce the time and effort required, and define best practices.

Click on the links provided below to download MVMC and the MVMC Plug-In for vSphere Client

In case you haven’t had a chance to evaluate the pre-release versions of these tools, MVMC provides a Microsoft-supported, freely available, standalone solution and a VMware console plugin solution. In each case, it converts VMware virtual machines (VMs) and VMware virtual disks (VMDKs) to Hyper-V virtual machines and Hyper-V virtual hard disks (VHDs). The virtual machine conversion capability can be invoked through a graphical user interface (GUI) or a command- line interface. The wizard-driven GUI has all of 5 simple screens where user input is required and you are ready to convert a virtual machine from vSphere to Hyper-V. It doesn’t get more simple than that!

MVMC converts VMware virtual machines created with:

  • VMware vSphere 4.1
  • VMware vSphere 5.0
  • 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 for virtual machines on vSphere 4.0 to be converted.

To virtual machines for:

  • Windows Server® 2012 Hyper-V
  • Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Hyper-V
  • Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 SP1

Hope you have a great experience using MVMC.

Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter Team 

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  • I did not have a great experience using MVMC.

  • Is there any other tool out there that can help us to migrate windows xp on vmware to hyper-v 2012?

  • If you are getting  "no suitable drive was found at path...", then you are missing the 1KB file in the same folder without the "-flat" name. This file contains the "disk descriptor info" + "extent description" + the "disk geometry data" that is crucial for the conversion.

  • Hi every one

    I am trying to convert using this tool but i receive below error:

    Could not accurately determine the hard drive mapping

    Any idea?

  • Will not convert a Server 2012 VM.

  • This tool is outdated and does not work on Hyper-V 2012 R2...

    When will it be updated with support of Hyper-V 2012 R2 host?

    Gives an seemingly random error saying "Unable to contact Hyper-V host machine. Make sure that the host is online and the credentials are valid.".

    Alternatives found after a quick Google serach are "5nine EasyConverter Free".