Microsoft Releases Virtual Machine Converter 3.0
Microsoft's Virtual Machine Converter (MVMC )3.0, made available for download Monday, has brought back the ability to do physical-to-virtual (P2V) conversions. Microsoft brought back the feature after strong customer reaction when that capability was pulled from version 2.
When it released version 2 in April, P2V was dropped in favor of virtual-to-virtual (V2V)-only conversions. Although version 2 added a lot of features, like support for support for VMware vCenter and ESXi version 5.5, along with expanded Linux guest OS support and a PowerShell interface, what Microsoft took away may have been noticed more than what was added.
Physical servers that can be converted as part of the P2V process go back as far as Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, and Windows Vista on the client side.
MVMC 3.0 is a stand-alone tool that Microsoft touts as a way to convert VMware virtual machines (VMs) to Hyper-V hosts. It converts virtual disks that are attached to a VMware virtual machine to virtual hard disks (VHDs) that can be uploaded to Microsoft Azure. It can convert VMware VMs back to vSphere 4.1.
Keith Ward is the editor in chief of Virtualization & Cloud Review. Follow him on Twitter @VirtReviewKeith.