Moving virtual machines from VMware to Hyper-V with SCVMM and MVMC

Jason Helmick

How do I move virtual machines from VMware to Hyper-V?

As IT pros look for a cost-effective approach to virtualization, many find themselves trying new solutions like Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2012 and Hyper-V version 3. Often the goal is not to replace the existing VMware implementation, but simply to provide a cost-effective alternative -- many times for non-mission-critical VMs. At some point in this process, you will want to move some of your VMs from VMware to Hyper-V. I'm going to get you started with two simple methods of accomplishing that goal using SCVMM 2012 or the Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter.

VMware to Hyper-V with SCVMM

If you have SCVMM 2012, you already have the tools at hand to successfully convert any VM from VMware ESX/ESXi (v3.5 to v5.1) to Hyper-V. The graphical VMM management tool will guide you through the process and perform the conversion for you.

Fig 1: Make sure to add VMware vCenter to your fabric

Start by making sure that VMware vCenter is a part of your fabric by selecting Fabric Resources, Add Resource, VMware vCenter Server, as in Figure 1, and filling out the remaining wizard.

Fig. 2: SCVMM makes converting VMs from VMware to Hyper-V easy

Now that you have access to VMware from the VMM management tools, you can convert a VMware VM by selecting Create Virtual Machine, Convert Virtual Machine, as in Figure 2, and filling out the remaining wizard to locate and convert the VM.

I once wasn't permitted to add VMware to the SCVMM fabric but needed to move a VMware VM for testing. To get around this issue, I just converted the VM using the Convert Physical Machine option and it worked!

Standalone VMware to Hyper-V converter

What if you don't have SCVMM 2012 and you just want to move a VM from VMware to Hyper-V for low-cost testing? Microsoft has a standalone Microsoft Solution Accelerator -- the Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter (MVMC). This product includes a command-line conversion tool and all the documentation you need to easily convert multiple VMware VMs to run under Hyper-V.

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