Virtual to virtual (V2V) is a term that refers to the migration of an operating system (OS), application programs and data from a virtual machine or disk partition to another virtual machine or disk partition. The target can be a single system or multiple systems. To streamline the operation, part or all of the migration can be carried out automatically by means of specialized programs known as migration tools.
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V2V can be used to copy or restore files, programs or OS components to a virtual machine from a different virtual machine. V2V migration tools can also be employed, in conjunction with physical to virtual (P2V) and virtual to physical (V2P) migration, to copy the OS and applications from a computer's hard disk to a virtual machine and from there to an unlimited number of other virtual machines or computers. Concerns have arisen about this because abuse could lead to piracy.