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HOW TO:  P2V, V2V for FREE - VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.0

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HOW TO:  P2V, V2V for FREE - VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.0

VMware vCenter Converter Standalone v5
If you need to complete a Physical to Virtual (P2V), Virtual to Virtual (V2V) conversion to a VMware product (VMware Workstation, Player or vSphere) for FREE, I would recommend and use VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.0.

other commercial products exist, which I have used, and if you have a large estate of physical machines to migrate, these products have a scheduler and can perform automated workflows, but these are commerical products and not FREE like VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.0

NETIQ Platespin Migrate

Acronis vmProtect

Storagecraft Shadow Protect

Symantec System Recovery Server Edition

If the operating system is Windows 2003, Windows 2000 or Windows NT 4.0, select and earlier version of VMware vCenter Converter Standalone version 3.0.3 or 4.0, support for early operating systems has been removed now from v5.0.

if you have recently upgraded to vSphere vCenter Server 5.0, and are looking for the Convert/Import vCenter plugin which existed with 4.x, it's now longer available, and has been removed, and you will need to use  VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.0 for your conversions.

and if you do use VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.0, and you want to make your transfers 60% faster checkout my EE article here

HOW TO: Improve the transfer rate of a Physical to Virtual (P2V), Virtual to Virtual Conversion (V2V) using VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.0

Download VMware vCenter Converter 5.0 here
VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.0 Documentation
VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.0 User Guide


If you have issues, you may want to consult the following articles and guides


Read fellow Expert Bestway's article.

Best Practice Video Guide here

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Andy - no rush - just wanted you to know that there is an actual live person on the other end of this process.

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You should consider combining all of your EE Articles and having a primer published about VMware.

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