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HOW TO:  P2V, V2V for FREE - VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.5

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HOW TO:  P2V, V2V for FREE - VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.5

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, then there is some good news...

VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.5 was released on 22 October 2013, and this latest version has new support for the following:-

Support for virtual machine hardware version 10

62TB disks, virtual SATA controllers, etc.
Support for RedHat KVM virtual machines as a source
A new option for selecting the network adapter for the target virtual machine
Support for additional guest operating systems
 Parallel disk conversions
Virtual SAN support

Also fixes numerous issues with crashing and conversion issues, when converting physical or virtual computers to VMware vSphere vCenter Server 5.5 and VMware Hypervisor ESXi 5.5.

VMware vCenter Converter Standalone v5.5
VMware vCenter Converter Standalone v5.5
While I would recommend and use VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.5, there are other commercial products that do exist, and I have used.

If you have a large estate of physical machines to migrate, these products have a scheduler and can perform automated workflows, but these are commercial products and not FREE like VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.5

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 v5.5.

if you have recently upgraded to vSphere vCenter Server 5.5, 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 5.5 for your conversions.

and if you do use VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.5, 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 5.5 here
VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.5 Documentation
VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.5 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

Some Videos I've develeoped for Experts Exchange members to show the VMware vCenter Converter process.

A Tutorial video by me:- Restore a Virtual Machine using the FREE VMware vCenter Converter to VMware vSphere 4.x, 5.0 ESXi 4.x, ESXi 5.0, ESX 4.0

A Tutorial video by me:- Backup VMware vSphere 4.x, 5.0 ESXi 4.x, ESXi 5.0, ESX 4.0 for FREE using VMware vCenter Converter

A Tutorial video by me:- VMware vCenter Converter Standalone Process at work

A Tutorial video by me:- VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.0 Convert monolithic sparse to monolithic flat for use with VMware vSphere 4.x 5.0 ESXi 4.x 5.0

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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
Mark

Thanks for your kind words, if I had more time, I would produce Virtualisation articles daily, but Consultancy get's in the way!!!

Andy
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by:prana1984
totally wrong answer if i stop ventre services how to mapp

wrong answer
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by:Peter Wilson
Where do you download "VMware vCenter Converter Standalone version 3.0.3 or 4.0" for server 2003r2 servers?

thx.
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Simplifying Server Workload Migrations

This use case outlines the migration challenges that organizations face and how the Acronis AnyData Engine supports physical-to-physical (P2P), physical-to-virtual (P2V), virtual to physical (V2P), and cross-virtual (V2V) migration scenarios to address these challenges.

 
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
No longer available at VMware, therefore Google.
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by:Peter Wilson
What would happen if I used VMware vCenter Converter Standalone version 5.5 to convert a 2003r2 server?

What version of VMware vCenter Converter Standalone do I need for 2008r2?

thx.
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
It may not function as expected, or fail.

5.5 - 2008 R2 or later.
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by:Peter Wilson
Thx.
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by:Peter Wilson
Hi Andrew,

If I follow this guide will users be able to access the physical server during the p2v migration? in other words is this a hot migration?

thx.
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
@Peter

If the server in on it's a HOT migration!

Yes. you will be able to access.

Any further questions on the P2V process, please post a new question to the VMware Topic Area.

Andy
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by:Pam5
Hi Andy,

I have, in the past found your articles very helpful, however, this one, I'm not so sure. Reading the comments, I have a lot of those same questions, and asking to create a new question on the Experts Exchange page doesn't really seem to be helpful, since the questions are directly related to your article.

Also, I went to the link to your Andy's world site to see the new "HD videos" created by you, to see if I could get some answers there, however, there didn't seem to be any videos. Just more links to go around in circles to find more HD videos that aren't there.

Still not sure how to shrink my OpenSuse 11.4 VM. :-(
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
Thanks for reading my Articles.

This is not the latest article on VMware Converter, and is now over three years old, and was originally written to draw attention to VMware Converter 5.5, and it's features. It's not really a article, which shows HOWTO use it, I have other articles for that.

The latest version is now 6.11

I have written many more P2V based articles, using VMware Converter and also different software which has been developed which I believe is better than the free version of VMware Converter.

The videos were also created many years ago for vSphere 4.1, which is out of support today.

What question do you have which relates to this article ?

I don't see any questions above, which have not been answered, by posting a Question on Experts Exchange allows more Experts to participate on your issue, than would see here, posted at the end of this Article, hidden away. (other than by me, or other's which have made comments.).

If you question is How to Shrink your OpenSuse 11.4 VM, this is really a question for Experts, as requires a lot of technically information and help.

If it was How to Shrink a Windows VM, I have that covered here

[url="http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/VMWare/A_14299.html"]Part 13: HOW TO: Shrink or Reduce a VMware Virtual Machine Disk (VMDK) using VMware vCenter Converter Standalone v5.5.2[/url]

but I've not written a Linux based Article, because all distributions are different.
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by:Pam5
Sorry for the late response...thank you for your reply...I will find the linux experts to assist with my issue.

I enjoy your articles very much and have learned a lot from you and the experts here. Thank you for taking the time to write these articles and how to's we all like to use.

Pam
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