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HOW TO:  P2V, V2V for FREE to Hyper-V -  Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter 3.1

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
MVE^2, Expert of the Year 2017-2011, Scribe 2016-2012, Author of the Year 2017-6,2013-2012 VMware vExpert 2018-2011 27 years of experience.
If you need to complete a Physical to Virtual (P2V), Virtual to Virtual (V2V) conversion, or migrate a VMware virtual machine and disk to a Microsoft product (e.g. Hyper-V or Windows Azure) for FREE, then there is some good news...

Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter 3.1 (MVMC 3.1) was released on 13 October 2014, and this latest version has new support for the following:
 The 3.1 release of MVMC adds the ability to convert a physical computer running Windows Server 2008 or above server operating systems or Windows Vista or above client operating systems to a virtual machine running on Hyper-V host.

mvmc31-3.jpgStandard Features
 Provides Windows PowerShell capability.
 Supports V2V conversions and of Linux-based guest operating systems from VMware hosts to Hyper-V hosts.
 Supports conversion of cold and powered off VMware virtual machines.
 Supports for the new virtual hard disk format (VHDX) when converting VMware virtual machines to Hyper-V in Windows Server® 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2012.
 Supports conversion of virtual machines from VMware vSphere 5.5, VMware vSphere 5.1, and VMware vSphere 4.1 hosts Hyper-V virtual machines.
 Supports Windows Server® 2012 R2, Windows Server® 2012, and Windows® 8 as guest operating systems that you can select for conversion.
Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter 3.1 (MVMC 3.1) also fixes numerous issues with crashing and conversion issues when converting virtual to virtual computers to Microsoft Hyper-V.

Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter 3.1 
Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter Admin Guide 3.1
Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter 2.0 Powershell commandlets

I highly recommend the use of Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter 3.1 (MVMC 3.1)  to migrate and convert Physical or VMware virtual machines to Hyper-V or Windows Azure, rather than the following older legacy conversion tools that have been used previously.

Disk2vhd v2.01
StarWind V2V Converter
5nine V2V Easy Converter 3.0

if you require a fully automated product that can migrate a VMware Virtual Machine to Microsoft Hyper-V with limited downtime, I would highly recommend Double-Take MOVE

See my Experts Exchange Article: HOW TO: Migrate physical, virtual and cloud based workloads with real-time replication to VMware vSphere (ESXi) using Double-Take MOVE

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by:Network Man

Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter 3.1 is able to support conversion to Generation 2 VM ???

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