HOW TO:  P2V, V2V for FREE - VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 6.1

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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 to a VMware product (VMware Workstation, Player or VMware vSphere (ESXi) ) for FREE, then there is some good news...

VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 6.1 was released on the 19 January 2016, and this latest version has new support for the following:-


  • Support for additional guest operating systems: Windows 10, Ubuntu 15.
  • Offline conversions for HyperV 2012 R2 virtual machines.
  • SSH key based authentication for the Linux sources during conversion.
  • Support for VMware Workstation 12.

Also fixes numerous issues with crashing and conversion issues, when converting physical or virtual computers to VMware vSphere vCenter Server 6.0 Update 1 and VMware Hypervisor ESXi 6.0 Update 1.

Please note the following, as with all releases of VMware vCenter Converter Standalone, when a operating system vendor discontinues an Operating System, VMware also removes the support from VMware vCenter Converter Standalone. With the release of VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 6.0, Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP3 (32-bit and 64-bit) support has been removed, the last version that supported Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP3 (32-bit and 64-bit) was VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.5.3.

Microsoft Windows Server 2003 support ended on July 14, 2015, because of the need to migrate these physical servers to VMware vSphere (ESXi), I am noticing more Experts Exchange questions on How To P2V Microsoft Windows Server 2003?

VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 6.1 does not have support to P2V a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 server.  VMware or Windows Server 2003 R2 SP2 (32-bit and 64-bit).

Microsoft Windows Server 2003 SP2 (32-bit and 64-bit) support  was removed from  VMware vCenter Converter Standalone, after VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.0, and support for Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 SP6 and Microsoft Windows 2000 SP4 was removed after VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 4.0.1. See the following table


VMware-vCenter-Converter-Standalone-.jpgVMware vCenter Converter Standalone 6.1 is a free product, but it does have some limitations, P2V and V2V have to be conducted manually, also you may find some conversions troublesome and difficult.

If you have a budget for P2V/V2V software, there are other commercial products that do exist, and we have used, which you may want to investigate.

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 6.1.

The products are listed below:-








If the operating system is Windows 2000 or Windows NT 4.0, select VMware vCenter Converter Standalone version 4.0.1. for Windows 2003, use 5.5.3. Support for legacy operating systems have been removed from v6.1. 

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 6.1 for your conversions.

And if you do use VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 6.1, and you want to make your transfers 60% faster there is no longer the requirement, to disable SSL, which was a common modification required with VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.0

Hints and Tips can be found in my other EE Articles, which discuss Physical to Virtual conversions and VMware vCenter Converter Standalone.





VMware Product downloads here





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



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





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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
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it cannot be published?

which because the Article contains the latest features

Support for additional guest operating systems: Windows 10, Ubuntu 15.
Offline conversions for HyperV 2012 R2 virtual machines.
SSH key based authentication for the Linux sources during conversion.
Support for VMware Workstation 12.

which are available from the release notes...

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and what do I do, with content that is scroing against EE Articles, delete the original articles, so this can be published!

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