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SCVMM 2012 SP1 - connecting to ESXi host (without vCenter Server)

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Is it possible (and how) to connect ESXi host to SCVMM 2012 SP1 without vCenter Server? I want to convert vSphere 5.1 VMs to Hyper-V this way. Or is it possible (and how) to convert offline vSphere VMs to Hyper-V VMs (by using VM files instead to connecting to ESXi host / vCenter Server)?

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use, StarWind V2V Converter, to convert VMDK to VHD
http://www.starwindsoftware.com/converter

Copy vmdk to Windows, run the conversion, add the VHD to a Virtual Machine in Hyper-V, done.
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No offense, but it is not the answer. In this question I was asking for a way to do conversion with SCVMM 2012 SP1, not by using third party tools.
But never mind, I've found the solution meanwhile.
Thanks anyway.
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So, I've found the solution meanwhile, and I want to share it here.
You can convert vSphere VMs offline with SCVMM 2012 SP1 by following this steps:
Copy VM's files into SCVMM's library. In my case library is at the default location: \\servername\MSSCVMMLibrary, so the ESXi VM's files will reside in \\serverrname\MSSCVMMLibrary\VMNAME
Refresh the library by right-clicking library server in SCVMM console and selecting Refresh
Convert in the same way you would if vCenter is connected - Go to VMs and Services, Home tab, Create Virtual Machine -> Convert Virtual Machine, and by following the wizard.

I hope it'll help.
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It provides clear and simple procedure to accomplish requested task.
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The question should not be canceled. It's real life question, and it is answered. I don't need any points of course, but the answer should be visible to others, because it is very helpful time-saver.
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I've requested that this question be closed as follows:

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It's great to be able to convert VMs by using SCVMM even if vCenter is inaccessible (for example when migrating not just virtualization provider but datacenter also...)
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you also say in the question:-

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is it possible (and how) to convert offline vSphere VMs to Hyper-V VMs (by using VM files instead to connecting to ESXi host / vCenter Server)?

http:#a38784595 is the solution.
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