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Hi All,

Is it possible to schedule VMWare converter?


I saw post 4 here.

After a little bit of research all I could find is a reference to VMWare Converter Enterprise here


many thanks
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ID: 38850627
Unfortunately, not any longer. You could do it with the old "plugin".

But it's no longer an option with the VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.0.

I would recommend alternatives, but these are not free.

see my EE Article which lists commercial products.

HOW TO:  P2V, V2V for FREE - VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.0
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by:detox1978
ID: 38850640
Which is the cheapest that allows scheduling?
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by:detox1978
ID: 38850643
What was the plugin called.  If I can get hold of it, does it still work?
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ID: 38850652
No, it only works with vSphere vCenter 4.0, and was part of the integrated Converter in vSphere vCenter and vSphere Client, it went end of life.
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by:detox1978
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Which is the cheapest solution?
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by:detox1978
ID: 38851331
Do VMWare have another product that can schedule the copy?
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ID: 38851381
Do VMWare have another product that can schedule the copy?

No.
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by:IanTh
ID: 38854433
according to this
http://communities.vmware.com/thread/431931
you still can get v4
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@IanTh you can still download the STANDALONE version, but the integrated version was only part of vCenter Server 4.0, which could be Scheduled as a Task.

The STANDALONE version has no command line, and cannot be scheduled!
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by:detox1978
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I noticed there is the ability to schedule the stand alone as part of the wizard.

Does anyone know if where this info is stored?
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ID: 38875554
information will be stored in the jobs, in the XML files in the Convertor folder.

are you referring to Synchronization Schedule?

see here

http://www.viktorious.nl/2012/04/06/about-the-improved-synchronize-option-in-converter-standalone-5/
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by:detox1978
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Yes the sync schedule.

Is it possible to schedule the re-sync using the info in the link you provided?
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Sync schedule is scheduling the final sync between Physical and Virtual Host, it's not scheduling the start of the process, but rather the end of the process.
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Oh, so you cant schedule the start time?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 2000 total points
ID: 38884299
Unfortunately, not, VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.0 does not support this.

If you want to schedule P2V's during out of office hours, we can highly recommend.

NETIQ Platespin Migrate
https://www.netiq.com/products/migrate/

You can specify a time to start the P2V, and you can specify a time to "cutover" to the new VM, and it will handle all the conversion, shutting down of physical and starting of Virtual automatically.

So you could start the P2V at 6.00pm, with a cutover at 12.00am, and it will complete the intial P2V, and then sync changes, once conversion has been completed between physical and virtual, and then, finally cutover/switch to virtual version at 12.00am.
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thanks
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