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Migrating Hyper-V to VMWare

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Hi,

  I have a couple Hyper-V servers (Windows 2012 Std.) with several VMs - SBS2011 as DC, W2008R2, Win7 Pros, Win XP Pros.
 Having experienced Hyper-V, I really don't like it. I wanted to try, but just don't like it as much as VMWare.

  Having said that, What is the best/simplest way to move all these VMs from Microsoft HyperV to VMWare ESXi V5.5?
 If there is no other option, I guess I will have to create each VM from the scratch, but that will take days.

 In both cases, I need to keep the same hardware (server box) because they are fairly new.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 2000 total points
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It's much easier than re-create the VM, just complete a V2V....

The easiest method is to use "VMware Converter" 5.5.

It's supported, and there is even a Hyper-V option, you will have to ensure the VMs are OFF.

"VMware Converter" is a freebie

see my EE Articles

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

HOW TO: FAQ VMware P2V Troubleshooting

see screenshot

VMware Converter from Hyper-V to VMware
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by:sglee
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@Andrew,

  Recently I used "VMware Converter 5.5" to create VMs from standalone installation of Windows 2008 Server, SBS2011, Windows 2003 computers. It is a wonderful tool.
  It is a great way of keeping "Backup Copy of mission critical servers" because in case of hardware failures of these standalone computers, I can start these VMs and simply restore files/folders from overnight backup.

 Since I have to keep the same hardware box and migrate VMs from HyperV to VMWare, I don't know how to utilize VMware Converter. I will read upon the link above.
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
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Install VMware Converter on the Hyper-V Server, start it on the server, select Hyper-V, login, pick a VM, follow the wizard....

done.
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by:sglee
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"Install VMware Converter on the Hyper-V Server, start it on the server, select Hyper-V, login, pick a VM, follow the wizard..." ---> this method is based on the assumption that there is a separate VMware box right?
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
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Yes, because you are Migrating from Hyper-V to VMware !

you only have a SINGLE SERVER ?

If you only have a single server, you will need to install Converter on each VM, and Convert to an Offline file, on your Windows Share, External USB, and then rebuild your Hyper-V Server to ESXi, and then use VMware Converer again, to "Import" into ESXi.

Do you not have any "swing kit" loan ESXi server ?
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by:sglee
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Correct. These servers are fairly new - < 2 years old.
I thought Hyper-V would be good, but then I like VMware better. So I like to somehow backup VMs in Hyper-V server to something and restore VMs to new ESXi Host.
Now I can set up a VMWare w/ ESXi V5.5 on a temporary basis if that helps.
But I need to keep & use existing server box at the end of the day.
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
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Setup a temp ESXi box, for migration much quicker.
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by:sglee
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Does you mean:
(1) Using Converter, move VMs in Hyper-V to Temp ESX box first.
(2) Install ESX on the same server box.
(3) Move VMs in Temp ESX box to newly created ESX server using Converter?
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
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That's correct.

3) You could use Migrate!

(download trial vCenter Server!)

or V2V again...
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Do you have published article on "Migrate"?
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Thanks. I will read upon it.
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