Moving VMs from one datastore to another and to Hyper-V

I have to move 2 VMs from an older VMWare ESXi 4.1.0 and I have 1 newer VMWare ESXi 4.1.0 box as well as a 2012 R2 Hyper-V host. I have on the older box 1 Windows DC and 1 Windows file server with multiple shares.  My plan is to move the DC to the newer VMWare box and the file share to the Hyper-V.  My question is, what is the best way to move the DC between two VMWare datastores and will Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter move the file share VM properly to the Hyper-V host?
LightWireAsked:
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
As for your VMware VM - DC - I would Export and Import, see here

see my EE Article, step by step with screenshots, tutorial style

Part 10: HOW TO: Backup (Export) and Restore (Import) virtual machines to VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 for FREE

this will keep the DC "as is", with no changes.

Migrating between VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V you will need to use

Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter 3.1, see here for my EE Articles on it...

you will not have to worry, about the file shares, as the virtual machine, will be converted and migrated as a virtual machine. So it will be exactly the same on the Hyper-V host, as VMware vSphere.

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

HOW TO: Convert a physical server or virtual server (P2V/V2V) to Microsoft Hyper-V using Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter 3.1

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LightWireAuthor Commented:
Thank you, I will look over the recommendations and proceed.  Do I need or can I perform a snapshot of the VMs before I move them or will the snapshot hold on the the VMS?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Do not perform any snapshots before moving.
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LightWireAuthor Commented:
gotcha thx  I will update when done this weekend
LightWireAuthor Commented:
I was able to move the DC from VMWare to VMWare.  The issue is now that I cannot convert the VMWare VM to Hyper-V host.  According to the MVMC, ESXi 4.1 is not supported for the conversion.  The VMWare host has to be ESXi 5.1 no earlier.  Is there another avenue I can use to convert to Hyper-V?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You could use commercial tools. You could use SCVMM, which has a P2V/V2V tool.

You could try the Starwind V2V converter, to transfer and convert the VMDK to VHD.
LightWireAuthor Commented:
Do I need to export the OVF template as I did to go from VMWare to VMWare when using Starwind?  It's asking for a source image so I'm assuming that is what I will need to do.  Then convert it to VHDX.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Starwind converts a VMDK to a VHD or VHDX.

It needs access to the VMDK on Windows, so you will need to copy the VMDK file from the ESXi host to Windows OS.
LightWireAuthor Commented:
So I don't need to export the vmdk
LightWireAuthor Commented:
Cause I don't have access to the VMware host to copy the file.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
If you do not have access, you would need to use VMware Converter, install on VM, create a V2V, to "export" to a VMDK, and then convert to a VHD.
LightWireAuthor Commented:
When exporting there is a vmdk file. Do I still need the v2v converter for VMware? Sorry for all the questions but need to make sure this is done right and I'm not a VMware dude.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You cannot use the Export to OVF option, because the VMDK is compressed.

You must install Converter in the VM, and then Convert to VMware Workstation, which will give you a VMDK, and then use Starwind V2V.....to get a VHD
LightWireAuthor Commented:
Ok I'll try that thx
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