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VMWare Licensing Limitations/HyperV Conversion

Our company just purchased another and I have some questions regarding their existing VM Setup.

Thier setup
2 Physical Servers running HyperV, 50 Windows VMs
4 Physical Servers running a mix of vCenter, vSphere 5 & 6.  100+ VM's running Windows and Linux.

My questions
1.  I am not that familiar with HyperV, I'd like to convert these to VM to unify the setup.  Is this a difficult process?
2.  Will I have limitations in the future with vSphere?  Meaning, will I not be able to install the latest Windows OS?
3.  If I were to buy new hardware, could I reuse the vSphere 5 & 6 licenses?
4.  Any limitations that you see that I'm not thinking about?

The idea is to get everything uniform so my team isn't pulling out their hair all the time.  I feel like we are taking over this infrastructure from someone who knew little and had a very tight budget.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
1.  I am not that familiar with HyperV, I'd like to convert these to VM to unify the setup.  Is this a difficult process?

Easy if supported.

see my EE Articles, easily converted...

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


2.  Will I have limitations in the future with vSphere?  Meaning, will I not be able to install the latest Windows OS?[/quote]


5.5 goes end of life in September 2018, but your 6.x licenses are valid for 6.5 and 6.7! So you got lots of life and Windows OS support left.

3.  If I were to buy new hardware, could I reuse the vSphere 5 & 6 licenses?

Yes, they are perpetual... and will work for 6.5 and 6.7, provided the hardware is on the HCL

4.  Any limitations that you see that I'm not thinking about?

None welcome to VMware world!
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