VMware ESX(i) to Hyper-V conversion with Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter

We’ve already seen how you can convert a VMware ESX(i) virtual machine in a Hyper-V one, using 5nine V2V Easy Converter. We can do the same, with some limitation, with a tool called Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter.

Compared to the 5Nine application we have the support of Microsoft, a good news, but we’re limited by a condition: the Hyper-V node must be in the same Active Directory Domain Services of the virtual machine.

Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter also allows to convert physical machines and to deploy converted machines directly to Azure.

You can download the software directly from Microsoft.

Complete the installation and launch it, a Wizard will start:

VMware ESX(i) to Hyper-V conversion with Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter

Select the kind of machine you want to convert:

VMware ESX(i) to Hyper-V conversion with Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter

Select Migrate to Hyper-V and click Next:

VMware ESX(i) to Hyper-V conversion with Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter

Specify the Hyper-V server where you want to migrate the machine. In our example is the localhost:

VMware ESX(i) to Hyper-V conversion with Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter

Select the folder where the virtual machine files will be moved (must be a network share):

VMware ESX(i) to Hyper-V conversion with Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter

Specify the IP address and the access credentials of the ESX(i) node:

VMware ESX(i) to Hyper-V conversion with Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter

Select the VM you want to convert:

VMware ESX(i) to Hyper-V conversion with Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter

Click Next:

VMware ESX(i) to Hyper-V conversion with Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter

You need a “service folder” where the VM will be temporarily copied:

VMware ESX(i) to Hyper-V conversion with Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter

Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter will notify every problem before starting the conversion:

VMware ESX(i) to Hyper-V conversion with Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter

Click Finish and the conversion will start:

VMware ESX(i) to Hyper-V conversion with Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter

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