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VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.5

VMware vCenter Converter Standalone provides users with an easy-to-use solution to automate the process of creating VMware virtual machines from physical machines (P2V), other virtual machine formats (V2V), and third-party image formats (I2V). The software uses a wizard-driven interface to make it all possible.  From its centralized management console, Converter Standalone can convert multiple local and remote physical machines without any disruptions or downtime.

Obviously, the software will only convert TO a VMware virtual machine format.  So if you're looking to migrate to something else, like Microsoft Hyper-V, you'll have to look elsewhere.  5Nine recently announced a VMware to Hyper-V converter, which might be an interesting way to move from one type to Hyper-V in a round about way.

vCenter Converter Standalone can convert physical machines running Windows or Linux operating systems to VMware virtual machines; convert third-party image or virtual machine formats such as Parallels Desktop, Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery, Norton Ghost, Acronis, StorageCraft, Microsoft Virtual Server or Virtual PC, and Microsoft Hyper-V Server virtual machines to VMware virtual machines; enable centralized management of remote conversions of multiple physical servers or virtual machines simultaneously; ensure conversion reliability through quiesced snapshots of the guest operating system on the source machine before data migration; and enable non-disruptive conversions through hot cloning, with no source server downtime or reboot.

So what's new in this latest 5.5 release?  New functionality includes:

  • Support for virtual machine hardware version 10 (62TB disks, virtual SATA controllers, etc.)
  • Support for RedHat KVM virtual machines as a source
  • A new option for selecting the network adapter for the target virtual machine
  • Support for additional guest operating systems
  • Parallel disk conversions
  • Virtual SAN support

Download VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.5

Published Thursday, October 24, 2013 6:50 AM by David Marshall
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