Migration from vmware 5.5 to Windows cluster 2019 RRS feed

  • Question

  • hi everyone

    we have around 48 virtual machines running on three VMware 5.5 servers. we bought new servers with windows 2019 and want to migrate everything from old to this new one. Are the any best practices or tools how to achieve it.


    Wednesday, July 10, 2019 2:56 PM

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  • Hi,

    Good Day! And thanks for posting in our forum!

    As far as I know, we can use the following methods to convert the VM from VMWARE to Hyper-V.

    The following are the best-known conversion methods provided by Microsoft:

    • Using Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter (MVMC). MVMC is a free standalone tool with a GUI (graphical user interface) that can convert virtual machines. (The tool can also convert a physical machine to a virtual machine.) VMs can be moved either to Hyper-V or Azure. This method is suitable for conversion of VMware ESXi VMs to a Hyper-V format VMs.
    • Converting VMDK to VHD and attaching a converted virtual disk to a new Hyper-V VM with PowerShell. This method can be used when you have the virtual disk files available, but not all the VM files (such as VMX configuration files). You can use this method to convert both VMware Workstation VMs and VMware ESXi VMs.
    • Converting VMs using SCVMM (System Center Virtual Machine Manager). SCVMM is a commercial software solution that enables centralized management for Hyper-V and VMware environments including VMs, hosts, and clusters. This tool includes VM conversion features.

    For more detail information and detail steps, please refer to:

    Hope this can help you, please feel free to let me know if you have any other question.



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    Thursday, July 11, 2019 2:35 AM
  • You can try the mentioned conversion tools but the cleaner / safer method is to stand up new windows instances in new environment, patch them fully, then migrate the roles or applications over.



    Regards, Dave Patrick ....
    Microsoft Certified Professional
    Microsoft MVP [Windows Server] Datacenter Management

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    Thursday, July 11, 2019 2:42 AM
  • The easiest way is to use V2V converters.

    Here you'll find some of them with their advantages/disadvantages:

    Thursday, July 11, 2019 3:48 PM
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    Monday, July 15, 2019 1:31 AM