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Linux P2V – Vmware and Hyper-V

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Although you can P2V Windows machines using System Center Virtual Machine Manager, the same functionality is not available for Linux computers (Note:  You can V2V a Linux VM).

VMware vCenter Converter is a free tool that allows you to convert Linux physical machines into VMs. The process will create a vmdk disk file.  The problem is that it appears that the target must be VMware ESX, ESXi, Workstation or Player.

If you need to move that machine to Hyper-V, you can, in theory, use a tool like VMDK2VHD to convert that vmdk to a vhd file. If you’re using System Center Virtual Machine Manager to mange VMware vCenter Server you can do a direct V2V from VMWare ESX to Hyper-V hosts. After migration process, you’ll need to install integration components which are supported on RHEL and SLES.

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February 24, 2010 at 12:00 AM

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