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VMware vCenter Converter 5.5: The Easiest Way to Convert Your Physical and Virtual Machines


From what I gather from the release notes of 6.0, it doesn't support Ubuntu 10.10 anymore, right? 5.5 only supports 10.10 LSV, so that leaves me with 5.0 ir 5.1. However, for the life of me I can not find anywhere to download these versions. Can anybody please tell me where I can find them? Thank you.


In this release of Converter on can choose the destination version of Virtual Machine Version 7 and Version 8 only. It means that the version 4 of Virtual machine version is no longer supported by this release of VMware converter, so in case you need to P2V to older version of Virtual machine, you must use the older standalone version of VMware converter for the job.




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Stage 1. VMware Converter connects to a source Linux machine via SSH and allows you to select the components to be copied, such as virtual disks and partitions. According to selected components of the source physical Linux machine and configured settings of the destination VM, the converter will create a helper VM.


Stage 2. When all necessary components are selected and network settings of the helper VM are configured, VMware Converter creates a helper VM on a destination ESXi host and datastores. Then, the converter starts the helper VM that boots from the helper VM ISO image, and copies all necessary data from a source Linux machine to a destination VM that has the status of helper VM until the conversion process is finished.


Sometimes the converter cannot run commands on your remote Linux machine and displays the warning: Unable to query the live Linux source machine. Make sure that you can run sudo without entering a password when logged in to the source machine over SSH as your_username.


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Thus, you know how to perform VMware P2V Linux conversion with VMware vCenter Converter Standalone. Unfortunately, the VMware converter Linux version is not available but if you want to convert your physical Linux server to a VMware VM by using only Linux machines, you should familiarize with the second P2V Linux conversion method.


Once the VMware converter has completed, disable all of the networks adapters on the physical server and shut down. Disabling the network adapters will avoid potential IP conflicts if you will start the physical server back into Windows after you have your new virtual server running.


In VMware ESXi navigate to your virtual machine in the tree on the left.Choose Actions->Export.This will download disk images and information about your virtual machine in the .ovf format in the browser.Move those files to a storage that is accessible by your Proxmox VE host.


Offering unsupported products based on legacy technology presents potential security and reliability risks to our customers. The last release of vCenter Converter occurred in May 2018, and its support officially ended in December 2019. While we understand some customers may want to use this tool, the risks reached a level where we had no choice but to remove it from the download site.


As per the statement, VMware updated that work on the new version of vCenter Converter is already in progress. Alternatively, you could try other free third-party converter tools like Starwind V2V Converter and Veeam Backup & replication to convert the virtual machines to supported virtualization formats.


StarWind V2V Converter / P2V Migrator is a free software for cloning and transforming VMs from one format to another, as well as converting physical machines into virtual ones. It is utilized when migration or Hypervisor Switch is required. Compared to the typical converters built into hypervisors, StarWind V2V Converter / P2V Migrator offers bi-directional conversion between all the major VM formats: VMDK, VHD/VHDX (Windows Repair Mode aware), QCOW2, and StarWind native IMG.


StarWind V2V Converter has numerous competitive gains over converters built into your standard hypervisors. First, it supports bi-directional VM conversion between various hypervisor vendor formats. To save time during migration and Hypervisor Switch, V2V Converter allows to convert VMs directly from one hypervisor server to another without creating an extra VM disk copy. On top of that, you can easily migrate your vital host VM images between different hypervisor servers without any data loss or corruption. Want to convert local files? V2V can do that, too.


StarWind V2V Converter / P2V Migrator is free software, without any hidden payments, additional required licenses, or timebombs. In other words, there are no strings attached, V2V Converter / P2V Migrator is best-qualified for immediate download and use.


The second best way would be via an application on the source machine virtualizing it and generating an ESX compatible VM. However, the software is beta and unsupported, and after installation, nothing really works (the /etc/init.d/vmware-converter script doesn't actually do anything, start and stop reply with success messages, yet ps shows that there are no new processes).


Is my 1st way possible? Has anyone done this yet, or better, has a page with instructions? Or is there a help page that explains how to correctly install, run and use the vmware-converter tool using a Debian installation (it's possible that I dod something wrong during installation already)?


I tweeted about this yesterday, but as I had about 14 questions in 24 hours I figured I would do a blog post as well so that it gets indexed by Google properly. Many folks are asking where vCenter Converter / Standalone Converter has gone to as it has disappeared from the VMware Download website. Although the links are still there on the VMware website and for instance in VMware Workstation, those links do not go to a download.


Yesterday I downloaded the standalone converter from filehorse.com and converted my old XP system to a VM. I will find out if it works in a few hours when the copy is done. I followed the instructions here: -your-existing-windows-xp-system-into-a-virtual-machine/ and so far so good. I also found out that even though my XP system is old, the latest converter still worked.


Download the version 6.0.0 of VMware vCenter Converter Standalone, whose link is present at the beginning of this tutorial.Once this file has been downloaded, install "VMware vCenter Converter Standalone" by selecting the "Local installation" option in the installation wizard.


Recently, the latest release was VMware Converter Standalone 6.2, released in 2018. In February 2022, VMware removed this version of Converter from the list of available downloads on its website (significant vulnerabilities were found in previous versions) and promised to release a new version a little later. At the same time, no alternative for performing P2V conversions was offered.


And finally, on October 11, 2022, the new version of vCenter Converter 6.3 became available for download. This version supports the new Windows Server 2019/2022 and Windows 11. However, older versions prior to Windows Server 2012, RHEL/CentOS 6, and Ubuntu 14 are no longer supported.


  • VMware Converter connects to the specified server and installs VMware vCenter Converter Standalone Agent (vmware-converter-agent) on it;

  • Then you will be prompted to specify the name of the ESXi server (or vCenter server), on which the virtual machine will be created, and the credentials to connect;

  • Select the datacenter, cluster, ESXi host, and VMFS datastore name where you want to place the new virtual machine. Select VM hardware version;

  • Then you will need to select the disks of the target system to be copied, RAM and vCPU settings, etc.

VMware Converter: Synchronize changes when performing P2V or V2V ConversionVMware Converter allows to synchronize changes between the source computer and the target virtual machine located on the ESXi host. This feature allows you to virtualize a physical server with a large amount of data on physical disks in several stages with minimal downtime.


So, if you need to converter an old OS you probably need an old version of the vCenter Standalone Converter (note that the 3.0.3 is not so easy to be downloaded from the VMware site). Also because your vSphere platform may be not supported you have to save the conversion in an intermediate Workstation/Fusion/Player file format and then re-import again with a more recent version of Converter (or manually register the VM file, if you have choose a right format for the vmdk).


MVMC can be deployed with minimal dependencies. Because MVMC provides native support for Windows PowerShell, it enables scripting and integration with data center automation workflows such as those authored and run within Microsoft System Center 2012 Orchestrator R2. It can also be invoked through the Windows PowerShell command-line interface. The solution is simple to download, install, and use. In addition to the Windows PowerShell capability, MVMC provides a wizard-driven GUI to facilitate virtual machine conversion.


Please note in this example, I converted a Windows Server 2022 VM from VMware to Proxmox. I had issues with the latest VirtIO drivers (0.1.217 / April 2022). I downloaded an earlier version (0.1.215), and the Installer ran fine.


Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter (MVMC): A free standalone conversion program with GUI that can turn physical machines into virtual ones, which works for Azure, VMware ESXi VMs conversion to Hyper-V. While it is open to download, its support officially ended on June 03, 2017. So, use this method with caution.


Thanks for your nice tutorial!I also tried to follow your instructions but I seem to have another problem. My vm says it has a thin provisioned disk 80GB in vm properties (real disk usage 14,8 of 80 GB in Windows) but it still shows used space 80 GB in vmware. Do you know what could cause this problem?


Thanks. I downloaded the files and I am just about to deploy the ovf. Before doing so, would the 5.0 appliance work with a 4.0 ESXi host? If not, I will wait with the vCSA until all hosts are updated.


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