Tips to migrate from VMware to Hyper-V

Enterprises around the world are embracing virtualization technology to deliver high performance and to reduce both capital and operational expenditure, while freeing up valuable IT resources.

VMware is considered to be a leader in virtualization as it has helped data centers around the world to cost effectively manage their IT strategies. Microsoft’s Hyper-V has emerged as a challenger to VMware in recent times. Therefore, VMware users who are planning to migrate to Hyper-V (for reasons) can follow this article in order to make their process of migration simple and easy.

Basics- While planning for a migration, the foremost thing to consider will be an organization’s budget and tolerance for downtime. Here, IT managers evaluate migration tools based on budget and application uptime requirements such as-

  • Low or no cost versus higher costs
  • Incredibly short or zero downtime versus longer application outage

As Hyper V is a Windows offering, migrating VMware environment to Hyper-V doesn’t usually require a steep learning curve.

V2v tips- When considering a ‘Zero downtime’ migration strategy be sure to evaluate features provided with AD replication, exchange DAGs and SQL Server. They have replication/availability capabilities that are integrated, making migration much simpler. Commonly used V2V tools that are free, such as-

  • MVMC 3.0
  • Disk2VHD
  • Qemu-Img

If the IT environment can tolerate small amount of downtime, then better consider the following V2V tools-

  • Vision double take Move
  • PlateSpin Migrator
  • Microsoft Azure Site Recovery Manager- If the is to migrate to Azure.

What’s the best V2V approach- During a migration from VMware to Hyper-V the IT admin should consider including application specific replication or migration tools into the key workloads.

Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter (MVMC)- Microsoft offers a stand-alone solution for converting VMs from VMware to Hyper-V. MVMC can be deployed with minimal dependencies and because it provides native support for Windows PowerShell, it enables scripting and integration with data center automation workflows. The solution is simple to download, install, and use. In addition to a Windows PowerShell CLI, MVMC provides a wizard-driven GUI to facilitate VM conversion.

Before proceeding for MVMC process- Before pursuing MVMC, check with Microsoft to ensure that your VMware source, VM guest operating systems and Microsoft hosts are supported. VMware virtual disk configurations can also vary, so be sure to check for supported versions there, too. MVMC can greatly simplify your VMware to Hyper-V migration. But you have to be very much sure about the migration process.

Migration Automation Toolkit (MAT)- In order to make migration simple, Microsoft offers a Migration Automation Toolkit(MAT), a series of Powershell Scripts that wrapper MVMC with automation to perform multiple VM conversations simultaneously. The toolkit scales the VM conversion process, supporting multiple simultaneous conversions per MVMC machine.

Other migration tools- There are a number of other free and licensed tools for simplifying the VMware to HyperV migration process. Those tools include NetIQ PlateSpin Migrate, Xtreme Consulting VM Migrator and 5nine Software V2V easy converter.


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