Thursday, 4 July 2013

Discontinuation of vCenter Converter replaced with Converter Standalone only in vSphere 5

Preventive Service Planning

Abstract

VMware announced in the vCenter Converter v4.2 release notes that that would be the last version released of the built-in Converter to vCenter. Starting with vCenter 5.0 there is no longer a Converter product that comes with vCenter but instead the same functionality is provided in the Converter Standalone product which is also provided free. This program allows customers to convert (aka P2V) a Physical server to Virtual Machine in VMware vSphere.

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More information on the community forums about the change:
The vCenter Converter 4.2 release notes have this announcement about the discontinuation:

http://www.vmware.com/support/vsphere4/doc/vsp_vcc_42_rel_notes.html

Discontinued Support
  • You cannot schedule recurring conversion tasks with vCenter Converter 4.2.
  • Support of the following operating systems is discontinued:
  • Windows 2000
  • Windows NT
  • VMware vSphere 4.1 is the last major release for VMware vCenter Converter plug-in. VMware will continue to provide technical support for vCenter Converter through the end of its support lifecycle. VMware will continue to update and support the free vCenter Converter Standalone product, which enables conversions from sources such as physical machines, VMware and Microsoft virtual machine formats, and certain third-party disk image formats.

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The previous functionality that is not retained is the ability to right click on an ESX host and select Import Machine which was a feature of the vCenter Converter product. The way to convert a machine now is to install the Converter Standalone product and run the Converter wizard manually. This product can be installed on the same Windows host where vCenter is installed or another Windows host using the requirements as documented in the Converter Standalone documentation here:

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