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StarWind V2V Converter

Introduction to StarWind V2V Converter

StarWind V2V Converter allows the conversion of VMs from one format to another, basically “cloning” them and keeping the original file intact. Moreover, StarWind V2V Converter makes the conversion of a physical machine to a virtual machine faster without a need to deploy a virtual server from scratch. StarWind V2V Converter is also a convenient tool for the StarWind HyperConverged Appliance users, making a hypervisor switch a very easy task indeed. In case there’s a promising virtualization project without any initial investments, StarWind Virtual SAN Free would come in handy. Along with V2V Converter, it will make the virtualization admin’s life much easier, creating “shared nothing” fault-tolerant SAN on a couple of commodity servers.

V2V migration: easy VMs migration with ensured data consistency

StarWind V2V Converter Features
P2V – StarWind V2V Converter allows migrating physical environment to virtual one with a minimum interaction of IT administrator. With P2V feature there is no need to build VMs for a physical server from scratch as V2V will simply convert a physical box into a VM.
Windows Repair Mode – StarWind V2V Converter makes migration between different hardware sets easier, supporting Windows Repair Mode during conversion to VHDX. This way, the VM automatically adapts to the given hardware environment, negating any compatibility problems.
Zero-Copy – StarWind V2V Converter allows easily converting VM formats directly from one hypervisor to another. Conversion process becomes simpler as there is no need to create copies of the source and destination VM files on the local machine.
Hypervisor Switch – StarWind V2V Converter supports all industry-standard hypervisors including Microsoft Hyper-V, VMware ESXi, Citrix XenServer, and KVM. By converting VMs from and to any selected format, it allows easily migrating between different hypervisors.
Supported formats – StarWind V2V Converter supports all modern formats such as VMDK, VHDX/VHD, RAW IMG, QCOW2, and StarWind native IMG files. It works both ways, converting from and to any selected format, thus having better functionality than similar converters.
Important notice: StarWind V2V Converter does not support converting “on a fly,” thus the selected VM needs to be shut down first.

Installing StarWind V2V Converter

1. Download StarWind V2V Converter setup executable file from the StarWind website by following this link: https://www.starwindsoftware.com/converter#download.
2. Launch the downloaded setup file on the Server/PC where V2V Converter needs to be installed.
3. Read and accept the License Agreement.
4. Click Browse… to specify the path where V2V Converter will be installed and then click Next to continue.
5. Specify the Start Menu Folder. Click Next to continue.
6. Enable the checkbox to Create a desktop shortcut and click Next to continue.
7. Verify the installation settings. Click Back to make any changes or Install to continue.
8. Click Finish to exit Setup.

Select the Converting Option

Please select the required option:

Converting Local File to Local File

1. Double-click StarWind V2V Converter shortcut on a desktop, choose Local file and click Next to proceed.


2. Afterward, specify the Source image location. It can be .vhdx/.vmdk/.qcow2/.img image on a local PC/Server or on an SMB share.


3. Choose Local file option and click Next to proceed.
4. Select the required destination image format from the list. It can be .vhdx/.vmdk/.qcow2/.img
5. For vhd/vhdx destination image format growable or pre-allocated image type must be chosen.


6. For vmdk destination image format growable or pre-allocated image type must be chosen.


7. Set the destination file options and click “” and select the file location and click OK. Then click Next.


8. Wait for the conversion process completion and click Finish to complete the Wizard.

Converting VMware ESXi to Hyper-V

Converting Image File from VMware ESXi to Hyper-V Format

1. To convert the image from VMware ESXi Server, choose the necessary option and click Next to continue.


2. Specify the IP Address and credentials for ESXi Server.
NOTE: StarWind V2V Converter can connect to the vCenter Server via IP address.


3. Specify ESXi Source Image and click Next to continue.


4. Specify the location of the Destination image and click Next to continue.


5. Specify destination Hyper-V Server connection parameters.

6. Specify the destination image format.

7. Set the destination file options. Click “


Important notice: The image can be attached to the VM by checking the box below of the Wizard.
8. Select the file location and click OK. Then click Next.
9. Wait for the conversion process completion and click Finish to complete the Wizard.

Converting VM from VMware ESXi to Hyper-V

1. To convert the VM from VMware ESXi Server, choose the necessary option and click Next to continue.


2. Specify the IP Address and credentials for VMware ESXi Server and click Next to continue.
NOTE: StarWind V2V Converter can connect to the vCenter Server via IP address.

3. Select VM which requires conversion and click Next to continue.


4. Specify the location of the Destination VM and click Next to continue.

5. Specify a Hostname and credentials for Microsoft Hyper-V Server and click Next to proceed.
6. Check settings of the new virtual machine and click Next to continue.
7. Wait for the conversion process to complete and click Finish to close the Wizard.

Converting Hyper-V to VMware

Converting Image File from Hyper-V to VMware ESXi Format

1. To convert the image from Microsoft Hyper-V Server, choose the necessary option.


2. Specify a Hostname and credentials for Windows Hyper-V Server.
3. Select Hyper-V Source Image.


4. Specify the Destination image location. The source file can be converted to the local server or directly to the different hypervisor, as showed in the picture below.

5. Specify destination VMware ESXi Server connection.



6. Select VMDK image format.
7. Select the location of the destination image by clicking ““. Click OK. Then click Next to continue.

Important notice: The image can be attached to the VM by checking the box below of the Wizard.
8. Wait for conversion process completion and click Finish to complete the Wizard.

Converting VM from Hyper-V to VMware ESXi

1. To convert the image from Microsoft Hyper-V Server, choose the necessary option and click Next to continue.


2. Specify a Hostname and credentials for Windows Hyper-V Server and click Next to proceed.
3. Specify Hyper-V Source VM and click Next to proceed.

4. Specify the location of the Destination VM and click Next to continue.


5. Specify destination VMware ESXi Server connection and click Next to continue.

6. Check settings of the VM and click Next to continue.
7. Wait for conversion process completion and click Finish to complete the Wizard.

Converting Physical to Virtual Machine

1. To convert the Entire machine, choose the necessary option.

2. Choose disk volumes to convert.
3. Specify the location of the Destination VM.

4. To convert Physical Machine to Hyper-V VM, refer the steps 6-8 in the Converting Image File from VMware ESXi to Hyper-V Format section of the guide.
5. To convert Physical Machine to VMware ESXi VM, refer to the steps 5-7 in the Converting Image File from Hyper-V to VMware ESXi Format section of the guide.