StarWind V2V Converter allows the conversion of VMs from one format to another, basically “cloning” them and keeping the original file intact. StarWind V2V Converter is also a convenient tool for StarWind HyperConverged Appliance users, making 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.
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StarWind V2V Converter Features
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. There is no need to create the copies of the source and destination VM files on a local machine, making the conversion process extra simple.
Hypervisor Switch – StarWind V2V Converter supports all industry-standard hypervisors including Microsoft Hyper-V, VMware ESXi, Citrix XenServer, and KVM (coming soon). 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, StarWind native IMG files, QCOW2. It works both ways, converting from and to any selected format, thus having better functionality than similar converters.
Downloading and Installing the Software
1. Download StarWind V2V converter setup executable file from StarWind website by following this link: https://www.starwindsoftware.com/converter.
2. Launch the downloaded setup file on the Server/PC where V2V Converter needs to be installed.
3. Read and accept the License Agreement and click Next to continue.
4. Specify the path where V2V converter will be installed and click Next to continue.
5. Specify the Start Menu folder.
Click Next to continue.
6. Enable the checkbox to create a desktop icon 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.
Converting “ANY to ANY” format
Important note: StarWind V2V Converter does not support converting “on a fly” thus, the selected VM needs to be shut down first.
9. Double click StarWind V2V Converter shortcut on a desktop and click Next to proceed.
10. Afterwards, specify the Source image location. It can be .vhdx/.vmdk/.qcow2/.img image on a local PC/Server or VMware ESXi / Hyper-V Server.
Converting image file from VMware ESXi to Hyper-V format
11. To convert the image from VMware ESXi Server, choose the necessary option and click Next to continue.
12. Specify the IP Address and credentials for ESXi Server and click Next to continue.
NOTE: StarWind V2V Converter cannot connect to the vCenter Server. The ESXi Server credentials and IP must be used for a connection.
13. Specify ESXi Source Image and click Next to continue.
14. Specify the Destination image format and click Next to continue.
15. Specify Destination image location and click Next to continue.
16. Specify destination Hyper-V Server connection details and click Next to continue.
17. Specify the destination path on the hypervisor and click Next to continue.
18. Wait for converting process completion and click Finish to complete the wizard.
Converting image file from Hyper-V to VMware ESXi format
19. To convert the image from Microsoft Hyper-V Server, choose the necessary option and click Next to continue.
20. Specify a hostname and credentials for Hyper-V Server and click Next to proceed.
21. Specify Hyper-V Source Image and click Next to proceed.
22. Specify the Destination image format and click Next to continue.
23. Specify the necessary VMDK options if required (depending on a VM generation) and click Next.
24. Specify the Destination file location. Depending on the Destination image format, specified above, there will be an option to convert the source file to the local server or directly to the different hypervisor, like it is showed in the pictures below.
25. Specify destination VMware ESXi Server connection and click Next to continue.
26. Specify the destination path on the hypervisor and click Next.
27. Wait for converting process completion and click Finish to complete the wizard.
This guide describes how to convert different virtual machine formats using StarWind V2V Converter with keeping the original VM intact. This allows for seamless transition to new hypervisor environments and provides great flexibility within an IT infrastructure with StarWind V2V Converter free tool.