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StarWind V2V Converter

Published: November 12, 2018

INTRODUCTION

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 a 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

V2V migration: easy VMs migration with ensured data consistency

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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.

Downloading and Installing the Software

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 and click Next to continue.

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.

Converting “ANY to ANY” format

9. Double click StarWind V2V Converter shortcut on a desktop, choose Local file 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 on an SMB share.

Click Next.

11. Choose Local file option and click Next to proceed.

12. Select destination image format and click Next to proceed. It can be .vhdx/.vmdk/.qcow2/.img

13. For vhd/vhdx destination image format growable or pre-allocated image type must be chosen.

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

15. Set the destination file options. Click …

Select the file location and click OK.

Click Next.

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

Converting image file from VMware ESXi to Hyper-V format

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

18. Specify the IP Address and credentials for ESXi Server and click Next to continue.

NOTE: StarWind V2V Converter can connect to the vCenter Server via IP address.

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

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

21. Specify destination Hyper-V Server connection parameters and click Next to continue.

22. Specify the destination image format and click Next to continue.

23. Set the destination file options. Click …

Important notice: The image can be attached to the VM by checking the box below of the Wizard.

24. Select the file location and click OK.

Click Next.

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

Converting VM from VMware ESXi to Hyper-V

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

27. 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.

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

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

30. Specify a Hostname and credentials for Microsoft Hyper-V Server and click Next to proceed.

31. Check settings of the new virtual machine and click Next to continue.

32. Wait for the conversion process to complete and click Finish to close the Wizard.

Converting image file from Hyper-V to VMware ESXi format

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

34. Specify a Hostname and credentials for Windows Hyper-V Server and click Next to proceed.

35. Specify Hyper-V Source Image and click Next to proceed.

36. 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.

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

38. Select VMDK image format and click Next to continue.

39. Select the location of the destination image. Click OK.

Click Next to continue.

Important notice: The image can be attached to the VM by checking the box below of the Wizard.

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

Converting VM from Hyper-V to VMware ESXi

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

42. Specify a Hostname and credentials for Windows Hyper-V Server and click Next to proceed.

43. Specify Hyper-V Source VM and click Next to proceed.

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

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

46. Check settings of the VM and click Next to continue.

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

Physical to Virtual Conversion

48. StarWind V2V Converter can convert physical PC/Server to virtual “on a fly” without a need to pause the production. P2V works for all desktop versions starting from Windows Vista to Windows 10 and all server versions starting from Windows Server 2008 R2 to Windows Server 2016.

P2V migration: complex and time-consuming VM formats adjustments
P2V migration: quick, easy and consistent convertion from physical into virtual

49. To start Physical to Virtual conversion, choose the P2V option and click Next to continue.

Converting Disk Volume to Virtual Disk

50. To convert Disk Volume from a Windows machine, choose the necessary option and click Next to continue.

51. Choose the volume to convert and click Next to continue.

Converting Physical Disk to Virtual Disk

52. To convert Physical Disk from the Windows machine, choose the necessary option and click Next to continue.

53. Choose the physical disk to convert and click Next to continue.

Converting Physical Machine to Virtual Machine

54. To convert the Entire machine, choose the necessary option and click Next to continue.

55. Choose disk volumes to convert and click Next to continue.

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

57. To convert Physical Machine to Hyper-V VM, check the 22-24 sections of the guide.

58. To convert Physical Machine to VMware ESXi VM, check the 37-39 sections of the guide.

CONCLUSION

This guide describes how to convert different virtual machine formats along with direct VM hypervisor switch. This process takes place using StarWind V2V Converter and keeping the original VM intact. It ensures a seamless transition to new hypervisor environments and provides great flexibility within an IT infrastructure with StarWind V2V Converter free tool.