vCenter Converter

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VMware vCenter Converter transforms your Windows- and Linux-based physical machines and third-party image formats to VMware virtual machines.

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vCenter Converter review by Vanessa T.
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"Convert"

What do you like best?

i like the best that is a converter that can easily use with wmware workstation , vsphere client and vcenter formats, and it doesn't take to long converting the machine into a virtual machine

What do you dislike?

i dislike that if gave me problems when i try to convert another type of virtual machine such as hyperv into vmware virtual machine, y have to use another converter to convert the machine into a vm workstation compatible and then download an ovf or use vconverter after all those steps.

PS: i have it install in my work machine, but in my windows 8.1 pro isn't compatible and thats a big problem for me that i'm the only one using it on my company.

Recommendations to others considering the product

vconverter is very good for convert your physical machine into a vmware virtual machine

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

our business problem was that we need to convert a lot of physical servers into virtual machine for vcenter and we were able to do it in a less time compare with other converter and we almost 95 % of successful machine converts.

i also like that is compatible with my vmware platform .

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vCenter Converter review by Praveen N.
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"The best converter software for Physical to Virtual and Virtual to Virtual"

What do you like best?

The best thing about VMware V center converter is, it can turn any physical machine to virtual machine seamlessly. The process is hassle free. You may be able to use it even for migrating your virtual servers from one data center to another data center. VM Ware converter is one of the best software s ever released by VM Ware.

What do you dislike?

The error messages are not really clear. When a process stops or the migration process ends abruptly, it does not give enough information regarding the scheduled task. The conversion takes so long but works though most of the times. We always tried to do a virtual to physical conversion to a box for some servers, but it never worked and I think there is nothing in the market available which can convert a virtual to physical machine. It is understandable that every one is looking to move into virtual infrastructure from physical servers but these companies did not realize people may need some thing which can convert a virtual machine to a physical machine, for example servers like Active Directory Servers, V Center machines etc.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Recommended for all your Conversions and migrations.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We moved several hundreds of virtual machines using this converter and also used to make physical server to virtual servers. We converted over 100 physical servers to virtual servers and used this software to move virtual machines from one DC to another DC, whenever we get a new hardware. It takes some time for the move, but can run parallel and achieve the goals and meet timelines of migration.

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vCenter Converter review by Tyler W.
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"The Power of The vCenter Converter"

What do you like best?

The vCenter converter allows you to move servers (either from a physical machine, or from Hyper-V (or other virtualization platform) to a VMware environment. The cost? Free! It's very easy to use, and you can even migrate machines while they are running!

What do you dislike?

It doesn't always work well. It also can take a really long time to convert a large server (like a file server) to the new host. There is no support because it is free. It can be easier to learn how to use and also more instructions (with more details) to help set it up. To properly use the platform, you need a dedicated server with lots of processing power to migrate the VMs over.

Recommendations to others considering the product

The next best option, is to do an image based backup, and restore.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It allows us to move virtual machines and physical machines to VMware servers with minimal labor and cost. As long as the servers are not more than 1 tb a piece, you can move an environment over to the new VMware platform in just a couple of days.

vCenter Converter review by Frank B.
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"vCenter Converter"

What do you like best?

Easy of use, like all VMware products, you pick your target server, vCenter Converter, reviews the target, and see's that the server can be migrated over to a virtual machine.

What do you dislike?

None to see, I highly recomemmend this product for any companies that are looking to convert all or any physical machines over to virtual servers. You pick your target server, then let it run.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This is a simple solution to any company that is looking to convert physical servers to VMware virtual servers. Whether they are on prem or in the cloud. This is the solution that everyone should be looking at.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

How easy it is to convert a physical server to a virtual server, and how it does all the work for you.

vCenter Converter review by Terry S.
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"vCenter helps me maintain essential Servers"

What do you like best?

I have converted several Physical machines to virtual, only had one issue and VmWare support was able to resolve that quickly. It works well, need to review all your software for compatibility with virtualization

What do you dislike?

There can be complications and nuances that require strict attention to the details prior to the conversion, if not it could fail. Conversion has its limitations, especially with domain controllers

Recommendations to others considering the product

Pay attention to the details, make use of the community, there is a lot of knowledge out there and people help you make a successful conversion. I am going to convert a domain controller and the community knowledge was invaluable

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have been able to maintain several legacy servers by converting them to Virtual, allowing us to realize savings in licensing costs and improving reliability of hardware

vCenter Converter review by Adam R.
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"vCenter Converter"

What do you like best?

It is very easy to convert a physical server to a virtual server. There are many options that one can configure to be more flexible with a virtual machine.

What do you dislike?

I wish that they would support older versions of Microsoft Server for a little bit longer so that customers would have the change to migrate to a virtual environment over a longer period of time.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is very easy to install and move a physical server to a virtual environment.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have the ability to migrate businesses to a virtual environment so that the costs of hardware will go down.

vCenter Converter review by Administrator
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"VCenter converter - converting from hyper-v to VMWare"

What do you like best?

vCenter Converter is the best tool to convert both physical servers and hyper-v servers to VMWare.

What do you dislike?

I wish there was a way to save the settings for the converter tool so that you don't have to make the same changes each time you convert. It's not a big deal if you're doing a few conversions but when you're converting 100+, it can be a challenge to verify you make the right changes 100% of the time.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Converting from Hyper-V to VMWare and converting physical hosts to virtual hosts!

vCenter Converter review by Tommy W.
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"Very flaky software"

What do you like best?

I did like the ease of setting up a conversion job from a bare metal server.

What do you dislike?

The speed at which the server was converted and the issues with launching it inside of esxi.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Virtualizing an overtaxed physical server into a virtual environment

vCenter Converter review by Antonio P.
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"Quick and easy conversion of VM images"

What do you like best?

Quick and easy conversion of vm images. Slick interface. Great admin / overview functionality.

What do you dislike?

Some of the logging and auditting ability, as of when I last used it, was somewhat lacking. Guessing they have made improvements since then though. Templating was wonky as well, but that could've been pilot error on our part.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Massive cloning and conversion of single and multi tier VM images for use in development & QA of custom software solutions built on our platform.

vCenter Converter review by Adarsh K.
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"The easiest and fastest way to convert your physical servers to a virtual machine!"

What do you like best?

it's by far the most convenient way tool to convert both physical servers and hyper-v servers to VMWare virtual servers.

What do you dislike?

some improvements are required to make the conversion process more user-friendly since you have to pay a lot of attention to details and you end-up making the same changes every time you convert since, you cannot create your own conversion template.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

mass conversion of physical servers to VMware VM's.

vCenter Converter review by Lakshmipriya P.
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"Great choice to virtualize your physical boxes"

What do you like best?

The super easy to use interface, versatility, multiple operating systems support, convenient to configure, concurrent conversion support. It is an amazing tool by VMWare to virtualize your physical environment thereby reducing the cost for devices and maintenance

What do you dislike?

Nothing much as it is by far the best tool I have used to virtualize my machines

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Virtualizing the existing physical environment reducing the cost for physical devices and maintenance

vCenter Converter review by Administrator
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"Drop Dead Easy Conversion"

What do you like best?

It's the easiest way to get your assets onto the vSphere platform. Install, give it a source and destination and you're all set.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes conversions get hung up or sometimes the converter won't be able to process a source machine, but those issues are few and far-between.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Moving from physical and Hyper-V environments to our robust and stable VMware environment. We are consolidating assets and better utilizing higher tier equipment.

vCenter Converter review by Administrator
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"vCenter Converter"

What do you like best?

able to convert physical server into a virtual server very easily

What do you dislike?

everything worked very fast and easy, not much to dislike

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

physical servers are expiring, hardware is getting old, warranties are out of date. being able to convert this old servers into virtual servers until the programs have either been updated or upgraded, makes for easy transition and ability to have server accessible beyond their hardware capabilities

vCenter Converter review by Administrator
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"Great Linux P2V"

What do you like best?

Simplicity and speed of use

Fast and reliable migration

Deployment of the solution

What do you dislike?

Can not restart failed jobsNe pas

Can not register user accounts

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Migrating our physical machines to virtual machines

Saving space and power consumption

Easier administration

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