Recently while working on the new Virtualization shootout testing I came across the issue that Microsoft Hyper-V doesn’t offer any built in Physical to Virtual machine conversion tools so I set out for an easy way to convert a physical machine for some quick and simple testing.
I found two options and I will present them both, the first option is a tool I recently became familiar with due to the fact that we are considering moving our internal virtual environment at the office to Citrix. Its obvious at this point who makes the tool but for the name its rather obvious as well and is called the XenConvert tool by Citrix.
This tool is absolutely killer, it can convert physical machines, specific volumes, Microsoft VHD files, VMware VMDK files, Open virtualization OVF files and Xen virtual Appliances to XenServer Appliances, XenServer Hard Disks (VHD), Open Virtualization Packages (OVF), and Provisioning Services vDisk.
Next up on the list is a tool from Microsoft (go figure) although not directly linked or marketed for Hyper-V which is a good reason you ended up here. So yes Microsoft does have a tool to do this but it is a strict Disk to Virtual Disk as the name implies. You can only install this on the running machine and select which volumes to include and where to output the file, other than that you are on your own.
There you go, two very good options for converting both live machines and virtual images from a different platform.
Stay tuned, the new Virtual Shootout is coming soon.
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