When creating a new virtual machine, you have to choose the source system that you want to convert. This can be a local computer or a remote PC, an OVF or OVA virtual appliance or a third-party backup image. The program also supports another virtual machine as input, including Microsoft Virtual PCs. Depending on what you choose, the setup process is different.
After selecting the disks that VMware Converter duplicates when generating the virtual environment, you have to choose the destination type. The two available options are a standalone virtual machine or an infrastructure virtual machine, which is stored on a ESX server. Also, you can choose the name, type and location of your new virtual machine.
Moreover, you can configure the disk allocation and the network access options. Thus, you can let the virtual machine have the same connection preferences and IP address as the host machine. In addition to this, VMware Converter allows you to customize the guest operating system and the virtual computer’s detailed information.
When these steps are complete, you can view a summary of all the virtual machines’ settings, thus enabling you to easily review and change undesired items.
The new task appears in the main window of VMware Converter. While the application configures the parameters for the target virtual machine, you can permanently view its status and progress. Furthermore, you can run multiple conversions simultaneously.
If you need a VMware virtual machine on your system, VMware Converter can help you generate it easily and quickly, with minimal effort from your part.
- Multiple simultaneous conversions enable large-scale virtualization implementations
- Quiescing and snapshotting of the guest OS on the source machine before migrating the data ensures conversion reliability
- Hot cloning makes conversions non-disruptive—with no source server downtime or reboot
- Sector-based copying enhances cloning and conversion speed
- Support for cold cloning (conversion that requires server downtime and reboot) in addition to hot cloning
- Centralized management console allows users to queue up and monitor multiple simultaneous remote as well as local conversions
- Easy to use wizards to minimize the number of steps to conversion
- Support for both local and remote cloning enables conversions in remote locations such as branch offices
- Broad support for source physical machines and image formats