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VMware vCenter Converter Alternatives for V2V?


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As VMware stands out among the diversified market of virtualization vendors, more and more companies that previously own other virtual platforms in their data centers have also made an eye on its products, considering giving it a try for more advanced IT operations. Therefore, the V2V (Virtual-to-Virtual) migration is something they must go through in order to start the VMware journey.

For users who have such needs, VMware provides its own solution, VMware vCenter Converter, or known as VMware vCenter Converter Standalone, to help simplify the process. However, in February this year, VMware officially announced that this product will be no longer available for download, which is a bit shocking news for users who are still planning to switch their IT workloads to VMware.

What is VMware vCenter Converter?

VMware vCenter Converter supports users converting data from physical servers (P2V) or virtual machines of other types (V2V) to VMware. It can be installed on Windows operating systems, and convert a physical Windows/Linux machine, or a VM on other virtualization platforms to an ESXi host, either when it’s in powered-on or powered-off state.

Users prefer this product for VMware V2V is based on various reasons. First of all, it’s free; Second of all, it’s easy to use. Due to the converter client the product provides, it allows users to setup a conversion task within minutes.

However, despite this convenient it is, some disadvantages still remain in the product. For example, it’s not very friendly to Linux virtual machines as many limitations exist in this conversion scenario, including the lack of support for VM reconfiguration.

As VMware vCenter Converter has officially closed its service curtain, is there any more alternative to help us achieve easy V2V migration? Well, the answer is yes.

What is the best VMware vCenter Converter alternative?

Vinchin Backup & Recovery is an all-in-one virtual machine backup solution with Cross-Platform Recovery feature available, which can be utilized as a data protection and V2V migration tool at once without switching between separated consoles for different operational purposes.

The working principle of V2V in this product, is to directly recover original VM backups to another virtual platform, without an extra agent needed. Many other advantages that VMware vCenter Converter has and doesn’t have are also involved.

Easy to use. It provides a single web-based console for users to centrally manage all tasks with no trouble. It requires no extra client installation, all you need to do is to log in to the portal in a web browser.

Extremely high compatibility. It allows effortless V2V across most mainstream virtual platforms including VMware, Citrix Hypervisor (formerly XenServer), XCP-ng, oVirt, Red Hat Virtualization (RHV), Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager (OLVM), OpenStack, Sangfor HCI, Huawei FusionCompute, and H3C CAS/UIS.

Less limitation on Linux virtual machines. Unlike VMware vCenter Converter, Vinchin Backup & Recovery carries no specific conversion limitations in terms of the type of guest OS. Whether it’s a Windows or Linux VM you wish to migrate, as long as it’s running in a Vinchin supported virtual platform, you can always choose to re-configure the resources on a single virtual machine as you like.

Cross-platform instant restore. Besides regular full VM restore, Vinchin Backup & Recovery also integrates instant restore capability into cross-platform scenarios. This is especially useful if you deploy a multi-hypervisor environment in the data center. When something’s wrong with one of the virtual platforms, yet the continuity of key services needs to be ensured, you can just immediately get the crashed VM up and running on a host with a different hypervisor in 15 seconds.

Cost-effective. With VM backup, restore, and V2V all integrated into one software, the licensing models of Vinchin Backup & Recovery are still highly flexible and affordable, when compared with many other backup solutions that don’t offer so many features.

How to make a V2V migration with Vinchin Backup & Recovery?

Like what is mentioned earlier, the operations on the software are very simple, let’s take RHV to VMware migration as an example. To get it done, you only need 4 steps.

Step 1: Choose a restore point.

Open the console, go to VM Backup > Restore to configure a full restore job.

All existing restore point(s) created in the previous VM backup jobs will be shown in the list.

Step 2: Choose a restore destination.

All added virtual infrastructure will be shown in the list, simply select a host you want the VM to run on. You can also configure the target VM including name, CPU, RAM, virtual disk, and virtual network here, if you want to re-allocate the resources.

Step 3: Setup the restore strategy.

Set up restore and transmission options for the VM restore job.

Step 4: Review the configurations, and submit the job.

Review the job configurations and submit the creation of the job. After this, the conversion job will run automatically.

When it’s done, you can enjoy your VMware trip with all your old VM data! You can apply for a 60-day free full-featured trial of Vinchin Backup & Recovery to explore its ease-of-use in person.

Wrap Up

VMware vCenter Converter (Standalone) is a useful product for easy V2V/P2V migration of Windows and Linux servers, but it is not available for download from VMware website since February this year, considering the lack of compliance requirements.

For users who still have the need of doing VMware V2V from other virtual platforms, Vinchin Backup & Recovery with high compatibility and cross-platform restore performance can be the best alternative solution of VMware vCenter Converter to help you get the goal in an even easier way.


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