Saturday, 11 April 2009

VMC to Hyper-V Import Tool

The March issue of the TechNet magazine had a Utility Spotlight on an excellent tool by Matthijs ten Seldam called the VMC2HV Import Tool: TechNet Magazine: Utility Spotlight VMC to Hyper-V Import Tool.

This is a screenshot from the above article:

VMC to Hyper-V Import Tool

The tool enables us to take a Virtual Server based virtual machine along with the requisite VMC file settings and import them into Hyper-V so that there is very disruption to the virtual machine.

Matthijs also has a blog post on the tool: VMC to Hyper-V Import Tool Available.

The tool can be downloaded via the TechNet article, or Matthijs’s blog post.

From Matthijs’s blog:

So what does the tool offer? In a list of features:

· Import of VMC files of both VS2005 and VPC2007

· Creation of VM on local Hyper-V host

· Creation of VM on remote Hyper-V host

· Validation of virtual disk and ISO files in local scenario

· Editing of virtual drive image paths (vhd, vfd, iso)

· Swapping of the first SCSI disk with the first IDE disk

· Specification of static MAC addresses

· Specification of either legacy (emulated) or enhanced network adapter

· Specification of # of virtual processors and resource control

· Specification of management settings

· Specification of COM ports

· Specification of device boot order

· Specification of alternate Virtual Machine path

· Built-in help in CHM file

· Support for both x86 and x64 Vista and Server 2008

For those of us still in the process of migrating VMs from Virtual Server to Hyper-V without the use of System Center Virtual Machine Manager, this tool is quite handy.

Philip Elder
Microsoft Small Business Specialists
Co-Author: SBS 2008 Blueprint Book

*All Mac on SBS posts will not be written on a Mac until we replace our now missing iMac! (previous blog post)

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