VMware Making P2V Easier With VMware Converter 3

Virtualization software giant VMware Inc. announced the release of its VMware Converter 3 migration tool that has been receiving high marks during its beta period. VMware Converter 3 automates the Physical-to-Virtual (P2V) and Virtual-to-Virtual (V2V) conversion process for creating VMware virtual machines from physical machines, other virtual machine formats or third-party image formats. The product is offered

Virtualization software giant VMware Inc. announced the release of its VMware Converter 3 migration tool that has been receiving high marks during its beta period.

VMware Converter 3 automates the Physical-to-Virtual (P2V) and Virtual-to-Virtual (V2V) conversion process for creating VMware virtual machines from physical machines, other virtual machine formats or third-party image formats.

The product is offered in two versions. The VMware Converter Starter Edition is VMware's free version of the product and enables one conversion at a time. The VMware Converter Enterprise edition on the other hand enables multiple concurrent conversions and is available at no additional cost to VMware customers who have current support and subscription contracts for VMware VirtualCenter.

VMware claims that experienced virtualization customers and those who are new to the technology alike can implement virtualization quickly using the intuitive wizard-driven interface of VMware Converter. The product helps automate many of the manual steps that were previously required to convert a physical machine to a virtual machine.

VMware Converter's central management console enables customers to easily manage thousands of conversions and benefit from:

  • Faster IT infrastructure virtualization. VMware Converter accelerates the process of transitioning to virtualized infrastructure by enabling fast, reliable and non-disruptive P2V and V2V conversions with its use of sector-based snapshot copying, or "hot cloning." VMware Converter takes a snapshot of the source machine before migrating the data, allowing users to transfer physical servers to virtual machines without shutting them down and eliminating the server downtime and reboots associated with traditional "cold" cloning migration tools. This results in fewer failed conversions and zero downtime on the source server compared to traditional file-level copying.

  • Automation and ease of use. VMware Converter's central management console enables easy management and scheduling of multiple P2V or V2V conversions. Using its simple wizards, IT administrators can convert a physical machine into a virtual one in just a few steps, and remote cloning enables them to clone machines remotely rather than converting each one manually.

  • Scalability. Converting servers manually one at a time is time consuming and labor intensive. VMware Converter provides a centralized management interface to enable remote concurrent conversion of many physical servers or virtual machines simultaneously for virtualization projects of varying sizes.

  • Broad hardware and software support. VMware Converter provides broad hardware and OS support including Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 (including 64-bit versions of these), as well as Windows 2000 and Windows NT 4 SP4+.

VMware Converter Starter Edition is available free of charge and can be downloaded, here.

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