VMware Announces Virtual Machine Importer 2.0 RC

One aspect of VMware that they have often prided themselves on is this whole notion of virtual machine portability and interoperability. With so many different virtualization platforms to choose from, just within the VMware family of products alone, it is important to have some level of confidence that if you create a virtual machine in one product, you should be able to easily import it over to another and then

One aspect of VMware that they have often prided themselves on is this whole notion of virtual machine portability and interoperability. With so many different virtualization platforms to choose from, just within the VMware family of products alone, it is important to have some level of confidence that if you create a virtual machine in one product, you should be able to easily import it over to another and then power it on and begin using it. This hasn't always been the case. Over the years, VMware has painstakingly undergone numerous processes to define compatibility between their own virtualization platforms and the underlying virtual hardware found in their virtual machines.

To further that effort, VMware has announced that its second generation of Virtual Machine Importer has entered release candidate stage. Virtual Machine Importer 2.0 is the latest utility for IT professionals and software developers and testers that work with virtual machines. The product is a freely available, stand-alone utility that is used to import virtual machines from a variety of source formats into most VMware product environments.

VMware Virtual Machine Importer 2.0 allows you to move virtual machines across test/development and production environments based on different virtualization products, convert virtual machines for use across different VMware product formats, and populate new virtual machine environments quickly from a large directory of existing virtual machine appliances. And perhaps the most interesting ability of this utility is that it allows you to create VMware virtual machines from third-party system images such as Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery (formerly known as LiveState) and Microsoft Virtual Server (much to Microsoft's chagrin).

VMware claims their Virtual Machine Importer utility works in three simple steps:

  1. Specify the source virtual machine or system image to import
  2. Specify the destination format, virtual machine name, and location for the new virtual machine being created
  3. Virtual Machine Importer automates the virtual machine creation and conversion process

There are still some compatibility issues with certain configurations, older Microsoft operating systems, Linux and 64-bit guest operating systems, so be sure to read the release notes prior to use. The release candidate is available for download.

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