In this episode Symon interviews Matt McSpirit, a Senior Product Marketing Manager on the Windows Server & Management Team, to discuss the features and benefits of version 2.0 of the Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter (MVMC 2.0). The MVMC is a free Microsoft-supported, stand-alone solution for converting VMware virtual machines from VMware hosts to Hyper-V or Windows Azure. Get it here: http://aka.ms/mvmc.
The interview with Matt begins at [10:40].
- [11:05] What is the Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter (MVMC)?
- [11:40] How is the MVMC licensed?
- [12:10] What is the new in MVMC version 2.0?
- [12:55] Which versions of Hyper-V are supported as the destination?
- [13:10] How are the VHD versus VHDX file formats handled?
- [14:20] Which versions of VMware ESX(i) and vCenter are supported as the source?
- [14:45] Which guest operations systems are supported?
- [15:50] Do the VMs need to be running during the conversion?
- [16:15] What happens to the VM Tools (Integration Components)?
- [16:35] Can the VMs be move "live" with no downtime?
- [18:00] What actually happens when the virtual hard disk is converted from a VMDK to VHD?
- [19:25] What happens to the "in state" memory of the running VM on the source?
- [19:55] What happens to the virtual networks?
- [20:30] How is the VM's configuration information and metadata updated?
- [20:50] Are there any security or identity considerations?
- [21:30] Does it migrate to Generation 2 Hyper-V VMs?
- [22:15] How long does a conversion take and what factors influence the duration?
- [23:20] How does a migration to Azure work and what is different?
- [24:35] Is it possible to automate or script the process?
- [25:05] Can the Migration Automation Toolkit (MAT) be used?
- At [27:55] Matt shows a demo of migrating at VM from VMware to Hyper-V
- Next at [31:20] Matt shows a demo of migrating a VM from VMware to Azure
- [33:50] Where can users go to learn more?
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