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How Can I Convert VMware to Hyper-V Fast and Safe

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Jun 14, 2024 • Filed to: Windows Computer Solutions • Proven solutions

Virtualization is a great way in order to extend the efficiency of hardware in one's organization. Nowadays, most companies have virtualized their environment with VMware, Hyper-V, or others. However, it does not matter what platform you use, but your virtual machines have to be back up to save from data loss and downtime.

NAKIVO Backup & Replication can't only back up VMware and Hyper-V VMs, but they also assist you in this matter in running VMware backups on Hyper-V. In this article, we will list out the most achievable methods to convert VMware VMs into Hyper-V VMs.

Part 1: Steps to Prepare a VM for Migration

Before converting a VMware VM to Hyper-V, there are particular steps that need to perform in order to prevent errors and a faster migration process.

Part 2: Methods to Convert VMware VMs into Hyper-V VMs

This part explains all the best-known methods to convert VMware VMs into Hyper-V VMs.

Method 1. Convert with Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter

Consider an example of converting a VMware-based VM to Hyper-V VM to a Hyper-V VM with the help of Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter.
Here are the input parameters: A VM (version 7) is functioning on ESXi 6.5. It has one virtual disk, without snapshots, and the VMware Tools suite is not installed. Follow the next steps to proceed.

select a machine type

select a migration destination

add hyper v host details

It is suggested to avoid the usage of the system disk (typically C:) to store VMs in production environments. Let's suppose the Hyper-V host is a remote machine, and then your chosen path possibly looks like \\\d$\Virtual\Hyper-V

specify the path for storing converted virtual hard disks

add the details for the source

select a virtual machine

determine the final state of virtual machines

select the workspace folder

begin the process

process is completed

edit settings

Method 2. Copying files using WinSCP client

A free application-WinSCP uses FTP, SCP, SFTP, and WebDAV protocols for data transformation. If possible, go for SFTP. You need to follow the below steps to continue the process.

add the details

drag and drop the virtual disks


The above article has covered the VMware VMs to Hyper-V format conversion. For this purpose, we have explained one of the most affordable tools, which is the Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter. Read through the entire article to cope up with the issues that occurred during the VM conversion. 

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Which platforms are supported by VMware and Hyper-V?

Most of the operating systems, including Linux, Unix, Windows, and macOS, are supported by VMware. However, Hyper-V is bounded to Windows and a few more, including FreeBSD and Linux.

2. How VMware and Hyper-V manage security?

VMware security is managed via data encryption at rest and in motion, also in the course of workload migration. Whereas Hyper-V security is managed by Active Directory. It has other security components too that are far broader than VMware's.

3. What is the difference between the snapshot technology of VMware and Hyper-V?

It is a technology that enables you to record a point-in-time copy of a VM and all the contained data. The term 'Snapshots' is used in VMware, whereas it is called 'Checkpoints' in Hyper-V. In VMware, it has 32 snapshots per VM, but Hyper-V has 64 snapshots per VM. The running snapshots in production are available in Hyper-V and not in VMware.

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