Free Virtual Machine Converter


The Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter Tool:

  • Provides a quick, low-risk option for VMware customers to evaluate Hyper-V
  • Converts VMware VMs, virtual disks and configuration, (memory, virtual processor, etc.) from the source to Hyper-V
  • Uninstalls the VMware tools on the source VM and installs the Hyper-V Integration Services as appropriate
  • Includes an easy-to-use wizard-driven GUI simplifying VM conversion

The current MVMC Beta supports converting virtual machines created with:

  • VMware vSphere 4.1
  • VMware vSphere 5.0

To virtual machines for:

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Hyper-V
  • Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 SP1

Download Virtual Machine Converter Beta

5 open source virtualization technologies


Short for Kernel-based Virtual Machine, KVM, is not as widely deployed as other open source hypervisors, but its stature is growing rapidly. KVM is a full virtualization hypervisor and can run both Windows and Linux guests.

Kernel-based Virtual Machine, KVM
http://www.linux-kvm.org

 

Xen supports paravirtualization and "hardware assisted" virtualization for modified and un-modified guests, respectively.

http://www.xen.org

OpenVZ is container-based virtualization for Linux which has become quite popular among the mass-market Linux hosting providers as an inexpensive way to provide virtual private servers.
http://openvz.org

VirtualBox runs on Windows, Linux, Solaris and Mac OS X and can support all those operating systems as guests.
http://www.virtualbox.org

Lguest
http://lguest.ozlabs.org/