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V2V Migration Tools for VMware to Alternative Platforms

2024-01-24 | Iris Lee

Table of contents
  • What is V2V converter?
  • Why you need V2V converter?
  • Common V2V converters
  • Powerful V2V Converter for multiple virtualization platforms
  • V2V migration FAQs
  • Conclusion

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Virtualization technology is a core component of modern IT infrastructure, allowing businesses to run multiple virtual machines on a single physical server, thereby improving resource utilization and flexibility. As an industry leader, VMware has long been synonymous with providing advanced virtualization solutions, with products like VMware vSphere helping countless small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) simplify their IT operations, reduce costs, and provide scalable virtual environments.

However, with Broadcom’s acquisition of VMware and the push for a shift from licensing models to subscription and core-based billing, many SMEs find themselves needing to reassess their virtualization platforms. This change could mean increased costs for some businesses and a reconsideration of licensing strategies. As a result, these enterprises have begun exploring new options on the market to find solutions that better fit their financial and technical requirements. These new options include open-source virtualization platforms like KVM or other commercial solutions such as Microsoft Hyper-V, which offer more flexible or cost-effective alternatives, leading to a wave of users migrating away from VMware’s ecosystem.

Moreover, in practical terms, they require a viable method to migrate existing virtual machines to the new environment. This is where V2V converters come into play.

What is V2V converter?

A V2V converter is a tool or service that is used to convert a virtual machine from one format or hypervisor to another. Hypervisors are the software, firmware, or hardware that create and run virtual machines. Different hypervisors have their own proprietary formats for VMs, so when you need to move a VM from one environment to another—for example, from VMware to Hyper-V or from Citrix XenServer to KVM—you need a way to convert the VM to the format required by the target hypervisor.

V2V converters handle the complex process of translating the VM’s configuration files, disk files, and other associated data from the source format to the target format. This process includes:

  • Converting the virtual disk file (e.g., from VMDK in VMware to VHD/VHDX in Hyper-V).

  • Adjusting configuration settings to match the capabilities and requirements of the target hypervisor.

  • Ensuring that the virtual hardware presented to the VM is compatible with the target environment.

Why you need V2V converter?

The converter is needed for many reasons but the most important goal is making IT environment have better performance.

With the growth of IT environment, the previous virtualization solution might not be suitable for the new IT environment, so new virtualization solution is needed. During the transitory stage, companies need to migrate VMs from old platform to new platform to securely use the new IT environment.

The old virtualization platform also has the chance to stay and works together with the new virtualization platform. After all, multi-hypervisor environment is not fresh now. However, different virtual platform has different compatibility for different applications. Moving VM to the right platform will let it provide better service for IT environment.

Flexibility of IT environment will be improved by migrating VM between different platforms. Virtualization technology makes you utilize the hardware resources of single server and V2V technology can make you fully utilize the hardware resource of all the servers.

Common V2V converters

Migrating from VMware to other platforms such as Microsoft Hyper-V, Proxmox VE, XenServer or OLVM involves different V2V converters and migration tools, each with its own unique features and benefits.

VMware to Hyper-V

1. Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter (MVMC): This free tool provided by Microsoft can convert VMware host and virtual hard disk files (VMDK) to Hyper-V compatible format (VHDX). MVMC supports a command line interface, which allows it to be integrated into scripts to automate batch conversion tasks.

2. System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM): SCVMM is a comprehensive management solution that not only supports Hyper-V, but also supports the management of VMware and XenServer. During the migration process from VMware to Hyper-V, SCVMM can provide an integrated migration path, simplify the migration process through a graphical interface, and make it easier to manage multiple virtualization platforms.

VMware to Proxmox

qemu-img tool: It is part of the QEMU virtualization package and is a very powerful tool for creating, converting and managing virtual disk images. It supports a variety of disk image formats, including VMDK, QCOW2, and VHD or VHDX. With it, you can easily convert VMware’s VMDK files to QCOW2 or other formats used by Proxmox VE.

VMware to XenServer

XenServer Conversion Manager: It’s a tool designed to simplify the process of converting and migrating virtual machines to the Citrix Hypervisor environment, which can convert VMware virtual machines into Citrix Hypervisor-compatible formats, simplifying migration from VMware to Citrix XenServer.

VMware to OLVM

Virt-v2v: This is a powerful conversion tool that can process virtual machines from VMware and convert them to oVirt or Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager (OLVM) supported formats. It handles complex transformations including network and storage configuration, and is often used with the libguestfs toolset to manage and modify virtual machine disk images.

Powerful V2V Converter for multiple virtualization platforms

Vinchin Backup & Recovery has self-developed Virtual Machine Convert Engine (VMCE) which can effectively convert the file formats and configurations of VM backup to match the formats on the target platform, meeting the needs of V2V migration, cross-platform recovery, mass VMs management, etc.

Compared with other converters, the dominating advantage of Vinchin Backup & Recovery is supporting V2V migration on multiple virtualization platforms, including VMware, Hyper-V, Citrix XenServer, Proxmox, Red Hat Virtualization, Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager, etc., up to 10+ mainstream platforms, while many other converters support just 2 or 3 platforms.

Besides, data encryption and anti-ransomware protection offer you dual insurance to protect your VM backups.

A user-friendly web console will facilitate an easy VM migration. For instance, if you would like to convert VMware VM to Hyper-V VM:

1. Select the VMware VM backup

Select the VMware VM backup

2. Select the target Hyper-V host

Select the target Hyper-V host

3. Simply set up restore strategies or directly skip this step

Simply set up restore strategies or directly skip this step

4. Just submit the job and then the VMware VM will be quickly restored on the Hyper-V host

Just submit the job

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V2V migration FAQs

1.Q: Does Vinchin V2V set restrictions on Linux VM migration?

A: No. You can easily restore any Windows/Linux VM from one virtual platform to another without a difference, as long as you have available restore points saved in the backup system.

2.Q: How to handle driver and tool compatibility issues during the migration process?

A: Some V2V converters provide driver injection functionality to replace or add necessary drivers during the migration process. In addition, integration services or tools for the target platform may need to be installed or updated after migration.


A V2V converter enables the adaptation of a VM for compatibility with a different virtualization platform. This tool is instrumental in transitioning from an outdated virtual environment to a more current one, optimizing application performance by identifying the most suitable environment, and enhancing the use of hardware resources.

Vinchin Backup & Recovery stands out as a versatile V2V converter, offering support for VM migration across a variety of virtualization platforms. Be sure to take advantage of the available free trial.

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