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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Physical to Virtual Machine Conversion–Using Microsoft Virtual Machine Convertor 3.0


We just tested MVMC 3.0 (updated on 2 Dec 2014) to perform P2V for the following guest operating system:-

  • Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Download MVMC 3.0 – Click here

    Make sure MVMC is installed on the host which has installed the following requirements:-

  • .Net Framework 3.5 and .Net 4 (if host running Win 2008 R2 SP1)
  • .Net framework 4.5 (if host running Win 2012 or Win 8)
  • Visual C++ Redistribution for Visual Studio 2012 Update 1. Download Update 4 from here
  • Install BITS feature. Make sure BIT-Compact Server. We forget to install Compact Server features, causing us to fail P2V a server. So remember, to drill into BIT and tick Compact Server features.
  • a Shared folder (refer to screenshot)
  • a Working Folder (refer to screenshot)
  • [ Configuration ]

    Select “Physical machine conversion”


    Enter your source (physical server) details and authentication


    MVMC will install an agent into the source machine


    Once detected, the system will list down and allow you to select partition to convert to Hyper-V Virtual disk. You can select to convert all disk or selected disk. Here it also allow you to specify VHD type format: dynamic or fixed disk.


    Enter new VM name and VM specification (CPU and Memory)


    Next is enter your destination Hyper-V Server detail and credential to hold the virtual machine result.


    Specify a temporary share folder to host the conversion data . Make sure you have sufficient hard disk space.


    The end result will store in working folder


    On the next page, you can define to connect to virtual switch or remain unconnected


    Review the summary before begin the P2V process.


    The end result, MVMC will convert to

    • VHD format
    • Size remain the same after conversion. Mean if your existing size is 1 TB and use space only 30GB, the end result will create 1 TB size. You still need to perform own shrinking to reduce the size.
    • Additional data disk will remain in offline state. You need to manually online the disk. The disk will located in SCSI controller.
    • Virtual disk will name according to drive letter. Example: C.vhd, D.vhd.