Convert Hyper-V VM into VMware VM


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In this blog I will go through the steps followed to convert a Hyper-V virtual machine into VMware virtual machine in my lab. I am using VMware vCenter Converter Standalone to perform this.

Using converter we can migrate a Hyper-V VM directly into vCenter. Since, I don't have connectivity from a single place to both Hyper-V and vCenter server, I am doing it in a two step process.

Create and Convert a Hyper-V VM

I installed Hyper-V in a Windows server 2022 VMWare virtual machine.

Enabled Hyper-V and related roles from the server manager but the validation check failed with error:

Hyper-V cannot be installed: The processor does not have required virtualization capabilities

Fixed this by enabling "Expose hardware virtualization to the guest OS" in the CPU setting of the VM

  • Created a VM from Hyper-V manager

  • Installed ubuntu (minimal) guest OS. I didn't configure the network interface as this is only for testing.

  • Powered off the VM

  • Installed VMware Converter Standalone in another VM (Converter VM)

  • Opened VMWare converter -> Convert machine

  • Source:

    Powered off, Hyper-V Server -> enter Hyper-V server details

Now, VMWare converter will try to install agent on the Hyper-V server. This step failed with error:

VMWare VCenter Converter Standalone "insufficient permissions to connect to ""\$ADMIN$ "

I copied the Converter standalone agent installer from "C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\VMware vCenter Converter Standalone" in the converter VM into Hyper-V server and installed.

  • Selected VM

    VM selection failed with error:

Permission to perform this operation was denied

I was using the domain user credential, to overcome this error I used local administrator credentials of the Hyper-V server.

  • Destination:

    Type: VMware workstation

    Select the location to store the VM files

    Provide the target path credentials

  • Verify the details and submit the job

  • Once the job finished I checked the target path. There were vmdk and vmx files.

Restore the converted VM into vCenter

  • Copied VM files into a machine from where I have the connectivity into vCenter

  • Used Converter to deploy the VM into vCenter

    VMware Converter -> Convert machine

    Source: Powered off VMware workstation or other virtual machines

    Browse and select the copied vmx file

    Destination: VMware Infrastructure Virtual machine

    Provide vCenter details

  • Provide the VM name and inventory location

  • Select the cluster and datastore

  • Verify the details and submit the job