vCenter Converter 4 Released
On Feb. 12, VMware released version 4 of the popular vCenter Converter
Among the important new features are Linux conversion support, Windows Server
2008 support, some post-conversion task features, as well as enhanced image and
virtual format compatibility.
Many administrators take the P2V
conversion for granted, but in fact this is more important than ever, since
conversion tasks are growing in complexity and scope. One of the new features
that can assist administrators in this regard is workflow automation. This
allows an automatic shutdown of the source system and service management on the
destination system, so that data in transit can be protected. These types
of factors can make or break a successful conversion; to have it built into
the free product is a big plus.
But along with these new features and
platform support, be aware that vCenter Converter drops support for other
platforms. Windows NT 4.0 as a hot clone source is no longer supported,
and ESX 2.5 is no longer a supported destination. The previous
version of vCenter Converter includes Vista support (supported in version
3.0.3) as well as NT hot cloning and ESX 2.5 server support, so it may be worth
holding onto older versions to fill out the support matrix for your
It is important to note that this release is only for the
free, standalone starter edition of Converter. The enterprise edition, which
integrates with vCenter Server, isn't out yet. The full release of the next
release of VMware Infrastructure will likely incorporate some incarnation of
vCenter Converter Enterprise Edition.
vCenter Converter has been a
lifesaver for many virtual environments, and version 4 should continue this
trend into the next generation of VMware virtualization. Give it a spin and tell me
your thoughts on the version 4,
especially if you use the Linux conversion functionality.
Posted by Rick Vanover on 02/18/2009 at 12:47 PM