Tuesday, April 28, 2015

vSphere Standalone Converter

How to Install and Use the Standalone Converter

1. Download the tool from vmware.com/downloads and burn it into a cd/dvd.

2. Double click on the executable and install it on a Windows pc/server. In this case, the converter was installed on a Windows 7 pc. Select the client-server installation choice.

3. Launch the tool and log in.

4. Convert a Windows Server into a virtual machine. Disable the firewall of the target server prior to the start of the conversion so that the agent can be added. The converter allow for the changing of the virtual hardware by for example adding additional cpus, more RAM and so forth.

NOTE: If converting a linux server, first install the openssh-server package on the linux machine; add a password for root and edit  /etc/ssh/sshd_config and restart the ssh service.

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