The final of VMware Converter 3.0 is now available for download. I reviewed VMware Converter 3 Beta sometime ago. I liked the tool, but it was a bit unreliable. The final seems to work better, although, I only converted one machine using VMware Converter 3 Starter Edition.
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For my first test, I used a virtual machine instead of a physical one running under VMware Workstation 5.5. However, I told VMware Converter that it is a physical machine. To my surprise, it really worked. I remotely connected to this VM telling VMware Converter the IP and the credentials.
As destination I chose a shared folder on the same machine where VMware Converter was running. My source system, i.e. the VM running on VMware Workstation, was also on this computer. So, there was only one physical machine involved in my test. As destination format, I used VMware Workstation/Server. You can also convert to the ESX format.
My source machine was running Windows Server 2003 SP1 and had one hard disk with about 4 GB space occupied. The good news is that you can also use VMware Converter to resize a virtual disk. When I tested the Beta I wasn't sure if the the Starter Edition would have this feature.
The whole conversion process took me just a couple of minutes. After 99% VMware Converter stopped the conversion telling me that it failed. But the new VM worked without any problems.
I didn't find any hints in the logs why I got the error message. By the way, it is quite complicated to access these log files. You have to use Windows Explorer on the source machine to access the log files of the agent. VMware Converter has its own log files. Why can't I access all these log files from the VMware Converter user interface?
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I like VMware Converter 3. After all, the Starter Edition is for free. I'll probably convert some "real" physical machine soon with it. Stay tuned!