P2V & V2V Conversion

P2V & V2V Conversion

Last Updated on 5 Jan. 2015, Total: 5 Products

An extensive Physical to Virtual, or Virtual to Virtual software product directory

  1. VMware vCenter Converter

    Use the wizard-driven interface of VMware vCenter Converter to convert your physical machines to virtual machines. VMware vCenter Converter converts Microsoft Windows based physical machines and third party image formats to VMware virtual machines. It also converts virtual machines between VMware platforms. Automate and simplify physical to virtual machine conversions as well as conversions between virtual machine formats with VMware… Read More

  2. Double-Take MOVE

    Double-Take Move allows you to migrate physical and virtual workloads with real-time replication from a single, intuitive user console. Protect your productivity with resource friendly technology that eliminates user and application downtime during migrations. Double-Take Move migrates your entire environment including the file system, permissions, attributes, compression and encryption settings without suspending production operations. It also moves database files regardless… Read More

  3. PlateSpin Migrate

    Physical-to-virtual (P2V) workload conversions should not be a one-time activity. P2V migrations are a critical component for the successful adoption of virtualization, but to ensure optimal data center efficiency, enterprises need the flexibility to move and rebalance workloads in any direction between physical and virtual hosts. PlateSpin PowerConvert allows anywhere-to-anywhere portability and protection for all workloads in the data center… Read More

  4. Microsoft P2V Migration

    Microsoft P2V Migration for Software Assurance uses the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) and Sysinternals Disk2vhd to convert a user’s existing Windows XP or later client environment to a virtual hard disk (VHD), then automates the delivery of an updated and personalized Windows 7 operating system containing a virtual machine (VM) with the user’s previous Windows environment, applications, and Web browser… Read More

  5. Quest vConverter

    vConverter is a conversion solution that reduces the time and effort spent converting servers to the VMware, Microsoft, XenServer or Virtual Iron platforms. vConverter enables conversions without disrupting the source physical system during the conversion process. There are never any reboots, no need to visit machines being converted, no software to install on the source and no downtime. vConverter is… Read More


Free Tools for Virtualization

Free Tools

Last Updated on 25 Feb. 2016

A frequently updated list of useful virtualization freeware for network administrators

  1. Featured

    Altaro VM Backup v6 – Freeware Edition

    New v6 with VMware support! Altaro VM Backup (formerly Altaro Hyper-V Backup) is a hassle-free Virtual Machine backup software for Hyper-V and VMware. The intuitive interface allows you to set up and perform backups and restores easily. With Altaro VM Backup you will be scheduling and queuing jobs for your first VM backups in a matter of minutes. Back up… Read More

  2. Veeam Backup and Replication Free Edition for VMware and Hyper-v

    Cloning, copying or exporting a virtual machine (VM) can be time-consuming and resource intensive. And if you have to power off or pause the VM, it can be disruptive, too. But with VeeamZIP™ you can easily backup a VM for restore on any host. Whether you use VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V, or a combination of both, Veeam® Backup™ Free Edition… Read More

  3. VMTurbo Operations Manager Cloud Edition Free Trial

    VMTurbo Operations Manager is easily installed on the hypervisor/cloud platform of your choice within minutes. Cloud edition enables enterprise private cloud builders and cloud service providers to build and manage cloud infrastructures. The product understands priority and makes resource allocation decision across Organizational and Provider Virtual Datacenters, helping you to tier and assure service across a multi-tenant environment. Key features… Read More

  4. Netwrix Change Notifier for VMWare

    Enables you to control changes in your virtual environments by tracking changes to VMware virtual machine (VM) settings and the creation and deletion of VMs. 100% Free Tool… Read More

  5. Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE

    Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE is a standalone data-protection and disaster-recovery solution for physical machines (endpoints). It allows to protect entire endpoints, specific volumes and individual folders. It is able to perform a forever incremental backup without requiring a changed block tracking (CBT) file system driver… Read More

  6. NoMachine

    Turn your computer into your personal cloud. Take what’s important where you go, whether it’s at home or at the office. Wherever your desktop and your data is, you can reach it from the other side of the world in a few simple clicks. – Your own personal server, Private and secure, Access any time, anywhere and Share with who… Read More

  7. VMTurbo Virtual Health Monitor

    VMTurbo Virtual Health Monitor is a free real-time performance monitoring solution that can be deployed broadly across multiple hypervisor platforms. It enables you to gain visibility into your entire infrastructure, see and identify problems in real time, and generate performance and efficiency reports… Read More

  8. LoadMaster for Windows Azure

    The LoadMaster Load Balancer/ADC for Azure is simple to provision within the Azure IaaS platform. Provision through the Azure management portal, LoadMaster becomes a Public Endpoint, Connect Application Servers to LoadMaster for Azure on creation of the new instance, Start load balancing your workload… Read More

  9. RDPSoft Free Remote Desktop Admin Toolkit

    The RDPSoft Remote Desktop Admin Toolkit is a completely free set of 5 tools designed to ease the workload of Remote Desktop / Terminal Server administrators and other network admins. Keep an eye on how much bandwidth your users are using in their Remote Desktop sessions with the RDP Bandwidth Monitor. Quickly find and terminate the same hung processes in… Read More

  10. ObserveIT

    Record and Replay all remote user sessions on your network servers. Any remote access or console session is searchable and ready for playback! Protocol-agnostic: ObserveIT records Terminal Server, Citrix, Remote Desktop, SSH, VMware and more. ObserveIT makes easy work out of security audits by generating video and text logs for everything that happens on your servers. (Even for apps that… Read More

How to check if NUMA is enabled on ESX hardware?

You can check it by using ESXTOP:

1. Run esxtop

2. Press “m” to enter on memory statistics

3. Press “f” to change the fields displayed

4. Press “f” again to show NUMA related fields

If numa is enables, you will see values (like, 0, 1, 2, etc for each node) on the NHN column, like this image:


(In this picture there is a VM running on 2 NUMA nodes).

If not, you will see the “-” on the NHN column:

There is also a command to check directly if there are and how many are the NUMA nodes:

esxcli hardware memory get | grep NUMA


How to identify if ESXi is installed to SD card or local HDD?

In the vSphere client, Hosts and Clusters View (assuming vCenter), highlight the host in question. Configuration > Hardware > Storage > Change to Devices view. For each device, look down under device details, Primary Partitions, and look for the device that lists several partitions, including several “Legacy MBR” and a “VMware Diagnostic” partition. This should be the device that ESXi is installed on.





Change pool Type in VMware View- Auto/Manaul

post source : planetmattblog

Manually Add Desktop to Automated Pool

Situations may arise that require an administrator to add existing desktops to an existing View desktop pool. For example, two environments merge and a group of persistent desktops need to be combined into a new environment. This would also be useful if a desktop gets inadvertently removed from View.

Backup ADAM Database using

  • Launch Command Prompt with elevated credentials
  • Navigate to: C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware View\Server\Tools\bin

Figure 1 – Backup of ADAM Database

If the desktop is already a member of a desktop pool, remove the desktop from View Administrator (Optional)

Figure 2 – Remote Desktop from Pool

From a connection server, launch ADSI Edit and connect to the View ADAM instance. The connection settings are listed below.

Figure 3 – Connect to ADAM Database

Navigate to Server Groups, and select the pool to be modified.

Figure 4 – Modify Desktop Pool

Convert the pool from Automated to Manual by modifying the pae-ServerPoolType attribute in the ADAM database.

Automated Pool with naming pattern – Attribute Value = 1

Manual Pool – Attribute Value = 5

Automated Pool with manual naming– Attribute Value = 12

Note: There are other possible attributes that the desktop pool may be. Be sure to note the original pool type, so it can be changed back in step 8.

In View Administrator, the pool will be listed as manual pool.

Add the desktop to the pool as shown below, and refresh the status.

Figure 5 – Add Desktop to Pool

Return the pool back to the previous type by modifying the pae-ServerPoolType

Reassign user to View desktop (if applicable)

Figure 6 – Assign User to Desktop

Once the desktop is added back to the pool, and the pool is back to an automated pool, the desktop virtual machine should be available. In some cases, the desktop may go into a customizing state, and eventually change to Agent Unavailable.

To enable Copy and Paste option for a specific virtual machine or ESXi host

To resolve this issue, you must enable the Copy and Paste options using the vSphere Client. Alternatively, you can use RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol) to connect to the Windows virtual machines.

To enable Copy and Paste option for a specific virtual machine:
Note: This procedure will enable Copy and Paste within a file but not Copy the file itself.

Note: VMware Tools must be installed for the Copy and Paste option to work. For more information, see Installing VMware Tools in a Windows virtual machine (1018377).

  1. Log in to a vCenter Server system using the vSphere Client and power off the virtual machine.
  2. Select the virtual machine and click the Summary tab.
  3. Click Edit Settings.
  4. Navigate to Options > Advanced > General and click Configuration Parameters.
  5. Click Add Row.
  6. Type these values in the Name and Value columns:
    Name Value
    isolation.tools.copy.disable FALSE
    isolation.tools.paste.disable FALSE

    Note: These options override any settings made in the VMware Tools control panel of the guest operating system.

  7. Click OK to close the Configuration Parameters dialog, and click OK again to close the Virtual Machine Properties dialog.
  8. Power on the virtual machine.

Note: If you perform vMotion of a virtual machine to a host where the isolation.tools.*="FALSE" is already set, the Copy and Paste options are automatically activated for that virtual machine.

To enable Copy and Paste option for all the virtual machines in the ESXi/ESX host:

  1. Log in to the ESX/ESXi host as a root user.
  2. Take a backup of the /etc/vmware/config file.
  3. Open the /etc/vmware/config file using a text editor.
  4. Add these entries to the file:

    vmx.fullpath = “/bin/vmx”

  5. Save and close the file.
    1. The Copy and Paste options are only enabled when the virtual machines restart or resume the next time or shutdown and power-on the virtual machine for changes to take effect.  This must be done on the virtual machine side, not the guest operating system side.

    Note: These options do not persist after the host upgrade. If you upgrade to a newer version after enabling these options, the changes are lost and you may have to re-enable them.

Note: These options do not persist after the host upgrade. If you upgrade to a newer version after enabling these options, the changes are lost and you may have to re-enable them