Saturday, November 26, 2011

P2V with VMware Converter Standalone 5 and sync feature

For this blog post number 100 (uh la laa) I decided to spice things up a bit with video tutorial showing some of the new features in VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5 including the enhanced synchronize feature (it also existed in v4 but it didn't work too well..).

The video guides you through the migration wizard and discusses some relevant use cases for the sync feature.

Here's a link to Converter Standalone 5

Remember that as of v4.3 Windows Server 2000 is no longer supported as a source OS, so to convert win2k use Converter Standalone v4.01 in stead. In the release notes you can see supported guest operating systems.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Downloading VMware tools seperately from VMware site

The other day I had to extract the VMware tools ISO for a customer. One way to do it is to log on to a VM that has not updated VMware tools to latest version, choose to upgrade VMware tools manually and then copy all of the files on the mounted ISO and make a new ISO.

However, the different versions of VMware tools can also be downloaded directly from VMware's website on There are also tools version for Windows servers.

I found some more info on it on this site