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VMware Standalone Converter: more recent versions do not support older operating systems

Posted by jpluimers on 2021/05/14

It pays to keep several versions of VMware Standalone Converter at hand as newer supporters do support newer operating systems and ESXi versions, but do not support older operating systems.

Hopefully the free StarWind V2V converter that does also support P2V has a broader support for older versions.

Some relevant links:


[WayBack] Free Tools VMware VMware vSphere goodies and freebies. VMware Monitoring tools, backup. Those tools are Free to use in production environment, no time limit

[WayBack] Cool Free VPN Server Software SoftEther VPN | ESX Virtualization

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VMware Converter downloads

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/08/02

Since the VMware site is a maze, so below are some download and information links.

[WayBack] Upgraded to 6.1.1. build-3533064 – cannot restore from Acronis TrueImage TIB files… |VMware Communities -> you need 6.0 or earlier for that:

Support notice

VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 6.0 is the last release of the product to support third-party backup images and virtual machines as sources for conversion. This capability will be discontinued in the next release. If you use this capability, you should start planning your transition.


Third-party backup images and virtual machines – to be discontinued. See Support notice.

  • Acronis True Image Echo 9.1 and 9.5, and Acronis True Image Home 10 and 11 (.tib)
  • Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery (formerly LiveState Recovery) 6.5, 7.0, 8.0, and 8.5, and LiveState Recovery 3.0 and 6.0 (.sv2i format only)
  • Norton Ghost version 10.0, 12.0, and 14.0 (.sv2i format only)
  • Parallels Desktop 2.5, 3.0, and 4.0 (.pvs and .hdd). Compressed disks are not supported
  • Parallels Workstation 2.x (.pvs). Compressed disks are not supported. Parallels Virtuozzo Containers are not supported.
  • StorageCraft ShadowProtect Desktop, ShadowProtect Server, ShadowProtect Small Business Server (SBS), ShadowProtect IT Edition, versions 2.0, 2.5, 3.0, 3.1, and 3.2 (.spf)
  • The Microsoft VHD format for the following sources:
    • Microsoft Virtual PC 2004 and Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 (.vmc)
    • Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 and 2005 R2 (.vmc)

For conditions and limitations about converting Backup Exec System Recovery, ShadowProtect, and Consolidated Backup images, see the VMware vCenter Converter Standalone User’s Guide.

Edit 20210810:


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Moving Mac OS X VMware Fusion VMs to ESXi (via: Ask Different)

Posted by jpluimers on 2014/03/23

Interesting read: vmware – Moving Fusion VMs to ESXi – Ask Different.

I was kind of expecting something like this, as VMware has been notoriously bad at proving Mac OS X tools (whereas their VMware Workstation for Linux is on par with their Windows product, Linux also lacks a vSphere Client and a standalone VMware vCentre Converter).

Good to have my expectations confirmed. Not so good that this is a tedious process.

Note that you need twice the disk size on your Mac, as you recreate the vmdk files on your Mac in a format that ESXi understands.

Oh well…

Note there are even more tedious ways, but good to know they exist.

I really wish VMware Fusion could do what you can do with VMware Workstation to manage your ESXi hosts (including Free ESXi) & VMs.



More links:


Posted in ESXi4, ESXi5, ESXi5.1, ESXi5.5, Fusion, Power User, Virtualization, VMware, VMware Converter, VMware ESXi | Leave a Comment »

my 2010 blog in review

Posted by jpluimers on 2011/01/03

Don’t you love automated stuff.
Wordpress has a helper monkey that wrote me an email with stats, very similar to the results below.

From the stats page, I already know that popular posts not only include Delphi (where I originally came from) but also lots of other technologies: vmware, .NET, JRE, infrastructure.
Currently I’m doing quite a bit of iPhone/iPad work, so that likely will be reflected in the results next year.

What amazes me is the most popular day: according to the helper monkey it had 1 view :-)

Don’t you love the computing business :-)


Helper Monkey Results

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow. Read the rest of this entry »

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Windows XP: changing the HAL to support multiple cores (actually: two CPUs)

Posted by jpluimers on 2010/10/14

A while ago, I moved a single CPU Windows XP VM from VMware Workstation to ESXi 4.1 using the standalone VMware vCenter converter.
In ESXi, I increased the CPU count from 1 to 2, and wanting to to for 4 (since  I had been running Windows on a quadcore CPU before).

Well, that turned out to be harder than I thought… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in ESXi4, Power User, Reference, Virtualization, VMware, VMware Converter, Windows, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP | 6 Comments »

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