This post is also available in: Italian
As you probably already know a VM is incapsulated with a set of files that define VM properties and objects. Some of those files are the virtual disks files and each vendor use its own format: VMware use the VMDK and Microsoft & Citrix use the VHD format. Note that there could be more sub-types (for example for the VMDK files, but we will explain in future posts). To convert between different format you can use some kind of converter to perform a virtual to virtual (V2V) task.
If you want to import some VHD files to vSphere 5, you can use:
- VMware Standalone Converter: it works fine, but the guest must be managed by Hyper-V and the guest must be powered on.
- Starwind Converter: Hyper-V is not involved in anyway, all your doing is converting the VHD file to VMDK and then import the vmdk file into your vSphere environment.
- WinImage: first thing you will need is Win Image 8.10. Then it can handle virtual disk convertion in a simple way (for more info see this howto).