VMware vCenter Converter Standalone provides an easy-to-use solution to automate the process of creating VMware virtual machines from physical machines (running Windows and Linux), other virtual machine formats, and third-party image formats. Through an intuitive wizard-driven interface and a centralized management console, Converter Standalone can quickly and reliably convert multiple local and remote physical machines without any disruptions or downtime. It was (and still it is) one of the most used tools to perform Physical to Virtual (P2V) activities.
VMware vCenter Standalone Converter is usually updated with new version of vSphere, although it is no more included with the vSphere suite itself (the Enterprise edition of Converter was dropped with vSphere 5.0). But there are a few issues that you can have with VMware Converter and vSphere 5.x that you have to know and take care.
One possible issue after a vSphere 5 upgrade using an in-place upgrade of vCenter Server could appear when you forget to remove the Converter Enterprise plugin (and/or the Guided Consolidation plugin). As you know some products has been removed from vSphere 5, and their plugins may remain in a “orphan” state. The result of this issue is that you will have a “broken” plugins list (with some plugins that are no more available) and also a wrong vCenter health status, due to some services that are no more existing:
With the new version of VMware vSphere there are some small and big changes: some products and features were removed, but also some new features were addes (for the 140 new features of vSphere 5 see: vSphere 5.0 Features and Duncan’s 50 out of 140 vSphere 5 Features Challenge). Who is out: the old ESX (the legacy ESX with the full Service Console) has gone, see: ESX and GSX are dead?! the old Converter Enterprise (integrated in vCenter Server) has gone and only the Standalone Converter remain but in this was there is not more […]
Read the full story on: http://www.vladan.fr/vmware-vcenter-converter-standalone-5-0-final-available/ The VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.0 includes the following new functionality: Full supporto of vSphere 5. Optimized disk and partition alignment and cluster size change. Preserving the LVM configuration on the source machine during Linux conversions. Enhanced synchronization including options for scheduling synchronization tasks and performing multiple synchronization tasks in a conversion job. Conversion data is encrypted between the source and the server. Restoring VCB images.