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How to convert a Hyper-V VHDX to VMDK for VMware Workstation

Starwind Software

In this post we’ll look at how to convert a Hyper-V virtual machine using the VHDX format virtual disk to a VMware Workstation virtual machine using the vmdk format virtual disk.

Until Windows 8 I’ve used VMware Workstation for testing, but with the advent of  Windows 8 and the built in Hyper-V I decided to give it a try and have been using it quite happily ever since. In the near future though I’m going to be looking at some vSphere testing, and from memory recall that you can nest it within VMware Workstation, so I thought I would give the latest version a go.

The only problem is I don’t want to rebuild my current test environments so I need some way of converting the VHDX that Hyper-V uses to vmdk that VMware Workstation uses.

My first thought was VMware converter, but that doesn’t support VHDX, so looking around on the Internet I cam across a nifty bit of FREE software from StarWind Software- StarWind V2V Converter.

You have to register to download the product, but once you have and installed it below are the steps I took to convert a UEFI Boot, Gen 2, 2012 R2, Hyper-V VM using VHDX to vmdk for VMware Workstation.

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Veeam Task Manager for Hyper-V released

Veeam have released a new free tool which looks pretty useful for small Hyper-V deployments, Veeam Task Manager for Hyper-V.

On a Hyper-V machine we know that the host Task Manager only shows the performance of the parent partition, and you have to use PowerShell or Hyper-V Manager to view performance of the guest virtual machines.

Veeam Task Manager for Hyper-V

Veeam have combined the two in their new Veeam Task Manager for Hyper-V. It only shows you the CPU and Memory utilisation, but if you are troubleshooting performance and don’t have a big performance monitoring application in place I suspect it will be pretty useful.

Veeam official announcement: Veeam Task Manager for Hyper-V

Veeam Task Manager how-to article: http://hyperv.veeam.com/task-manager-hyper-v-announce/

Veeam Task Manager for Hyper-V download.

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4. Veeam file level restore error – No disks have been mounted

5. ESXi 5.1 – VMware Tools – [warning] [vmusr:vmusr] Error in the RPC receive loop: RpcIn: Unable to Send.

How to add a USB disk to a Windows 2012 Hyper-V VM

Windows Server 2012 R2

In this post I’ll show you how to mount a USB drive inside a Hyper-V virtual machine.

If you work in an environment where USB drives are allow to be used with servers this can be quite a handy way of getting access to external storage from within a vm. It’s a very useful way of seeding initial copies of backup data.

1. Attach the USB drive to the Hyper-V host server.

Disk Management2. Right click the USB disk (in our case Disk 1) and select Offline.

Disk Manager - Disk 1 - Offline

3. Disk 1 is now offline.

Disk Manager - Offline

4. Select the vm Settings of the vm that you want to Add the USB drive to and select the SCSI Controller, highlight Hard Drive and click Add.

VM Settings - SCSI - Add Hard Drive

5. Select Physical hard disk, using the pull down menu you should see the offiline disk on the host available to you, select it and click Apply, click OK.

VM Settings - SCSI - Add Hard Drive - Physical Hard Drive

6. Within the vm start Server Manager, select the Tools menu, and select Computer Management, expand Disk Management, and you should the USB disk is offline. Right click Disk 2, and select Online.

VM Disk Management - Online

7. You can now see the disk in File Explorer on the VM and can copy data to and from it.

USB disk mounted in VM on Hyper-V

To dismount the disk perform the following steps.

1. In the VM go to Disk Management, and select Disk 2 (in this example) and set to Offline.

2. In the Settings of the VM, expand SCSI Controller, and select the Hard Drive that you have used to mount the USB disk. Click Remove, Apply, OK.

3. Right Click the USB icon in the System Tray and select Eject.

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4. Windows update fails on Hyper-V 2012 R2 generation 2 virtual machines

5. PowerShell: Get-ADComputer to retrieve computer last logon date – part 1

Training Resources for 74-409 Server Virtualization with Windows Server Hyper-V and System Center

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I’m currently studying for the Microsoft 74-409 exam: Server Virtualization with Windows Server Hyper-V and System Center, and have put together a list of resources which would be useful for anyone studying for the exam or interested in Hyper-V and System Center Virtual Machine Manager.

Microsoft are currently running a promotion at the moment and offering the exam free of charge (usually £99.00) if taken before 30th June 2014. See the link here for more details.

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How to enable Hyper-V on Windows 8.1 in VMware Workstation 9

Windows 8.1 and VMware Workstation 9

If you want to enable Windows 8.1 Preview Hyper-V feature, and your copy of Windows 8.1 is running as a virtual machine in VMware Workstation 9, you’ll find the Hyper-V Platform option is greyed out, and see the message:

Hyper-V cannot be installed: A hypervisor is already running.
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Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials Preview now available

Windows Server 2012

Microsoft have released Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview, Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials and Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 Preview today.

They can be downloaded from the following links:

Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview


Windows Server 2012 R2 Essential Preview


Microsoft Hyper-V  Server 2012 R2 Preview


The other noteable release is the Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8.1 Preview


With Windows 8.1 scheduled for tomorrow it’s going to be a busy week….