Get the original slides used in the presentation HERE.
Yes, essentials does not include vMotion.
From a migration perspective they are treated the same.
No Official PowerCLI cmdlets exist for this, but VMware does have a SDK HERE that can be used to build different types of conversion jobs if desired, thought the jobs functionality in the converter utility is usually enough for most use cases.
Get-VIEvent is the cmdlet for you! run Get-Help Get-VIEvent -full for fully detailed syntax information.
As of vSphere 6.5 it is possible to run a 2 node configuration. More information on this type of setup can be found HERE.
I've seen this before and the most common reason I've found is due to lack of storage drivers on the machine being converted, or the boot order is incorrect after the conversion job. in the advanced VM properties in vSphere you can force entry into the BIOS upon the next reboot to fix this.
You could potentially run into this if you allow both the source machine and the newly created VM to be powered on and on the same network segment at the same time. The converter provides options to power down the source machine and likewise power on the new VM if needed. Just something to plan for when doing conversions.
VMware Converter Standalone can be used for this use case as well.
Absolutely. So like in Hyper-V, VMware does have a software package that gets installed the guest VM for things like drivers, and management and orchestration with the host system. VMware's integration components equivalent is called VMware tools and it can be installed from the vSphere client UI by right clicking on a VM. You will want this installed on every VM. The Hyper-V integration components should be removed after the conversion job is successful.
The process is the same as a stand-alone Hyper-V Host.
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Andy is a Technical Evangelist for Altaro Software, and a Microsoft Cloud and Datacenter Management MVP, providing technical marketing and pre-sales expertise. Prior to that Andy spent the last 12+ years providing technology solutions across several industry verticals including, education, fortune 500 manufacturing, healthcare and professional services working for MSPs and Internal IT Departments. During that time he became an expert in VMware, Linux, and Network Security, but his main focus over the last 7 years has been in Virtualization, Cloud Services and the Microsoft Server Stack, with an emphasis on Hyper-V.