VMware announced last week the beta phase for its virtual machine conversion tool VMware vCenter Converter Standalone. The previous stable version of vCenter Converter was released in 2009.

This tool provides a scalable solution to convert virtual (V2V) and physical (P2V) machines to VMware virtual machines. It is also possible to share virtual machines between products such as VMware Server, Player, Fusion and Workstation, in addition to virtual machines running on ESXi instances ( both managed and non managed by vCenter Server).

The VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.0 beta includes the following new functionality:

  • 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
  • Optimized disk and partition alignment and cluster size change
  • Conversion data is encrypted between the source and the server

VMware vCenter Converter 5.0 beta is available for download here.

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