Can I move virtual machines from one server to another?

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wstark
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Logan, how can a VMware hypervisor run a Microsoft virtual PC image? I thought they were completely separate architectures for emulating computer hardware.

Logan Harbaugh
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Yes, Virtual Machines (VMs) can be moved from one server to another, and even from one brand of hypervisor to another, for instance from a VM on VMware to a VM on Hyper-V. This can be done either for management reasons, to balance out loads or because a different  administrator needs to run the VM, or for failover reasons – to ensure that a critical guest OS continues to function even if one physical server crashes. These functions may require additional software, either additional modules from the hypervisor vendor or aftermarket software from additional vendors.

secubios
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This can be done either for T&A SW management reasons, to balance out loads or because a different  administrator needs to run the VM, 

Logan Harbaugh
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You can't directly run a VMware vmdk file on Hyper-V, or vice-versa, but there are a number of backup packages and utilities that can enable you to convert a VMDK to a VHD or a VHD to a VMDK. There are a few gotchas such as ensuring that a SCSI-based VMDK has IDE drivers loaded before converting to a VHD, but in general, the process works well. You can use similar tools to capture the configuration of a physical server and convert it to a virtual one, or take a VM and turn it back into a standalone server.

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