[dba-VB] running virtual machines in Windows 2008

Gustav Brock gustav at cactus.dk
Sun Oct 3 08:27:00 CDT 2010

Hi John

The converter which I and Shamil posted a link for should work.
But nothing stops you from bringing your old VMs to Win2008. Just install the current version of VMware Server and bring in and launch your VMs. The first release of its browser-based console was clumsy and slow but the current works like a dream and makes management extremely flexible.

This is not to say that you should refrain from using the MS hypervisor. My impression is that this is a mature product as well, and so are XenServer of Citrix and Oracle/Sun VirtualBox.


>>> jwcolby at colbyconsulting.com 03-10-2010 06:27 >>>
I have always used VMWare VMs.  Free, easy.  Now the old 1.10 won't install in my new Windows 2008 
server.  The core service fails to install.  Sigh.

I have been considering moving to Microsoft's equivelent, and Windows 2008 has the hypervisor 
built-in so here we go.

I am looking at WinImage as a conversion tool.  No idea what is involved.  I need to get my VMs out 
of VMWare into ? in MS land.

I still have my old server up and will likely keep it around for awhile so I can continue to run the 
old VMWare VMs until I manage to convert.

Any comments or words of wisdom?

John W. Colby

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