Windows 10: Converting VMWare Windows VM to run on Linux hypervisors

Discus and support Converting VMWare Windows VM to run on Linux hypervisors in Windows 10 Virtualization to solve the problem; Hi Virtual Machine user Geeks !!! You can convert Windows VMWare VM's to run on KVM or XEN --- these are 2 of the Linux HYPERVISORS equivalent to... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Virtualization' started by jimbo45, Jun 3, 2019.

  1. jimbo45 Win User

    Converting VMWare Windows VM to run on Linux hypervisors


    Hi Virtual Machine user Geeks !!!

    You can convert Windows VMWare VM's to run on KVM or XEN --- these are 2 of the Linux HYPERVISORS equivalent to HYPER-V on Windows.

    For XEN (although KVM these days is the preferred method) :

    If you are using a Linux Host and have Windows VM's running under VMWare here's an interesting little experiment : Get the VM to run under XEN (one of Linux's HYPERVISOR). Copy / backup the VMWARE VM though first.

    1) you need to get the .vdmk files into a single "big" file if you used the option to create the VHD in "chunks".

    run this script : (as root of course)

    # for i in `ls *[0-9].vmdk`; do qemu-img convert -f vmdk $i -O raw ${i/vmdk/raw} ; done
    # cat *.raw >> flattened.img

    2) convert to "raw" using "Good old qemu" -- still working !!!

    # qemu-img convert vm1.vmdk -O raw /vms/vm1/vm1.img

    3) Create an appropriate Xen Project VM configuration file in /etc/xen/vm1/, with a line specifying the converted file as disk:
    disk = [ ‘file:/vms/vm1/vm1.img,hda,w’ ]

    4) Boot and go

    Still got some sound issues but looks good - ensure of course libvirt packages are installed.

    I'll have a go also with the other Linux HYPERVISOR system KVM and see what happens there too.

    I'm really interested in comparing performance of Windows VM's under these with Ms's HYPER-V - although one disadvantage of HYPER-V using a W10 Host is that the overhead of the Host OS (Windows 10) will be much higher than that of a lean mean linux distro especially if you install without a GUI.

    @Kari -- any ideas on maximizing performance of Windows HYPER-V VM's on a Windows Host (preferably W10).

    This stuff is quite addictive so ensure you have plenty of time before starting !!!!!!

    KVM though IMO is the way to go with this but I already had a little experience with XEN.

    For KVM : If you have RHEL or can get the virt-v package : it's easier but can't gurantee that you can do this easily on non Red Hat type distros. I have RHEL7/8 and Centos so no prob here.

    Converting Virtual Machines from Other Hypervisors to KVM with virt-v2v in RHEL 7 - Red Hat Customer Portal

    Works also on CENTOS (make sure >7.2) which is easily available (free) if you can't get RHEL --it's pretywell 100% comaptible with RHEL anyway

    package installs just fine on my CENTOS 7.6 system.


    Converting VMWare Windows VM to run on Linux hypervisors [​IMG]



    will post results of VM's back later


    Cheers
    jimbo

    :)
     
    jimbo45, Jun 3, 2019
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  2. How do i convert a Win 10 Pro Pysical machine to a vmware vm.

    I want to do this while using system resources.

    The vm will be hosted on the same hardware. I will be using VMware's free vSphere hypervisor on the bare metal that the win 10 machine is currently on.

    I have attempted to use the VMware stand alone converter but it fails.

    Assistance would be greatly appreciated.
     
    ArmySithLord, Jun 3, 2019
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  3. JRM
    jrm Win User
    Convert VMWare VM to Hyper-V


    Thanks for sharing.
    I bet someone will get sound working on a Hyper-V Linux VM someday Converting VMWare Windows VM to run on Linux hypervisors :)
    As for the conversion, great examples. I actually prefer GUI tools for Windows (just easier for me).
    StarWind V2V has done the job for me conversion to variety of Hypervisor I was using (Hyper-V, VMware, Xen).
     
  4. Derek12 Win User

    Converting VMWare Windows VM to run on Linux hypervisors

    Running your Browser in a VM?

    • Install VMware Player or Virtualbox, VMware being faster in my experience
    • Create a VM with sufficent RAM HD and all CPU cores
    • Install Ubuntu/Linux Mint/Debian or some lightweight distro with Xcfe or LXDE
    • Install VMware/Virtualbox tools
    • Almost any distro comes with Firefox
    • Install Ublock Origin/Noscript/Ghostery
    • Disable cookies with a whitelist/use private browsing.
    In my experience, running a browser through a VM can slow down scrolling smoothness, video playback and increase ping delay
     
    Derek12, Jun 3, 2019
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