Physical To Virtual Migrations With VMware Converter

Migrate Source Physical or Virtual Machines into VMware ESXi 6 Virtual Machines | taught by Larry Karnis

Course description

Workload (running operating systems, their applications and data) consolidation is one of the top benefits of virtualization. With physical to virtual (P2V) migrations or virtual to virtual (V2V) migrations, you can move your Windows and Linux workloads off of older physical hardware or non-enterprise class virtualization platforms onto VMware vSphere 6 infrastructure. This will allow you to simplify your environment, reduce the number of servers in your datacenter, lower costs and safely retire legacy hardware.

In this course you will learn:

  • The features and capabilities of VMware Converter
  • The source environments and source operating systems supported by VMware Converter
  • How to install and configure VMware Converter onto Windows Server
  • How to launch a Conversion task and reach out to a source machine
  • To understand and use all features of the Conversion Wizard - allowing you to resize the target VM to your requirements
  • How Converter snapshots and clones source disks to target virtual disks
  • What you can do to help ensure a successful migration
  • Post migration tasks to make your VM perfect. Trouble spots to identify and avoid
  • Converter best practices

VMware Converter will help you rapidly and effectively bring all of your legacy physical and virtual machines into your vSphere environment. With a little practice and some understanding, you can achieve conversion success rates in excess of 95%. Let this course show you how!

Larry Karnis
Larry Karnis
VMware Certified Professional - Author, Consultant, Lecturer

Get VMware vSphere & View Training... for less!

Q: What do you do if you need to learn VMware but can't afford the $4,000 - $6,000 charged for authorized VMware vSphere training? 

A: Enroll in my equivalent VMware vSphere 6.5 and Horizon View video-on-demand training... for less.

Many name is Larry Karnis - and I create courses that will help you start your career as a VMware vSphere 6.5 administrator, and help you build you knowledge and skill in vSphere 6.5 advanced features and capabilities. 

With Video-On-Demand training, I can provide more insight and detail, without the time constraints that a normal instructor led training class would impose. My goals are to:

  • Give you a better training experience than classroom training
  • Help you learn more than you can learn in a 5 day class
  • Give you the opportunity to learn at your own pace
  • Provide you to supporting books and hands-on lab rentals

At price points that you (or your boss) will appreciate.

Run This Class At Your Office

ESXLab maintains a pool of high-scoring, experienced instructors who would be glad to lead this event at your place of work. If you have 5 or more people and would like to run live instructor led (distance or on-site) training, please contact me for a quote.

About Me

I am an Information Technology consultant / trainer with over 30 years of experience in system administration, networking, security, infrastructure and security.

I worked for 10 years as a UNIX programmer / consultant before moving to Linux in 1995. I started working with VMware products in 2001 and decided to focus exclusively on VMware in 2004. I earned my first VMware Certified Professional (VCP) designation on ESX 2.0 in 2004 (VCP #: 993). I have also earned VCP in ESX 3, and in vSphere 4 and 5.

My VMware Work Experience

  • I have been providing VMware consulting and training for more than 14 years. I have lead literally hundreds of classes and taught thousands of people how to use VMware. I teach both introductory and advanced VMware classes.
  • I worked for VMware as a senior contract VMware Certified Instructor (VCI) and consultant for almost 5 years. One of my regular duties was to help mentor new VCI's - helping them prepare for and successfully deliver vSphere classes.
  • After leaving VMware, I launched my own training business focused on VMware virtualization in 2008. In 2013, VMware called me back to help them ramp up support services for the upcoming vSphere 5.1 product launch.
  • Prior to VMware, I worked as a contract consultant / trainer for RedHat (I hold RHCE, RHCI and RHCX), Global Knowledge, Learning Tree and many other training and consulting companies.

I hold a Bachelor of Science degree (majoring in Computer Science with a minor in Math) from the University of Toronto, Canada. 

I also hold numerous industry certifications including VMware Certified Professional on VMware Infrastructure 2 & 3 and vSphere 4 & 5 (ret.), VMware Certified Instructor (ret.), RedHat Certified Engineer (RHCE), RedHat Certified Instructor (RHCI) and RedHat Certified Examiner (RHCX) as well as certifications from LPI, HP, SCO and others.

I hope to see you in one of my VMware classes very soon... If you have questions, please contact me directly.

And... please link to me on LinkedIn -



Larry Karnis

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Larry Karnis
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ESXLab VMware vSphere and View Training

Course Curriculum

Physical To Virtual Migrations With VMware Converter
Physical To Virtual Migrations With VMware Converter FREE TRIAL
vCenter Converter - Overview FREE TRIAL
Converter Import - Source Machine Options FREE TRIAL
Converter - Target Virtual Machine Platform Options FREE TRIAL
Converter - Project Plan FREE TRIAL
Operating Systems that Converter Can Migrate
What's New In Converter 5.5.3
Clone And Update Target Virtual Disks
Install and Enable Converter
Converter Steps
Prepare for Conversion
Launching Converter Enterprise
Profile The Source Machine
Specify Conversion Target
Specify New Virtual Machine Location
Specify Target ESXi Host and Datastore
Set Target Virtual Machine Properties
Cloning the Source Machine's Disk(s)
Resizing The Target Virtual Machine's Disks
Copying Disk Volumes
Synchronize Changes
Post Conversion Tasks
Create The New Virtual Machine
Virtual Machine Reconfiguration
Guest Operating System Customization
Converter Housekeeping
New Virtual Machine Housekeeping
Converter Caveats
Conversion In Progress
Converter Trouble Spots
Converter - Best Practices
vCenter Converter Lab FREE TRIAL
vCenter Converter - Review and Questions FREE TRIAL
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Reviews (3)

Great Theoretical Knowledge

by Varun Tiwari
Hi I enjoyed your training will all objects related to P2V migrations with vmware converter and thanks for sharing. V

Very nice

by kumar ch
The overall course is step by steps covering all the the steps involved


by Sanjay Parmar
Good tutorials

Great Theoretical Knowledge

by Varun Tiwari
Hi I enjoyed your training will all objects related to P2V migrations with vmware converter and thanks for sharing. V

Very nice

by kumar ch
The overall course is step by steps covering all the the steps involved


by Sanjay Parmar
Good tutorials