Migrate a VM from vCenter to Azure
Jan27

Migrate a VM from vCenter to Azure

KB ID 0001510 Problem Last time we looked at migrating from vCenter to Hyper-V, now we will use the MVMC (Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter) to take a VMware (vCenter) virtual machine and convert/upload it to Microsoft Azure. Note: MVMC is not ‘officially’ supported and this procedure requires you to create some ‘legacy’ (for legacy in Azure read ‘classic’) ways of doing things. So this might not...

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Convert VMware VMs to Hyper-V VMs
Jan24

Convert VMware VMs to Hyper-V VMs

KB ID 0001509 Problem OK, I love VMware, vSphere has put food on my table for the past 10 years! But the fact remains plenty of people are now using Hyper-V. Recently I’ve been looking at migrating VMs from VMware into Azure, and while looking at the MVMC (Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter), to do the task, I thought I’d run thought the Hyper-V conversion route first. MVMC has actually been depreciated now, but you can...

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Conversion Error ‘Unsupported Disk Database Entry’
Jan23

Conversion Error ‘Unsupported Disk Database Entry’

KB ID 0001508 Problem Seen when attempting to convert a VMware disk (.vmdk) file to a Microsoft disk (.vhd or .vhdx) with Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter. Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter encountered an error while attempting to convert the virtual machine. Details: The entry “{value}’ is not a supported disk database entry for the descriptor. If you click on the ‘Log’ link you will see something line...

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VMware: Export a VM to OVA With PowerCLI
Jan21

VMware: Export a VM to OVA With PowerCLI

KB ID 0001507 Problem It’s pretty easy to create an OVA/OVF from the vCenter Web console, but what about from Powershell / PowerCLI? Below I run though converting a 2008 x32 Windows server to OVA. Solution I’ll leave the web console in the background so you can see whats happening. From PowerCLI the first task is to connect to the vCenter. Connect-VIServer {vCenter-FQDN} Supply a username and password. Now remove any...

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VMware: ISO Upload or Deploy OVA Fails ‘Undetermined Reason’
Jan09

VMware: ISO Upload or Deploy OVA Fails ‘Undetermined Reason’

KB ID 0001499 Problem I see this a lot! Usually I assume I just need to change browser, here the error is in Chrome. You can see this if you attempt to upload an ISO file to a datastore, or attempt to deploy an OVF file. Error The operation failed for an undetermined reason. Typically this problem occurs due to certificates that the browser does not trust. If you are using self-signed or custom certificates, open the URL below in a...

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VMware Composer Install Fails
Jan09

VMware Composer Install Fails

KB ID 0001498 Problem While attempting to deploy VMware Composer, (in my case version 7) on a windows Server, (in my case 2016 Datacenter). This happened; Installation Failed The wizard was interrupted before VMware Horizon7 Composer could be completely installed. Your system has not been modified. To complete installation at another time please run setup again. Click Finish to exit the wizard. Annoyingly I know what it was straight...

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