How to Convert VMware Virtual Machines to Citrix XenServer Virtual Machines

 

Citrix Support has a must read support article for those of you that are planning to convert VMware Virtual Machines to Citrix XenServer. The article describes two methods to convert a VMware virtual machine to a XenServer virtual machine. The first method is to export and import it in an Open Virtualization Format (OVF) package. The second method is to export and import its disk images. It is preferable to use the first method because it retains many Virtual Machine properties and is simpler for a Virtual Machine with multiple disk images.

How to Convert VMware Virtual Machines to XenServer Virtual Machines

First off there are some requirements that must be met:

Administrator access to VMware Virtual Machine for conversion
Administrator access to XenServer and XenCenter
Experienced using VMware products, XenServer, and XenCenter

Note: This article is for XenServer 6 onwards. For XenServer 5.6 and earlier, refer to CTX116603 – How to Convert VMware Virtual Machines to XenServer Virtual Machines 5.6 and Earlier.

First you must Prepare the VM for conversion:

 

  • Power on Virtual Machine and login.
  • Uninstall VMware Tools.
  • Delete/uninstall any unnecessary data, drives, partitions, and applications.
  • Shutdown Virtual Machine.

Exporting VMware Virtual Machine to OVF Package

The following VMware products support OVF package export:

  • VMware vSphere
  • VMware Infrastructure
  • VMware Workstation
  • VMware OVF Tool
  • VMware vCenter Converter
  • VMware Studio

Click here to read the full article from Citrix Support

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