By Alison / Last Updated April 25, 2022

What is P2V in VMware

P2V refers to “physical to virtual”, the process of converting or migrating workloads from a physical machine to a virtual machine (VM).

It frees you from laboriously creating and configuring a new VM from scratch. As virtualization has become so vital to the IT industry, for many people, it is the bread and butter.

P2V Migration: VMware Converter & Alternative

As the most popular virtualization vendor, VMware also provides VMware vCenter Converter Standalone, a free official P2V software that requires an additional download, until Feb 2, 2022.

Note: VMware vCenter Converter unavailable for download

On February 2, 2022, VMware announced that vCenter Converter was completely removed from the Product Downloads list, because VMware Converter has not been updated in a long time and has some potential security concerns.

vCenter Converter unavailable for download

It is said that VMware is working on a new P2V product, but did not provide any specific timeline for its release. Many speculate that the new VMware P2V product is most likely to be a paid product, or in a subscription model.

Therefore, if you have previously downloaded vCenter Converter, you can still continue to use it. But if you have not, you will have to download it from other random sites, or try alternative third-party p2v software.

In this article, I will introduce how to perform P2V via vCenter Converter and one alternative software.

How to perform P2V with VMware Converter

1. Launch VMware vCenter Converter Standalone, click Convert machine button to open the wizard.

Convert machine

2. On Source System tab, select source type as Powered on option, and select Remote Windows machine from the below dropping menu.

Provide relevant connection credentials, and click Next.

Source system

3. It will pop up a window to inform you that the Converter agent needs to be temporarily installed on the remote source machine.

You need to choose whether to automatically uninstall the agent when import succeeds or not. Click Yes to continue.

Uninstall VMware vCenter Converter Standalone agent

4. On Destination System page, select VMware Infrastructure virtual machine as the destination type, and provide VMware server connection credentials. Then click Next.

Destination system

5. On Destination Virtual Machine page, provide an inventory Name for the new VM, and click Next.

Destination virtual machine

6. On Destination Location page, select the ESXi host, Datastore, and Virtual machine version. Click Next.

Destination location

Tip: If you want to convert to VMware Workstation, Fusion, or Player:
On Destination System page, select VMware Workstation or other VMware virtual machine as the destination type, and select VMware product in the dropping menu.
Provide a Name and select a location for the virtual machine. You can select a local folder or a network share, with User name and Password to be used when connecting to the network share of the destination virtual machine. Then click Next.

7. On Options page, browse Current settings and optionally Edit the parameters for the conversion task. Then click Next to continue.

Options

8. On Summary page, review the settings and click Finish to start conversion. You can see the progress in Recent Tasks.

An effective alternative to VMware P2V migration

As VMware vCenter Converter has been announced to be completely removed from the Product Downloads list, and there is no timeline for the new replacement product, if you have not downloaded it before, you are better off using another secure alternative product to perform P2V migrations.

Therefore, here I will introduce you an effective alternative p2v software: AOMEI Centralized Backupper.

By installing backup agent on your virtual machine, you can backup and restore your virtual machine as it is a physical machine. AOMEI Centralized Backupper is a professional backup software that enables File, System, Disk, Partition, and SQL Server Backup.

In the next part, I will show you how to perform P2V migration via AOMEI Centralized Backupper. You can click the following button to start a free trial.

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How to perform P2V migration via AOMEI Centralized Backupper

1. Launch AOMEI Centralized Backupper, and navigate to Computers > Uncontrolled Computers. Check your physical machine and the virtual machine (with a static IP) from the Computers list, and click Request Control.

It will pop up a request window on both of the machines, once you are authorized you can backup whenever you like.

Request control

2. Navigate to Tasks > New Task > System Backup.

System backup

3. Click + Add Computers to specify the physical machine, click OK to confirm.

Add Computers

4. Click Step 2 to specify a Share or NAS device to store the system backup, and then click Start Backup.

Start Backup

5. The created task will be listed separately in Tasks. Click Advanced > Restore on the right top of the task.

Restore system backup

6. Specify the system backup as the restore source, and select Restore this system backup option, check Restore system to other location option below, and click Next.

Restore this system backup

7. Select to restore to another computer option and specify the destination virtual machine and its system disk. Click Next to continue.

Restore to another computer

8. Review the Restore summary and click Start Restore to complete the P2V migration.

Restore summary

Summary

Migrating your workloads from physical machine to virtual machine (P2V) can save you many efforts indeed. However, as for VMware, the official tool VMware Converter has been announced unavailable for download from Feb 2, 2022.

Therefore, if you downloaded VMware Converter before, I introduced how to use it to perform P2V in this article. But if you didn’t, you can try AOMEI Centralized Backupper as an alternative p2v software.

It is a professional backup software that not only can be used on virtual machines, but also backup and sync your physical machines.