VMware has announced the release of its updated VMware Converter, version 6.4. This latest iteration introduces a host of new functionalities, including the capability to support NVMe disks and virtual hardware version 20.
VMware’s vCenter Server Converter is a robust solution designed for the conversion of physical machines, virtual machines, and cloud-based instances into VMware virtual machines. It streamlines the process of generating and migrating VMware virtual machines from various sources, ensuring minimal interruption and downtime.
In this professional article, we delve into the enhancements and new features brought by VMware vCenter Server Converter 6.4.
- Support for NVMe Disk Controllers: The update includes support for NVMe (Non-Volatile Memory Express) disk controllers, a high-performance protocol that enhances data transfer speeds between solid-state drives (SSDs) and the host system. This feature enables the conversion of machines equipped with NVMe disk controllers into VMware virtual machines, potentially boosting performance and efficiency.
- Paravirtual SCSI Disk Controllers: The version now supports paravirtual SCSI (PVSCSI) disk controllers, which offer improved performance and scalability for virtual machines. This enhancement allows for the conversion of machines with paravirtual SCSI disk controllers, reducing CPU overhead and increasing throughput.
- Virtual Machine Compatibility up to Hardware Version 20: The converter now allows for the conversion of machines into VMware virtual machines compatible with the latest hardware version 20. This compatibility ensures access to advanced features and functionalities of VMware vSphere 8.0, including UEFI secure boot, Microsoft VBS, and NVMe hot plug.
- Compatibility with VMware vCenter and ESXi Version 8.0: The converter is updated to work seamlessly with the latest versions of VMware vCenter Server and VMware ESXi, integral components of the VMware vSphere 8.0 suite.
- Support for VMware Workstation Version 17 and VMware Fusion Version 13: The new version extends its compatibility to include VMware Workstation 17 and VMware Fusion 13, facilitating the conversion of machines for use on these desktop virtualization platforms.
- Conversion Support for Amazon EC2 Instances: Users can now convert Amazon EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud) instances into VMware virtual machines, enabling workload migration from AWS to VMware or the creation of hybrid cloud solutions.
- Support for UEFI Secure Boot and Microsoft VBS: The converter now supports the conversion of machines with UEFI Secure Boot and Microsoft VBS (Virtualization Based Security), enhancing the security and integrity of the virtual machines.
- Enhanced Security: VMware vCenter Server Converter 6.4 has strengthened its security measures, including the use of TLS 1.2 encryption, the deactivation of weak ciphers, and strict certificate validation.
Conclusion: VMware vCenter Server Converter 6.4 represents a significant upgrade, offering new capabilities like support for various disk controllers, enhanced virtual machine compatibility, and improved security. These features ensure a more efficient, secure, and versatile virtual machine conversion experience.
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