Converting VMs to Hyper-V

Hyper-V provide a specific PowerShell tool for converting other VMs to Hyper-V disk(*.vhd, *.vhdx), but when converting images, it generally occurs errors depending on environment. After some trial errors, I found those errors can be categorized.

VMware to Hyper-V (*.vmdk to *.vhdx)

Download Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter 3.0 tools(mvmc) from MS
In PowerShell, import module from mvmc

PS C:\Users|Administrator>Import-Module ‘C:\Program Files\Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter\MvmcCmdlet.psd1’
PS C:\Users|Administrator>ConvertTo-MvmcVirtualHardDisk -SourceLiteralPath d:\scratch\vmx\VM-disk1.vmdk -VhdType DynamicHardDisk -VhdFormat vhdx -destination c:\vm-disk1

VirtualBox to Hyper-V (*.ova to *.vhdx)

OVA files are simply tar archive files containing the OVF directory. After renaming *ova file to *.tar, we can extract .vmdk file from *.tar.

Next step is same as vmdk

Dealing with errors

Common errors are starting with “The entry… us not a supported disk database entry fir the descriptor”

The dsfok tool helps modifying descriptor. It extracts descriptor from vmdk file then can combine them together. First take a descriptor from image file with difo.exe then inject it with dsfi.exe.

dsfo.exe "d:\folder\file.vmdk" 512 1024 descriptorname.txt
dsfi.exe "d:\folder\file.vmdk" 512 1024 descriptorname.txt

Just comment out where it generates errors.

ddb.toolsInstallType = "2" --> #ddb.toolsInstallType = "2"

References

https://live.osgeo.org/de/quickstart/hyperv_quickstart.html
https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/timomta/2015/06/11/how-to-convert-a-vmware-vmdk-to-hyper-v-vhd/
https://stackoverflow.com/questions/37481737/error-when-converting-vmware-virtual-disk-to-hyperv

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