vCenter XVP Manager and Converter

VMware vCenter XVP Manager and Converter provides basic virtualization management capabilities for non-vSphere hypervisor platforms towards enabling centralized visibility and control across heterogeneous virtual infrastructures. It also simplifies and enables easy migrations of virtual machines from non-vSphere virtualization platforms to VMware vSphere.

Features

  • Management of the following Microsoft Hyper-V platforms:
    • Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 (64-bit) with Hyper-V role enabled
    • Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 with Hyper-V role enabled
  • Familiar vCenter Server graphical user interface for navigating through and managing non-vSphere inventory
  • Ease of virtual machine migrations from non-vSphere hosts to vSphere inventory
  • Compatible with VMware vCenter Server 4.0 & 4.1
  • Scalable up to management of 50 non-vSphere hosts
For more detailed information refer to the vCenter XVP Manager and Converter Technology Preview Release Notes and Installation Guide (included in zip file download).

The vCenter XVP Manager Server system is a physical machine or virtual machine, which must meet specific requirements. The vCenter XVP Manager Client plug-in installs on a vSphere Client machine and has the same hardware requirements as vSphere Client. vCenter XVP Manager Client host operating system requirements are different from those for vSphere client.

Server Hardware Requirements

  • CPU – 2 CPUs
  • Processor – 2.0GHz or faster Intel or AMD processor
  • Memory – 3GB RAM
  • Disk Storage – 2GB
  • Networking – Giga bit connection recommended

Server Software Requirements

vCenter XVP Manager Server requires a virtualization environment that includes the following components:

  • vCenter Server 4.0 or 4.1
  • One of the following supported versions of Microsoft Hyper-V:
    • Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008
    • Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2
    • Windows 2008 (64 Bit) Hyper-V Core (including Standard, Enterprise, and Datacenter Editions)
    • Windows 2008 (64 Bit) Hyper-V Full (including Standard, Enterprise, and Datacenter Editions)
  • System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 or System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2

vCenter XVP Manager Server installs on a physical server or in a virtual machine running one of the following Windows host operating systems:

  • Windows XP Pro SP2
  • Windows Server 2003 SP2
  • Windows Server 2003 R2 SP2
  • Windows Server 2003 64-bit SP2
  • Windows Server 2008 Enterprise (Core and Full)
  • Windows Server 2008 Standard (Core and Full)
  • Windows Server 2008 Datacenter (Core and Full)
  • Windows Server 2008 Enterprise 64-bit (Core and Full)
  • Windows Server 2008 Standard 64-bit (Core and Full)

The host must also have Windows Remote Management (WinRM) v1.1 (installed separately on Windows XP and Windows Server 2003, included in Windows Server 2008).

Client Hardware Requirements

  • CPU – 1 CPU
  • Processor – 266MHz or faster Intel or AMD processor (500MHz recommended)
  • Memory – 200MB RAM
  • Disk Storage – 1GB
  • Networking – Gigabit connection recommended

Client Software Requirements

  • vSphere Client 4.0 or 4.1
  • vSphere Converter 4.0 (to support conversion of Hyper-V virtual machines to VMware virtual machines)
  • One of the following Windows host operating systems:
    • Windows XP Pro SP2
    • Windows XP Pro 64-bit SP2
    • Windows XP Pro SP3
    • Windows Server 2003 SP2
    • Windows Server 2003 R2 SP2
    • Windows Server 2003 64-bit SP2
    • Windows Vista SP1
    • Windows Server 2008 Enterprise (Core and Full)
    • Windows Server 2008 Standard (Core and Full)
    • Windows Server 2008 Datacenter (Core and Full)
    • Windows Server 2008 Enterprise 64-bit (Core and Full)
    • Windows Server 2008 Standard 64-bit (Core and Full)
  • .NET framework 2.0
  • PowerShell 1.0
  • SCVMM 2008 Admin Console or SCVMM 2008 R2 Admin Console (to support importing Hyper-V inventory information from SCVMM)

Before using vCenter XVP Manager and Converter, you must install both vCenter XVP Manager Server and the vCenter XVP Manager plug-in for vSphere Client.

Installing vCenter XVP Manager Server

Prerequisites:

  • The IP address or fully qualified domain name of the vCenter Server host to which vCenter XVP Manager Server should connect.
  • The user name and password of the vCenter Server administrative account that vCenter XVP Manager Server should use.
  • The HTTP Web services port number of the vCenter Server host. The default is 80. vCenter XVP Manager Server uses this port to connect to vCenter Server.
  • The HTTP and server ports to use on vCenter XVP Manager Server if you are using ports other than the defaults of 8088 for HTTP and 8090 for the server port.
    In most cases, there is no need to change these port settings. However, if you have other services using the default ports, you can assign different port numbers that are not in use on your network.

Procedure:

  1. Run the vCenter XVP Manager Server installer and follow the instructions in the installation wizard.
  2. Type the IP address or fully qualified domain name of the vCenter Server to which vCenter XVP Manager Server should connect and the credentials for the appropriate administrative account. If you are connecting to vCenter Server on a port other than the default (80), type the port number. Click Next.
  3. In the drop-down list, select either the fully qualified domain name or the IP address of the vCenter XVP Manager Server machine. If you are using ports other than the defaults of 8088 for HTTP and 8090 for the server port, type the port numbers. Click Next.
  4. Click Install.

Installing vCenter XVP Manager Client

You can install the vCenter XVP Manager client component using the the Plug-in Manager in vSphere Client.
Prerequisites:
Collect the following information before you start installing the vCenter XVP Manager client.

  • The IP address or fully qualified domain name of the vCenter Server host to which vCenter XVP Manager Server is connecting
  • The user name and password you need to connect vSphere Client to the vCenter Server instance to which vCenter XVP Manager Server is connecting.

Procedure:

  1. Launch vSphere Client and connect to the vCenter Server instance that vCenter XVP Manager Server is using.
  2. Select Plug-ins > Manage Plug-ins.
  3. In Plug-in Manager, find vCenter XVP Manager and Converter in the list of available plug-ins and click the corresponding Download and Install link.
  4. Follow the instructions in the installation wizard.
    Do not close Plug-in Manager until installation is complete.
    After a brief wait, the status of the plug-in changes to installed.
  5. When VMware vCenter XVP Plug-in appears in the list of installed plug-ins, you can close Plug-in Manager.
  6. A security warning alerts you to an untrusted SSL certificate. The IP address shown in the alert should be the address of the vCenter XVP Manager Server host. If it is, select Install thiscertificate and do not display any security warnings for [IP address], and click Ignore to use the certificate.
  7. Make sure the status of VMware vCenter XVP Plug-in is Enabled.

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