Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Importing VMware Studio with Citrix OVF Tool to Hyper-V

This is something that I just had to try.

I imported the VMware Studio 2 Beta virtual appliance to a Hyper-V R2 host using Citrix OVF Tool.  Quite fun actually, and pretty easy.

Yes, I did a video, just to prove it.


First, the preparation:

Begin by creating a Network Share for your OVF Library.

Create a folder under that for the VMware Studio appliance download.

Download the VMware Studio 2 virtual appliance and place it in the folder you created.

Download and install the Citrix OVF Tool.


(please download the admin guide as well – it hides behind the “show documentation” link).

Read the Admin Guide.

Second, Run the Citrix OVF Tool.

Add your library share.

Add your Hyper-V host (I am assuming that you read the admin guide and set up Windows Remote Management properly).  Also shown here: http://www.citrix.com/tv/#video/971

Select the Import tab of the OVF tool.

Select and then right-click the VMware Studio OVA and select Convert to OVF.

After the convert process has finished select the VMware Studio OVF, Select the target Hyper-V Host, then select the mapping button.

Complete the VM requirement to host resource mapping wizard.

Select the check box to run the Operating System Fix-up (this is important).

Begin the import.

After the import completes open the Hyper-V manager, and open the settings of the imported vm most likely called “Virtual Hardware Family”

Remove the “Network Adapter”, then add a “Legacy Network Adapter”, and select the virtual network that it should be attached to.

Now you can boot the VMware Studio appliance and complete the setup.

There you have it, simple as that, running on Hyper-V.


Anonymous said...

Hi, great article but the Citrix OVF Tool is no longer available to download. Are you able to make it available yourself for readers?

BrianEh said...

Frankly, the need for hte tool has been resolved by MSFT releasing conversion support in SCVMM. And the addition of hte support direct into XenCenter.

However, I still get requests.

Here is a link.