[fedora-virt] Want To Migrate Off Of VMware Server to ???

Richard W.M. Jones rjones at redhat.com
Wed Nov 16 08:45:13 UTC 2011

On Mon, Nov 14, 2011 at 01:20:02PM -0500, Gene Poole wrote:
> I've got VMware Server 2.0.2 running on a CentOS 5 system (other things 
> are running on the CentOS besides the VMware). I've got a new system and 
> want to migrate off of the VMware, but to what?

Obviously I'm going to say KVM ...

If you want the newest features, then Fedora 16.  If you want
something stable but slower moving, then RHEL 6.

> Questions:
> Is there a 'How To' out there that tells about this 'migration' (tried 
> Google)?
> What about a KVM tutorial?

The Red Hat Virtualization Guides might be a good place to start:

(PDFs are also available -- you have to click the small down-pointing
arrow next to each guide)

These guides apply directly to RHEL 6, but most of the information is
applicable to Fedora as well.

You can also look at the libvirt documentation on http://libvirt.org/

> Can I use the existing VMware Server VM definitions on another machine?

You might want to look at virt-v2v for converting your guests to KVM:


If by "VM definitions" you mean some sort of templates, then I'm
not sure.


Richard Jones, Virtualization Group, Red Hat http://people.redhat.com/~rjones
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