How to convert VMware-based virtual machines and disks (VMDK) to Hyper-V®-based virtual machines and disks (VHD), using Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter Solution Accelerator (MVMC)

The Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter (MVMC) Solution Accelerator is a Microsoft-supported, stand-alone solution for the IT pro or solution provider who wants to convert VMware-based virtual machines and disks to Hyper-V®-based virtual machines and disks.

The conversion of VMware virtual machines to Hyper-V consist in 3 Steps:

  1. Install the Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter Solution Accelerator
  2. Convert the VMWare disk to Hyper-V disk format, using the MVDC.exe tool
  3. Create a new Virtual Machine on Hyper-V using the disk that was convert

Install the Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter Solution Accelerator

  • Download the Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter Solution Accelerator.msi software from Microsoft here
  • Run the Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter Solution Accelerator.msi and Click Next

  • Accept the terms and Click Next

  • Click Next

  • Click Install

  • Click Finish

Convert the VMWare disk to Hyper-V disk format, using the MVDC.exe tool

To convert the VMWare disk, open a Command Prompt (cmd) as Administrator

  • On the cmd, write cd %programfiles(x86)%\Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter Solution Accelerator


  • Use the following parameter to convert a VMDK file to a VHD file: MVDC.exe “locationofthefile\Test.vmdk” “locationofthefile\Test.vhd” to start converting


  • Conversion is finish

Create a new Virtual Machine on Hyper-V using the disk that was convert

  • Right Click on the Hyper-V server and select New – Virtual Machine…

  • Click Next

  • Choose the name and Click Next (You can also choose to Store the VM in a different location)

  • Select Generation 1 and Click Next

  • Specify the amount of memory to allocate to the Virtual Machine and Click Next

  • Configure the Network Adapter and Click Next (You can change this configuration after the creation of the VM)

  • Select Use an existing virtual hard disk, Click on Browse, locate and select the disk you had convert and Click Next

  • Click on the Start button , to start the Virtual machine

Voilà le Virtual Machine is now working on Hyper-V

About João Carlos Dias

Senior Consultant at InfraHouse P/S
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