Here's how Mark Allison migrated from ESXi 5.5 to Hyper-V 2012 R2 Core

Posted by Paul Braren on Jan 14 2015 (updated on Jan 15 2015) in
  • ESXi
  • Hyper-V
  • Virtualization
  • I've said this before. Using VMware vSphere in a home lab isn't without its challenges. For IT Pros, it's best to know multiple platforms anyway. For me personally, VMware is still a vast majority of what my customers run, so keeping up on the latest vSphere is what spend much of my time doing in my efficient single host 24x7 lab. That doesn't mean ESXi is the hypervisor of choice for others, especially MSDN members with a lot of Microsoft customers.

    This article isn't about which is better, it's just a pointer to a particularly well written and detailed article about one person's trials and tribulations with migrating a single host. Mark, aka MooTrader, has been one of the top commenters at TinkerTry for years, and I'm so glad he recently tipped me off to his new article. It's a good read.

    by Mark Allison, Jan 10 2015

    To manage all features of VMware requires vCenter, which is an expensive paid add-on not aimed at the home enthusiast. The software is priced for medium and large businesses for data centre use. The software can be used for 60 days and this is what I have been doing, but I am getting bored rebuilding my home data centre every two months.
    Thoughts/comments?

    Best parts of VMware’s ESXi 5.5 free hypervisor rely on vCenter, which isn’t free. Uh oh?

    Which hypervisor for your home lab, VMware ESXi, Microsoft Hyper-V, Linux KVM, or Citrix XenServer?

    VMware ESXi 5.1 can run Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 VMs, nice!

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    Update Jan 15 2015 - Breaking news, how timely!

    VMTN reincarnated! EVALExperience is to VMware Professionals what MSDN is to Microsoft Professionals.