Best HYPER-V tools in my belt

Hi fellow blog readers, in this article I want to share with you all some of the common HYPER-V tools I use in my daily customer projects (Not all the tools used with one customer but vary). Again this is my list and your mileage can vary but share your comments and tools you use to make this article interactive and useful for other fellow readers.

1. Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit (MAP) – The MAP Toolkit can help you ease the cloud-based migrations as well as local migrations. Before I do any P2V migration or virtualization project this is an important tool we use daily. One cool thing about this tool is it’s has been expand to assess your environment for readiness for Windows 8.1, Windows 7, Office 2013, Office 2010, Office 365, Windows Server 2012 and Windows 2012 R2, SQL Server 2014 as well. You can get more information about this tool from here.

2. Disk2vhd – One of the tool that still works for me. This tool is really simple but you have to do certain manual steps to get the VHD file cleansed. Not the best tool for mass VM migration but if you’re planning to do P2V, V2V in small numbers this tool works for you. More information about this tool can be found here.

3. 5nine V2V Easy Converter – As the name implies this nifty software do what is says effectively. Current version is 5.3. Free version would be more than enough for typical job. Why I like this tool so much is due to following reason

“Current version of 5nine V2V Converter supports conversion of Windows Server 2012 R2/2012/2008, Windows 8.x/7, Windows Server 2003 (x86 and x64), and most of Windows 2000 Advanced Server, Ubuntu and CentOS configurations. It also supports conversion to Gen1 and Gen2 Hyper-V Virtual Machines.”

So if your customer is still having Windows 2003 Server this is one tool you can rely on. But I have to warn ya HYPER-V will only support Server 2003 with SP2 and above and official support for OS is already over. Hint – Convince customer to move to Server 2012 or 2012 R2 Smile

4. IOMETER – We love to see how our VM can perform for certain workload before we jump into the installation of the software. We use this in our SAN testing as well and on VM testing. Nothing big I can say about this tool but one essential tool in my toolkit.

5. 5Nine Manager for HYPER-V – Not all my customers can afford to pay hefty price for System Center for  1- 4 HYPER-V host management. But still they want same manageability tools SCVMM used to provide. Well they won’t get 100% what they ask but 5Nine Manager is one definite tool I recommend to them. This software allows you to mange different versions of HYPER-V in single console. As a HYPER-V MVP I always stand for what is best method for HYPER-V deployment and server core is a must. not all the system administrators around the world is fancy about that ide and they prefer GUI. How to find the sweet spot on satisfy both requirement? Well expensive SCVMM do that and same goes with reasonable pricing 5Nine Smile You can find more details about the product in here.

That’s all from my side for now. In future articles I will share with you all what PowerShell commands I use to make my life easier when it comes to HYPER-V management.

DISK2VHD 2 RELEASED

Disk2VHD has been a very useful tool for most IT Pro when it comes to conversions to VHD format. It has been a very good tool during P2V conversions as well. Since SCVMM 2012 R2 no longer supports P2V function this tool going to be in virtualization engineers belt for long time 🙂

Saying that this is version 2 which supports VHDX format. Tool also released by sysinternals which is part of the Microsoft company but you’ll not get additional support apart from community support. But again no complains since we use that during version 1 without MS support also 🙂

You can download the tool from here.