Managing Hyper-V hosts from vCenter

Organizations using both VMware ESX and Microsoft Hyper-V hosts for running virtual machines could either be using two management tools or they could manage both ESX and Hyper-V from System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008. Not anymore. VMware made available a tool which enables management of ESX and Hyper-V from the same vSphere client.

VMware has a very interesting concept called VMware Labs. On the VMware Labs website small applications can be found which are called flings. A fling is a short-term thing, not a serious relationship but a fun one.  Likewise, the tools that are offered here are intended to be played with and explored.

Eric Sloof of reports on a very interesting fling called XVP Manager and Converter. Using this vCenter plugin Hyper-V hosts and the virtual machines running on it can be managed using the vSphere client. Also virtual machines running on Hyper-V can be converted to vSphere virtual machines.

VMware vCenter XVP Manager and Converter provides basic virtualization management capabilities for non-vSphere hypervisor platforms towards enabling centralized visibility and control across heterogeneous virtual infrastructures. It also simplifies and enables easy migrations of virtual machines from non-vSphere virtualization platforms to VMware vSphere.


  • Management of the following Microsoft Hyper-V platforms:
    • Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 (64-bit) with Hyper-V role enabled
    • Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 with Hyper-V role enabled
  • Familiar vCenter Server graphical user interface for navigating through and managing non-vSphere inventory
  • Ease of virtual machine migrations from non-vSphere hosts to vSphere inventory
  • Compatible with VMware vCenter Server 4.0 & 4.1
  • Scalable up to management of 50 non-vSphere hosts

More information including video’s and download can be found on the VMware Labs site.

About Marcel van den Berg
I am a technical consultant with a strong focus on server virtualization, desktop virtualization, cloud computing and business continuity/disaster recovery.

2 Responses to Managing Hyper-V hosts from vCenter

  1. Marty says:

    Well, this is not management. This is just a toy. It cannot be compared with a serious product like Virtual Machine Manager 2008.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: