VMware Inc. has released a new tool that will help migrate Windows-based vCenter Servers (VCS) to its own vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) with minimal disruption.
Called the VCS to VCVA Converter, it works for Windows environments that specifically use the External Microsoft SQL Server Database, and moves it to VCSA with an embedded vPostgres database.
The VCS to VCVA Converter started life as a "Fling" -- an unofficial product that may or may not ever become official. This Fling won the VMworld Fling Contest in 2013, competing against more than 200 other Fling nominees. Winning the contest meant that VMware engineers would build and release it. The Fling was proposed by Stephen Athanas.
William Lam of VMware said in a blog post that the idea of the Converter "… really resonated with me, as well as with many of our customers. In fact, everyone that I had spoken with who has used the VCSA just loves the simplicity, ease of deployment and management it provides compared to its Windows counterpart." (+)