I am facing a small issue for converting my Hyper-V VMs to ESXi VMs.
I have 1 physical server. On that physical server I have Windows Server 2008 installed with the Hyper-V role. My 1 Hyper-V host has 4 Hyper-V guests.
I want to convert my Hyper-V host to ESXi. The problem is all the tools that VMware offers (vCenter Converter) works only if I have 2 physical servers that I can perform a migration on.
I can only think of two options, both of which I am not sure if I will end up with a reliable conversion.
Option 1 : Create a backup images of the 4 Virtual Machines themselves and put them on an external hard drive. Then I would install VMware ESXi and pop in the Windows Server installation disk and restore from a backup.
Option 2 : Use software such as WinImage to convert Hyper-V Virtual Hard Disks to VMware Hard Disk (.vhd -> .vmdk)
Is there a better option than this? The methods I mentioned above can get tedious. I would like to do something like export as VMware VM, put on an external disk, and just load it on when I install ESXi.