Migrate a Windows VM from VMware ESXi to Acropolis Hypervisor (AHV) Easily

Moving VM’s from ESXi to the Acropolis Hypervisor (AHV) is quite simple. Here are the high-level steps:

  • First, install the Nutanix VirtIO package into the VM(’s) you are moving – driver package can be downloaded here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/ntnx-portal/mobility/1.0.1/Nutanix-VirtIO-1.0.1.msi (or find the latest on the http://portal.nutanix.com site)
  • Whitelist the subnet (In Prism, Gear icon -> Filesystem Whitelists) so that we can access the Nutanix Distributed Storage Container from any host
  • Mount it as an NFS mount (ESX) or as a SMB Shared Path (Hyper-V) on the hypervisor hosts you are coming “from”
  • Power-off the Source VM
  • Clone or Move (your choice) the Source VM onto the shared storage container
  • Create a new VM in Prism and specify CPU, RAM and add a NIC/vLan adapter
  • To add a disk, configure it as follows:
    • Type: Disk
    • Operation: Clone from ADSF file
    • Bus Type: SCSI
    • Path: provide the path to the VM’s Flat VMDK file. To see options, type / to start the autocomplete dropdown
  • Once VM is configured, power-on and it should boot right up

Here’s also a helpful blog post that shows the above with a video:

Hope it helps and happy converting! 😉

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  1. This is a little more complicated that I thought…was sold as more of a seamless conversion so I was wondering how exactly it was achieved…interesting.

  2. Hi, thanks for your post it helped me a lot. What about if I want to migrate from Nutanix to EXSI?