Citrix XenConvert

Citrix XenConvert is a tool to migrate (P2V) physical (or virtual) Windows systems to XenServer.

XenConvert is similar to VMware Converter but without some of the advanced features and functions differently.

XenConvert is installed and executed on the source system and only one local disk can be converted at a time.

You must have 115% free space to convert a disk, the free space doesn’t have to be on the same local disk but cannot be a mapped network drive. XenConvert creates a local VHD file, mounts it as a new drive and then copies the contents of the local drive you are converting to the new VHD file.

If during the XenConvert wizard you chose to migrate to XenServer it then takes the VHD and creates an XVA (XenServer Virtual Applicance) and then moves it up to the XenServer and creates the new VM.

The process takes at least twice as long as it does with VMware Converter. Most of this time is spent copying the local disk to the local VHD file.

XenConvert does not have a feature that lets you resize the destination VHD, if your local disk is 72 GB then the virtual disk will be 72 GB.

Some other features of XenConvert include the ability to convert an offline VMDK to either a VHD or OVF and Microsoft VMs to OVF.


4 thoughts on “Citrix XenConvert

  1. A really interesting green computer technology I found is Userful Multiplier. It’s where multiple people can use the same computer at the same time each with their own monitor, mouse and keyboard. This saves a lot of electricity and e-waste. A company called Userful recently set a virtualization world record by delivering over 350,000 virtual desktops to schools in Brazil. They have a free 2-user version for home use too. Check it out:

  2. Yes, XenConvert is a truly horrible tool. I was fooled to believe that it was comparable to VMware Converter, but ended up paralyzed by it’s shortcomings, and a virtualization project that took twice the projected time to finish.

    Mental note: Add Platespin licenses into next customer offering containing XenServer.

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