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VMware has quietly announced a beta version of vCenter Converter — a tool that was withdrawn earlier this year over security concerns.

vCenter Converter is a tool that converts physical servers to virtual machines and can automate the process, allowing users to convert multiple physical machines. The tool also allows for hot cloning of source machines, which means they can be migrated to the virtual world without disrupting operations.

The last full version of the tool was released in 2018, but support ended in 2019.

Early 2022 VMware authorized the software “does not meet VMware’s high security and stability standards” and pulled the application from its software download site.

VMware didn’t detail the security issues that impacted the software, but made the startling observation that “the risks had reached a level where we had no choice but to remove them from the download site.” .

As we noted at the time, the converter’s retirement was quickly followed by the release of a tool that converts virtual machines into containers – a reflection of VMware’s current priorities and strategy.

Meanwhile there is news about a comeback of vCenter Converter.

VMware blogger William Lab uncovered that the product team has informed him that a beta is imminent.

“The initial purpose of this first re-release of vCenter Converter is to achieve feature parity with the last supported version of vCenter Converter, version 6.2,” he wrote.

Lam added that once the beta is complete and a product released, the vCenter Converter development team “will turn their attention to adding new and exciting features that will help customers easily convert their workloads from a range of different platforms and to migrate.”

Feedback collected during the beta program will inform these new features.

VMware previously promised that the update will “include the latest technologies available in vSphere virtual machines.” So perhaps that includes support for compute units and also for Windows 11’s mandated use of Trusted Platform Modules. Since 2018, vSphere has also gained features that allow it to handle GPU-dependent apps and handle more memory. This is probably why the tool is needed – the few remaining apps on Bare Metal have become candidates for virtualization since the app’s last release.

A registration form for the beta will be published shortly. The registry will update this story as it comes up.® VMware teases replacement for insecure P2V migration tool • The Register

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