VMware Converter Starter and Converter Enterprise Differences

Via VMware Knowledge Base:

"Comparison Of VMware Converter editions:

VMware Converter Starter:

  • Free product to convert physical machines into virtual machines.
  • Support needs to be purchased on a per incident basis.
  • Small scale single server conversions.
  • Quick backups / clones of a small number of servers.
  • Hot cloning.
  • Local conversions to Workstation, VMware Server, Player, GSX, and ESX.
  • Remote conversions to standalone virtual machines (Workstation, VMware Server, Player, and GSX). Note: If ESX Server or Virtual Center is the destination for the remote conversion, then VMware Converter Enterprise is required.
  • No license required.

VMware Converter Enterprise:

  • Enterprise-class product for managing and automating large scale conversions.
  • Support is included in support for Virtual Center Management Server.
  • Large scale server consolidation projects.
  • Centralized management of multiple simultaneous conversions.
  • Hot cloning.
  • Cold cloning (using a boot CD).
  • Local conversions to Workstation, VMware Server, Player, GSX, and ESX.
  • Remote conversions to all destinations, including ESX Server and Virtual Center.
  • A license file is required for enterprise features of VMware Converter Enterprise."

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Posted by Gabriel Maciel

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