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VMware Converter 3 Release

VMware Converter combines and expands the functionality available in P2V Assistant and Virtual Machine Importer.

For Users of VMware P2V(physical to virtual) Assistant :

-A single, central management console to easily deploy, manage, and schedule conversions without the need for a Helper virtual machine.
-Higher scalability supports multiple simultaneous conversions (Enterprise Edition).
-New hot cloning functionality for both local and remote source physical machines (no need to reboot Windows 2003 and Windows XP source machines).
-Broader hardware support for physical machines.
-Custom tool for adding additional Windows drivers to the Converter Boot CD ISO image.
-Remote cloning removes the need to walk to and physically interact with each physical machine.
-Supports cloning a wide variety of Windows operating system platforms.
-Supports migration of hosted VMware virtual machines disk formats (VMware Player, VMware Workstation, VMware GSX Server, and VMware Server) across all VMware virtual machine platforms.
-Supports conversion of third-party disk image formats such as Microsoft Virtual PC, Microsoft Virtual Server, Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery, and Norton Ghost 9 (or higher).
-Faster conversion speeds by means of sector-based snapshot cloning.
-Dramatically reduced number of manual steps for conversion.

For Users of VMware Virtual Machine Importer

- A single, central management console to deploy, manage, and schedule conversions.
- Supports multiple simultaneous conversions (Enterprise Edition).
- Local and remote hot cloning of physical machines provides live migrations with zero server downtime for the source machine.
- Image customization feature allows modification of the virtual machine's guest operating system properties after the conversion.

Installation Notes:
- Uninstalling VMware Converter 3 will cause import functionality in VMware Workstation 5.5.0/5.5.1 and VMware Server 1.0 to fail. This problem is resolved by upgrading to Workstation 5.5.2 or VMware Server 1.0.1.
- Uninstall the previous version of VMware Converter 3.0 Enterprise (build# 36853) if it's already installed.

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