Today I had a maintenance window to clone 7 physical machines twice to create 2 “production mirror” test environments. Despite a rocky start for other reasons, I kicked off the P2V before heading home. After checking in after dinner time, I noticed there was no way I’d finish the conversion once before the window ended, let alone twice. After some searching, I found a reference to disabling SSL encryption in VMware Converter Standalone 5.0, documented in KB2020517.
I had 7 simultaneous transfers from 1 gigabit connected physical machines. My converter workstation is connected at 1 gigabit as well, and the host had no other VM’s running and had 4 1 gigabit network connections, but the transfer rate was only 500 KB/s to about 2.5 MB/s, according to converter. After disabling SSL, I cancelled my jobs and each one went up to 10 MB/s or more, bringing my combined total up to around 90 MB/s.
The VMware article is below.
Disabling SSL encryption on VMware Converter Standalone 5.0
To disable SSL encryption for the converter worker:
- Locate the converter-worker.xmlfile. By default, it is located at:
- Windows 7 and 2008 Server – C:ProgramDataVMwareVMware vCenter Converter Standalone
- Windows Vista, XP and 2003 Server – %ALLUSERSPROFILE%VMwareVMware vCenter Converter Standalone
- In older Windows versions – %ALLUSERSPROFILE%Application DataVMwareVMware vCenter Converter Standalone