Manage Hyper-V from vSphere with VMware vCenter Multi-Hypervisor Manager

VMware released the first version (1.0) of the vCenter Multi-Hypervisor Manager (MHM). MHM makes it possible to manage multiple heterogeneous hypervisors in VMware vCenter server.


MHM supports only Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008  and Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2  as hypervisor! MHM requires vCenter Server 5.1 and can manage 20 Hyper-V hosts with up to 500 VMs running.

As minimum vCenter Server Standard edition is needed. The vCenter Multi-Hypervisor Manager is not available with the vCenter Server Foundation or Essentials edition!

The installation of MHM consist of two components:

  • vCenter Multi-Hypervisor Manager Server
  • vCenter Multi-Hypervisor Manager Plug-In

After the installation of the plug-In it appears in the inventory tab of the vSphere Client. The MHM Plug-in s not compatible with the vSphere Web Client.


The following tasks can be performed by MHM:

  • Third-party host management including add, remove, connect, disconnect and view the host configuration.
  • Ability to provision virtual machines on third-party hosts.
  • Ability to edit virtual machine settings.
  • Integrated vCenter Server authorization mechanism across ESX and third-party hosts inventories for privileges, roles, and users.
  • Automatic discovery of pre-existing third-party virtual machines
  • Ability to perform power operations with hosts and virtual machines.
  • Ability to connect and disconnect DVD, CD-ROM, and floppy drives and images to install operating systems.
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Before MHM VMware released vCenter XVP Manager and Converter as Fling in 2011. The fling can be found here. MHM is not changed that much from vCenter XVP Manager and Converter. MHM  has no support for Microsoft Server 2012 Hyper-V or Hyper-V 3.0  and the tasks that you can perform on Hyper-V are limited.

Some suggestions for the next release:

  • Support for Hyper-V 3.0
  • Ability to perform a live migration
  • Console access to the VM
  • Hyper-V to VMware migration (V2V)
  • Update integration components

More information

  • VMware vCenter Multi-Hypervisor Manager 1.0  Release Notes. Link
  • VMware vCenter Multi-Hypervisor Manager Documentation. Link
  • VMware vCenter Multi-Hypervisor Manager 1.0 Download Link
  • vCenter Multi-Hypervisor Manager FAQ Link
  • Installing vCenter Multi-Hypervisor Manager plug-in best practices Link
  • Installing vCenter Multi-Hypervisor Manager best practices Link

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