In Pictures: 11 (free!) Microsoft tools to make life easier

Tools that secure, automate, pinch pennies - including some for Windows 8

Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter

The Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter software for turning VMware virtual machines and virtual disks into Hyper-V virtual machines including Windows Server 2012. Businesses that have not yet decided whether to make the switch to Hyper-V can use the tool to experiment with the Hyper-V environment without actually making a wholesale swap. Along with the conversion, the tool retains the configuration, memory and virtual processor capacity from the original virtual machines to the Hyper-V version. It supports VMware vSphere 4.1 and 5.0.

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