Posted On: Mar 5, 2014

VM Import now supports virtual machines running Windows Server 2012. You can import VMs running Windows Server 2012 R1 (Datacenter or Standard edition) to Amazon EC2 from VMware ESX and VMware Workstation VMDK images, Citrix Xen VHD images, and Microsoft Hyper-V VHD images. Once imported, these VMs will run as Windows instances within Amazon EC2. You can also export previously imported EC2 instances running Windows 2012 to VMware ESX VMDK, VMware ESX OVA, Microsoft Hyper-V VHD or Citrix Xen VHD file formats using VM Export.

In addition to adding Windows 2012 R1 support, VM Import has also enhanced the import experience for Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008 VMs. Amazon EC2 instances created from these VMs will now benefit from having the EC2Config service installed and from having the latest-generation Citrix PV drivers.

VM Import can help you migrate your existing workloads, Enterprise applications, or VM catalog to Amazon EC2. In addition to the newly-added support for Windows Server 2012 VMs, you can also import Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5.1-6.5 (using Cloud Access), Centos 5.1-6.5, Ubuntu 12.04, 12.10, 13.04, 13.10, and Debian 6.0.0-6.0.8, 7.0.0-7.2.0 VMs to EC2 using VM Import. You can also use VM Export to export your previously imported Linux and Windows VMs.