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Improving VMware Converter Standalone Performance

We have a new video tutorial available which might be of interest to anyone who uses our  vCenter Converter Standalone product regularly.

By default, the converter worker in VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.0.x encrypts the data stream using SSL. Encrypting the traffic increases security, but it can degrade performance. If you are running multiple system conversions and you are finding the performance to be a little slow, the solution in this video might be your ticket.

This video discusses and demonstrates disabling the SSL encryption in VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.0.x.

For additional instructions, check out VMware Knowledge Base article Disabling SSL encryption on VMware Converter Standalone 5.0 (2020517).

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  1. I backed up a server of 224gb (324gb provisioned) in 1hr 24min. I restored to a different server using the Standalone converter. It was very slow (estimated 9hrs). I stopped the job, changed SSL to false, and restarted all VMware converter services including the worker. It isn’t doing much better – transfer rate of 6.04mbs – estimated time 8 hours 45 minutes. I know the restore will take longer than the backup. I’m very concerned on restoring servers after a catastrophe. Did I miss anything. I need to get the restore time to a maximum of double the backup time. Thanks for your help.

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