Considering moving away from VMware ESXi for the home lab for weeks now and there appears to be a gap in tooling: Desktop VM hypervisor that is XCP-ng compatible. My current workflow:
- Create VMs via VMware Workstation (on desktop)
- Copy VMs from desktop to ESXi - and vise versa
- Use VMware Workstation to download powered down VMs for backup purposes
- Run VMs on Desktop or ESXi (fully compatible)
The current gap is what compatible hypervisor for the desktop works for XCP-ng that would replace VMware Workstation?
Aware of Oracle VirtualBox and VMware Desktop to OVA exports. But there are compatibility issues switching from VMDK to OVA, xen-utilties vs open-vm-tools, etc. The current impediment preventing me from switching from ESXi/workstation is the tight integration between the two. There are no issues with licensing, as the free ESXi licenses are fine for home use.
Anxious to hear other VMware to XCP-ng migration stories too. XCP-ng looks like a great hypervisor and I want to give it a go, but will miss being able to leverage desktop compute resources.