vCenter Converter Standalone 5 – Increasing the cloning performance

There have been many complaints about transfer rate degradation in Converter 5.0.

Converter uses NFC (a proprietary VMware protocol) for cloning to managed destination. Security has been enhanced in Converter 5.0 by encrypting the data transfer. Unfortunately this has caused a more severe performance degradation than expected.
Switching off SSL encryption is a way to work around this issue. Here is how it is done:

  1. Open the converter-worker.xml configuration file. It is located in “%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\VMware\VMware vCenter Converter Standalone” folder for Windows Vista or newer or in “%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\VMware\VMware vCenter Converter Standalone” for older Windows versions.
  2. Set the key Config/nfc/useSsl to false and save the configuration file.
  3. Restart “VMware vCenter Converter Standalone Worker” service.


I.e. it should look like:


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