vmware customer since 1999
Been using vmware since the early betas which I believe were Linux only in 1999. Windows support came maybe a year later or something? Did a lot of work with VMware GSX (later VMware Server) 2003-2006(launched my first mission critical app on Vmware GSX as a last minute fix to a huge company fuckup software deployment back in 2004), then started on ESX/ESXi since..
Never once had a need to use vmware converter. It seemed like a handy tool for some situations, but I never ran into any of those situations personally. Probably greater than 96% of the VMs I have deployed over the years have been Linux based.
I'm also not aware of any P2V usage at any of the companies I have worked at, not that I was aware of 100% of all VM activity especially outside my team but I never recall hearing anyone mention Vmware converter going back 20 years now.
Well I take that back, I did use vmware converter once I think to reclaim some disk space on my personal ESXi server from a windows 7 VM. I think I did a V2V (twice) across the WAN to reclaim space, once from ESXi to vmware workstation, then back to ESXi again. Something like that. I still have the VMware converter 6.2 installer assuming that is probably the latest or among the latest, filesystem dates it from 2019.
The oldest copy of VMware that I have is 2.0.3 build 799 filesystem date Jan 12 2001(files inside say Nov 1 2000), coming in at a WHOPPING 5.9 MEGABYTE TGZ. I lost my VMware 1.0.2 for linux CD a long time ago, should of made an ISO of that. I don't know why I kept them over the years, really the only major software that I have kept virtually every major version going back 20+ years, for no reason, other than perhaps nostalgia. Only consumes 5.4GB so about the size of 2 HD movies.
I don't have the latest vmware workstation download handy but looking at workstation 15 which I use that is build 15,018,445. I can't even imagine going from build 799 to build 15 million that just doesn't compute in my tiny brain.