Why do you want to move to a standalone host? You are not going to keep vcenter?
At the moment do you have a cluster?
Well, we know very well that this is not an ideal condition.
But, this is the resource we have this year for new environment.
Next year, maybe will be added by additional ESXi host, FC Switch, SAN Storage, and vCenter.
At the moment we have cluster, including stuff I mentioned above. But the version is still 5.5, and the customer does not plan to upgrade the version on this resource. The plan is only to migrate some VMs (around 5 VMs) to that standalone ESXi and they know the risks exactly.
Hi, The best method to migrate your environment is performing VMware converter.
Perform with vSphere replication appliance
Install replication appliance on source and distination
sync the vms between source and destination
power off the souce
do final sync
power on the destination
I think vSphere replication appliance need to be registered to VMware vCenter Server, please correct me if it is wrong.
Or, is it possible to do vSphere replication from vCenter to standalone ESXi host?
But, this can be another option also, by setup temporary vCenter Server + VRM to do migration. Btw, is it possible to do it between vCenter 5.5 to VCSA 6.7?
Please give me some inputs.
VMware converter would be a solution
present a LUN on both the environment and un-register from one environment and register on the destination.
You can look for OVF Template option. Verify that the virtual machine is powered off.
- Select the virtual machine and select File > Export to OVF.
- Enter a name for the OVF file and specify a directory in which to save it.
- Specify whether to export the virtual machine as an OVF, a folder with separate files, or as an OVA, a single-file archive.
- Click Export to start the OVF export process.
Similarly you can select Import option and deploy the OVA file.
NOTE: I think you must need vCenter to do this OVF Deploy operation. From Standalone ESXi you can't import /deploy the OVA/OVF Files.
Because of your special situation (don't have a vCenter in your destination site) i think regardless of VMware Converter, the best and safe solution is using
backup solution. If you provide a full backup of your VMs with a backup product like VEEAM Backup, then you can restore them to another Hosts in another site with different version of ESXi hosts.Please mark my comment as the Correct Answer if this solution resolved your problem
Yes, We need to register the vsphere replication with the center. i have attached the interoperability matrix with this. you need to install the 6.5.1 version of vsphere replication appliance.
only thing there should be the communication between the source and the destination.
no need to worry about the license because its free comes with vsphere license.
Since downtime is permitted and it's only 5 VMs (I am assuming these VMs are not huge) - I'd just shut a VM off and SCP it from one host to another. Sure you can get creative with VCSA trials, vSphere Rep, Veeam, etc. but it sounds like a super small environment and the customer knows the implications of the ask.
SCP it and move on.
You can use Veeam Quick Migration.
Quick Migration is a Veeam Backup Free Edition feature, the completely free edition of Veeam Backup & Replication.
- Install Veeam Backup Free Edition on a virtual or physical machine with a Windows operating system.
- Before using the Quick Migration feature, add your source and destination ESXi hosts to the Veeam Backup console inventory.
Quick Migration allows you to migrate an active VM between any host and / or datastore. Select the desired VM, right-click and choose Quick Migration:
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thank you for sharing your ideas. Now I have some options available.
Once project finished, I will be back to update which method I use to do migration for such environment.