Hello. I am trying to convert a virtual machine from an esxi 4.1 host to an esxi 5.01 host using converter 5.
Both hosts are managed with a new installation of Vcenter essentials.
When I try to convert the virtual machine directly from the esxi 4.1 (source) host using the esxi 5.01 host as a destination, I get an error message stating access to the host resource settings is restricted to the server (vcenter IP address) that is managing the host. Use the management server as a destination"
So I use the management server IP as the destination, but then I get this error message "the destination virtual machine (IP adress) already exists."
From what my research tells me, I should be able to select my esxi 5.01 host from inventory, but I can't. I just keep getting the above error message.
I have been doing V2V conversions between these two hosts using the latest version 4 of converter, however since I installed Vcenter I have not been able to do V2V conversions because of the above issues. Hopefully I'm just doing something stupid. Does anyone have any ideas?
Thanks so much!
This error is expected behavior. Unlike in vSphere 4.x, you cannot use an ESXi 5 host as a conversion destination if that ESXi 5 host is currently connect to and managed by a vCenter Server. Hence Disassociate (not just disconnect) the host from the vCenter and try doing V2V. It will work
Can you try the same by using Converter 4, using this converter you can directly connect to your Host and do V2V. I already did this and its working fine.
For V2V you only need to copy a vmdk plus a vmx from host to host.
There are lots of other tools that can do that as well.
If you have shared storage my favorite would be vmkfstools to copy the vmdk
Other options are FastSCP , WinSCP, DataStoreBrowser
I second the use of vmkfstools for this V2V. Pain-free.