brsolutions
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3.5 VMDKs -> 4 ... compatible?

I apologize if this question has already been answered, but I didn't see it anywhere...

This week, I had a major hardware issue, and I'm in the process of restoring my 3.5 VMDK files. I noticed that I can still download 3.5 from the web site, but it says it's only for 32-bit now. All of my VMDKs are 64-bit guest operating systems. Can I install 4 on my hardware and attach the 3.5 VMDKs? Or do they need to be upgraded? Or should I go with the 3.5 install from the site, and that will support by 64-bit guests?

Thanks!

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AndreTheGiant
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If the question is: "can I run ESX 3.5 VM in ESX 4" then the answer is yes.

The vmdk file are just disk (no 32 or 64 bit), the architecture is in vmx file.

Be only sure that your hardware is in vSphere HCL (http://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility)

Andre

Andre | http://about.me/amauro | http://vinfrastructure.it/ | @Andrea_Mauro
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depping
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You should however seriously consider to upgrade your virtual hardware

to v 7 though. this way you will take full advantage of the

improvements vsphere introduced.Disk.SchedNumReqOutstanding

Duncan

VMware Communities User Moderator | VCP | VCDX

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