Nikituki
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Convert virtual machines from ESX 3.5 to 4.1

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Hello,

I want to migrate from ESX 3.5 to vSphere 4.1. Do I need to convert a virtual machines or I can just copy them?

Sorry for my bad English.

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Dave_Mishchenko
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ESXi 4.x supports hardware version 4 VMs so you can run the VMs hosted on your 3.5 system without changes.  It's a good idea to update VMware Tools after you migrate the VM and if you want to take advantage of 4.1 feature you can update the virtual machine hardware (to version 7) after you've migrated them.  You can run  version 7 VMs on ESX 3.5.

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Dave_Mishchenko
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ESXi 4.x supports hardware version 4 VMs so you can run the VMs hosted on your 3.5 system without changes.  It's a good idea to update VMware Tools after you migrate the VM and if you want to take advantage of 4.1 feature you can update the virtual machine hardware (to version 7) after you've migrated them.  You can run  version 7 VMs on ESX 3.5.

Dave
VMware Communities User Moderator

Free ESXi Essentials training / eBook offer

Now available - VMware ESXi: Planning, Implementation, and Security

Also available - vSphere Quick Start Guide

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