jamesnb1
Enthusiast
Enthusiast

How to "move" ESXi to different media?

Hello everyone,

First of all, I am pretty new to the ESXi so thank you for being patient

According to this article: https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/85685

The support for SD/USB card is going to the end for next major updates.

We have the ESXi installed on dual SD cards but plan to move to a internal SSD.

Is there a way to "migrate" the entire ESXi Operating system from SD card to another Hard drive while keeping the configuration intact?

And for the VMs, In my test lab, we have 3 VM installed on a spearated datastorage, how could I "restore" them in the new installation?

Thank you again for any advice

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larstr
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jamesnb1,

You will need to install the same build of ESXi on new media and restore the config from the old disk. VMFS volumes will be preserved during a reinstall.

https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/2042141

 

Lars

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jakorsme
Contributor
Contributor

I read the entire article. I'm still unclear as to if using an USB stick as a boot device with scratch moved to an internal drive's subdirectory under root is also deprecated?

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