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pilot8
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Moving VM from esxi 3.5 to vsphere 4.1

Hello,

I have a need to move many VMs in ESXi 3.5 to vsphere 4.1 - ESXi 3.5  is not manged by vcenter. It is a stand alone server. I can power all the VMs down and move it to Vsphere 4.1. My plan is to copy the VMS from the ESXi3.5 store to Vsphere 4.1 data store than power it up. Is there anything else I need to do to make sure vsphere 4.1 recognized these VMs. What is the easiest and quickest method to accomplish the above task.

Regards,

JOe

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nava_thulasi39

Hi,

Hope, This link http://wiert.me/2010/09/23/moving-my-vms-from-esx-3-5-to-esxi-4-1/ may help you to get some idea about it.

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Shakaal
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Hi,

above plan is absolutely fine, the only thing you can do incase Storage is shared is that you don't have to move the VM's just unregister and re-register them on new host after powering them off.

Regards

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a_p_
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If I understand this correctly you will deploy another, new host wit ESXi 4.1?

Before you start to copy the VM's files, ensure they don't have any active snapshots (no -00000x.vmdk files in the datastore), then use e.g. Veeam FastSCP as mentioned in the above provided link. Once the files are on the new host you just need to right click the VM's .vmx file in the datastore browser to add them to the inventory.

André

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pilot8
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Hello,

Thank you all for your suggestions. Is there anything that is less complicated to use. I heard that you can clone the esxi 3.5 on a vsphere 4.1 esxi vcenter and this will take care of all the manual tweakings for you. Is this really true?

I am not clear on number 2 on this link http://wiert.me/2010/09/23/moving-my-vms-from-esx-3-5-to-esxi-4-1/

I am not understanding what it means "If none of your .vmx files contain spaces, ....."

2.

If none of your .vmx files contain spaces, you can find the ones containing “sched.swap.derivedName” using this command-line on your ESXi console (or ssh connection):

jOe

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arturka
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Hi

I would do V2V using vCenter converter standalone version. It allow you to do live migration, synchronization, customization etc. For example, you could start V2V (live - running VM) over weekdays and do final synchronization and switch over to new servers during weekend. In this scenario you have minimum downtime production VMs.

Artur

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