Maelito
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VMFS5 vs VMFS3: How do VM's behave?

Hi


With the advent of VMFS5 I have a few questions so maybe you guys can help?


  • If I create a VM on VMFS3 and move it to VMFS5:
      • Will the VM work OK on VMFS5?


  • If I then move the VM from VMFS5 to VMFS3:
      • Will the VM work OK on VMFS3 again?


  • If I create a VM on VMFS5 and move it to VMFS3:
      • Will the VM work OK on VMFS3?


  • If I then move the VM from VMFS3 to VMFS2:
      • Will the VM work OK on VMFS5 again?


I just want to be sure that the old VM's (created on VMFS3 on ESX3.x/4) hosts will be OK on the VMFS6 datastores?


Thanks, Maelito

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helltejas
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I don't think there is any issue of moving VMs form VMFS3 to 5..

post if any issue occurs:smileymischief:

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continuum
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YES to all your questions

only "issue" with VMFS 5 at the moment - you can only read it with ESXi.
VMFS 3 can also be read with Linux which is a major advantage in case you come across corrupt or partial corrupt VMFS volumes

Do you need support with a recovery problem ? - send a message via skype "sanbarrow"
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esnmb
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Just so I understand, VM's running hardware version 4 will be, as will the tools they are running?

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continuum
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sorry - I cant follow you.
What is your question ?

Do you need support with a recovery problem ? - send a message via skype "sanbarrow"
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esnmb
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LOL!  I think I was interupted during the post and submitted by mistake...  Sorry about that.

VM's running hardware version 4 and whatever tools they happen to be running will run on VMFS 5?

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continuum
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yes - but doing so does not really make sense - because you will not get any of the advantages of the newer virtual hardware

Do you need support with a recovery problem ? - send a message via skype "sanbarrow"
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esnmb
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Right. I just have close to 400 VM's and it will take time to get to all of them.  I'll most likely just move everything to hardware version 8 once all hosts and VMFS volumes are updated....

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danzig69
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I did your first 3 first question in the last 2 week and they all work. "VMFS3 and move it to VMFS5:" you will have the possibility to upgrade virtual hardware with a right click on the VM

I never try the last one VMFS3 to VMFS2.

I think you write a mistake " will be OK on the VMFS6 datastores?" maybe you want to write VMFS5

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