I have esxi 5.1 installed on my server with 5 VMs and now we need backup for VMs so if i buying ESXI 6.5 the future for replication it will work with old VMware or what the best solution for this .
Hi @ubutnu ,
vSphere replication is not really a backup solution, but a recovery solution. With that being said, it does let you make copy of VMs within the same vCenter or to a different vCenter. Unlike a backup solution, vSphere replication will only let you make a single copy for one VM.
To use vSphere replication, you need compatible versions of vCenter server and ESXi hosts.
Hope that helps.
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sure Mr. ashilkrishnan So now you said you need compatible versions of vCenter server and ESXi hosts.
So i need vCenter and Esxi New versions compatible with Esxi 5.1 according to your experience new Versions compatible with 5.1 .
Thank you for your answering
As it was mentioned before:
- vSphere replication is not a backup solution, it's for replication (meaning you will need to replicate data from Site (or host) A to Site (or host B)
- vSphere 5.1 it's long dead (meaning you will not get updates nor support from vmware.
As for your "Will it work?" question:
No, it won't
Here is VMware's product interoperability matrix:
What it says is what product is supported with each other, I have tested in my test lab (for a previous project and migrating 5.1 to 6.5 failed)
As for what is the best solution:
Here is what i would do:
-- Assuming you have a shared storage on your ESXi host.
I would buy a new host and mount the previous storage to the new host, then upgrade VM hardware and vmware tools.
-- If you don't have a shared storage I would get one and use it as a pivot from 5.1 to 6.5 (or 6.7)