ubutnu
Contributor
Contributor

Vmware Esxi 5.1 replication with 6.5

Hi

 

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 .

 

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ashilkrishnan
VMware Employee
VMware Employee

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.

What is vSphere Replication 

vSphere replication FAQ 

Hope that helps.

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ubutnu
Contributor
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sure Mr. 

 

answering

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ashilkrishnan
VMware Employee
VMware Employee

@ubutnu ,

I hope you are aware that version 5.1 is end of life. If you still decide to go with vSphere 5.1, yes you need a compatible vSphere replication.

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nachogonzalez
Expert
Expert

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:

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https://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/sim/interop_matrix.php#interop&1=&671=

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)

 

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