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Cloning ESXi from SD-Card to SSD/HDD

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Hi there
Is it possible to clone the ESXi installation from SD-card to SSD/HDD?
I have done it only the other way yet -> HDD to SD-card

If possible could anyone please post a how-to!?
Any help is much appreciated!
Thanks in advance!

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pkvmw
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An alternative would be:

1. Taking a configuration backup of ESXi
2. Reinstall ESXi with the same build version on the SSD
3. Restore the configuration backup

To backup and restore the configuration see https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/2042141

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Techstarts
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Have you tried Mark's blog? https://virtualhobbit.com/2015/11/20/cloning-the-esxi-boot-volume/

I believe you just have to be careful with Identify the disk.

 

Or you can simple backup ESXi configuration and restore back.

With Great Regards,
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depping
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Do note, vmware does not officially support this process. And personally I feel reinstalling and reconfiguring typically is just as "easy".

pkvmw
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An alternative would be:

1. Taking a configuration backup of ESXi
2. Reinstall ESXi with the same build version on the SSD
3. Restore the configuration backup

To backup and restore the configuration see https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/2042141

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Techstarts
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While cloning an ESXi boot device in order to speed up the deployment of servers has been a practice for some customers, this workflow is not at all supported by VMware. This is because our ESXi’s operating system expects that each server will have a unique System Universally Unique Identifier (UUID). Cloning an ESXi boot device will also replicate that System UUID, which can lead to VMFS corruption

 

Above statement from the below KB Article, hopefully will prevent/scare anyone to do follow this method.

https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/84280

With Great Regards,
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