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Transfer vCenter 5.5 from old Windows Server to new Windows Server

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Hello! Friends! I need your advice.
Today in organization we have vCenter 5.5 on Windows Server 2008 R2.
The goal is to transfer vCenter to new Windows Server (I have 2019 Windows Server)
I understand that I have very old version of vCenter, but today it impossible to upgrade it.
So, my plan:

1. stop vcenter services on Windows 2008 R2

2. Backup the vcenter database

3. Turn off the old server.

4. Creating a new server

5. On the new server, we deploy SQL, restore the database there from the backup.

6. Distribute the necessary rights to this database for accounting in the a vCenter.

7. Run vCenter installer, select the existing database, specify the login password to the database.

Will it work? How I understand it will not problems with working hypervisor hosts? And what about certificates?

Thank you!!!

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jburen
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There is an article about this: https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/5850444.

 

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Thank for your answer!

I will see!!!

How I understand I can use SQL 2012?

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the newest supportes os-version for vcenter 5.5 is windows server 2012r2

 

https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/2091273

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There is an article about this: https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/5850444.

 

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Thank for your answer!

I will see!!!

How I understand I can use SQL 2012?

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How I understand I can use vcenter appliance. May be it will be better way?

And can I save my current vcenter configuration?

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You can migrate your Windows vCenter to an appliance: https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-vSphere/6.5/com.vmware.vsphere.upgrade.doc/GUID-9A117817-B78D-4BBE...

 

 

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Thank you for your help!

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Thank for your help!  So, I need you advice again.
Today I have vMware vCenter 5.5.0 and Hypervisor hosts version 5.1.0 (Release build-3070626 Sep 15 2015 05:29:41 x86_64 GNU/Linux).
I saw matrix and I see that I can update vsphere from 5.5.0 to 6.0.0 U2. Is it right?
And what about my hypervisors(5.1.0)? Could they work with this vCenter?

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Interoperability between VMware solutions can be checked at https://interopmatrix.vmware.com/#/Interoperability. But ESXi 5.1is no longer on the list... Please consider upgrading to a supported version...

 

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