Hi to All
We have 3x VMWare ESXi host in a Cluster Envronment running vSphere 6 & vCenter 6.0, we have already purchased 2 new Servers and a new shared storage (where if we want we can present it on the old cluster).
We're planning to migrate all the virtual machines to a new Cluster hosts running VMWare ESXi host vSphere 7 and vCenter Server 7, which is the best approach to migrate the Virtual Machines in this configuration?
You can present the shared storage to both groupes of hosts as a datastore.
1) in esxi 6.0, migrate the VM to the shared storage .
2) shut down the VM and remove it from inventory.
3) in esxi 7.0, browse the shared storage , navigate to the folder of the VM and add it to invetory, the power on the VM. you can optionally upgrade the hardware version to match the new hosts
With this approach the downtime will be like 5 minutes.
What is your vSphere replication version ?
on other thought, you can use VMware standalone converter if you can tolerate a downtime, just know that it is no longer supported by VMware (there are some rumors suggestion a new version soon) and for windows machine it must be powered off. a second option is to use a backup software to backup the machine form the old plateforme and then restore it on the new one.