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Migrate a host to another Host

Posted on 2008-10-27
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Hello.

I need to move a Host including all the Guest exist in that host to another completely new host. What is the best way to complete this? I'looking to replace one physical server running 3.02 with another esx. The storage is on local disk, and the server is not part of the cluster.  

ESX 3.0.2 version
VC 2.2 version

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You could do a simple file copy using WinSCP.  Also, you could mount the local disk as a secondary drive in the new Host and use the VC Client to move the guest location.

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I never did that... u think mount the local disk as a secondary drive in the new host will work w/o any issue?
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I would first load the OS on the new host hardware.  I would be careful not to use an identical name as the Datastore name on the old server.  Then I think you could connect the old drive as a secondary drive and use the VI Client to scan for the Datastore on the old volume.

However, there could be lots of issues.  It would be very smart to backup the Guest on the original Host first.

Also, various issues could arise relating to drive types.

But if you could get this to work, it would be fast.  Another strategy is to connect an additional drive to the original server, create a Datastore on it, like DS2, then clone the Guest Machine to the new drive.  Then your old one is still online, and you can mount the second drive in the new Host server as a second drive and either use it there or clone it to the first drive in the new Host Server.

That's how I'd do it.

Good Luck,

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