What is the best approach to migrating from esx 3.0 to esx 3.5?
We have one 3.02 ESX host with 3 virtual servers - Exchange 2003, Exchange 2007 and Blackberry. Exchange 2003 is in production. Exchange 2007 is built with one test mailbox on it. Blackberry is in production.
We want to use same host upgraded to 3.5.
What is best approach?
Migrate mailboxes from Exchange 2003 to 2007 on 3.02 host and be left wtih 2 virtual servers.
Swing VSs to other ESX 3.5 host if available or upgrade current esx host? Use cloing?
When cloning, do you have to:
Shutdown Exchange services
Clone to 3.5 VS
Run a database consistency check on Exchange database?
Start services on cloned VS.
Any steps on cloning would be helpful. I am new to VMware.
Also, right now there is no backup setup on 3.02 esx. How can I get to backing up host and VS? Do I need to be on 3.5 with Consolidated Backup?
Any VMware guidance is appreciated.