VMWARE: vmotion.. ESX 3.5 update 2 - Can we migrate from one model of AMD processor to another?

Posted on 2008-11-19
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
The basic question is:

We have a ESX 3.5 update 2 environment.

One of the servers is running an Opteron 8220.

Will there be an issue with vMotion if we add a server running an Opteron 8387?

In other words, can we mix processor types?  Is there a limitation moving from Intel to AMD, etc.?


Question by:jgordos
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    Definitely from Intel to AMD there will be issues for a hot move (vmotion), shutdown migration should be no issues.

    AMD to AMD should be OK if CPU micro code or instruction sets are the same.
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    Yes you can do it with ESX 3.5 update 2
    you should not be running into any issues if you have the "enhanced Vmotion compatibility" enabled.

    check this post which talks about a user migrating VMs across different servers

    More info on what "EVC" is

    this is the list of Processors supported for "EVC"

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