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

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.?


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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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Naga Bhanu Kiran KotaCommented:

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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