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VMware: How to Migrate Virtual Machine from VMWare Server to VMWare esx 3i

daveviolante asked
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Last Modified: 2012-05-06
Hello everyone:

I need to explain what I need to do, here you go:

I have VMWare Server installed on to of a Windows Server 2003 and I am running all my network environment virtually. The server is a power full computer game machine that has been modified has a server, but is not a server of course so doesn't support the installation of VMWare esx 3i.

The Server that we currently using actually has been doing well but over time there is lack in performance indeed VMWare server is not the same has the esx 3i. VMware esx 3i has all of you knows run directly into the hardware. The actual server has 8 GB of Memory and Dual core AMD 2.8 GHZ. This is kind of powerful computer but still not good enough for our environment. We run two DC, one File server, one Exchange Server, all that is virtual

We built a new server that will support esx 3i. We need to use the same environment.

How can we migrate the virtual machines from the VMware server to the esx 3i?

We cannot afford to loose a virtual machine especially the Exchange. Does anybody direct me to a good guide and also explain how and if this kind of migration can be done?
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You can simply copy over the VMDK files and vmx file.. If you are using VMWAre Server it will create a directory for every single machine you create. So imply copy over this directory using a tool like WinSCP (explorer like program with which you can copy to a linux machine using SSH) and go to ESX and import a new VMWAre machine using the VMX file you've just copied.. Also, when the computer asks you which disks to use, tell it to use the disks you've allready created on the VMWare Server..

And this is a good link to start with...


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It seems that you really know what you are talking about, but the problem is that I am not Linux guru at all I am windows guy specialized on Exchange Server and Windows server. I need to be able to be driven on step by step guide line or such.

I know that sound is silly but also the other IT guy that is Unix Admin and VMware certified is on Holiday.
This means I need to do everything on my own and I am afraid to make an irreparable mistake. I am really concerned about the Exchange.


Thanks for the link I am going to look at it right now.


The link seems to be good, actually really good.

I am starting the process right now. If something goes wrong I'll comeback to you.


Perfect exactly what I wanted as info.

Issue is solved. Very Good.

Hy dave,

Good luck with the migration and don't worry, i'm also more of a Windows Exchange guys who happens to do a lot with VMWare.. I don't have that much Linux knowledge also, but thank god (or VMWare)  for Virtual Center :) :)

And also, as long as you keep the old files on yourVMWAre server you can always go back to that old situaion if everything goes bad...
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