Moving from VMware Server 2.0 to ESXi is it easy?

Posted on 2009-04-17
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
I want to take the virtual vmdk from vmware server 2.0 and move it to esxi server is that possible?
Question by:sj77
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    Assisted Solution

    Yes, you just need VMware converter.

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    Not all VMs are conversion worthy - Exchange, SQL, Active Directory, etc. With these types of VMs, you're better off doing a migration. Otherwise, use vCenter converter Standalone and convert your VMS 2 VMs to Virtual Infrastructure VMs. What OSes are running as guests on VMS 2? You may also have to consider using an imaging software such as Acronis Echo for Servers or Symantec BackupExec System Recovery (both with the Universal Restore option).

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    Is this possible since I can't go that route above?

    Windows Server 2008 with Vmware Server 2.0 - Virtual Machine (Linux) with Vmware Server 2.0.1 - -> Windows Server 2003 (as a virtual server of vmware Server 2.0.1 of the linux box).  Then I could take the image that is on linux and move it to another linux box with VMware Server 2.0.1 and just attach it with out any problems?
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    Virtual Machines are just a set of files comprising VMX, VMDK and NVRAM files.
    You can use VMware vConverter to migrate VMs from one source to another.
    For more info, please go through this URL -

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    Is your Windows 2003 server running any mission critical applications or services?

    The simplest way of migrating your Windows 2003 VM would be to use VMware's vCenter Converter Standalone software to do the migration for you. In Converter, you will pick the location of your VM (on your Linux Host) and the destination (on the ESXi server or another server running VMS 2.0.1). You can keep your VM running or power it down during this process.

    Yes, a VM is comprised of sets of files and you can download these files from your datastore and upload them to another datastore (recommend your VM to be offline when you do this) and start it up again with no issues (other than acknowledging that it's been copied or moved), although you can do this simple process with Converter through its GUI.

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