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How can I upgrade VMWare VirtualCenter 2.5 to vCenter Server 4 on new hardware?

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I have a very basic VMWare setup with one management server and one ESX 3.5 host. I installed all the VirtualCenter components on the management server using all the defaults and a local database as listed below.

Management Server:
VirtualCenter Server 2.5
License Server 2.5
Update Manager 1.0
Capacity Planner 2.6
Infrastructure Update 2.5
VI Client 2.5
Converter Enterprise 4.0
SQL Server Express 2005

The server is old (P3 1GHz 1GB RAM) so I would like to upgrade to faster and more reliable hardware. I also would like to upgrade to vCenter Server 4.

What is the best way to go about this?
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Thanks ryder0707. I tried to find this exact type of doc on the VMWare site and couldn't. I must have been looking in the wrong place.

So it appears from the guide that since the license server is on the old VirtualCenter server, I want to leave it up and running while I setup vCenter on the new server. Then I should stop the VirtualCenter service on the old server before connecting to the copied database on the new one. And then once the ESX host has been upgraded and the new license is on the new vCenter server I can uninstall the old license server.

Do I have that order correct?

And then at that point do I need to uninstall the old VirtualCenter server and be sure not to start the VirtualCenter service again?
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Yeah...and no you dont have to uninstall it will be upgraded
Cheers!
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