VMware Hardware upgrade
Posted on 2009-12-28
I have a VMware esx3i 32 bit version (Free Version, no support).
It has been working amazing on my supported motherboard (Tyan) with xeon CPU 2,66Ghz Dual core socket 604 with 12GB of Memory. This is a 32 bit plattform
I now need to upgrade my hardware to 64 bit platform and I indeed found an opteron motherboard compatible with ESX3i.
I need to install production virtuall machine that are 64 bit and I need to upgrade the exchange 2003 to exchange 2007 64 bit.
I still need to keep the old virtual environment that is installed on Raid5 (4 Disk of 250GB Each) .
My question is if I upgrade the motherboard as 64 bit and I plug back the the raid5 that is configured on Adaptec Sata Raid controller do the vmware esx will see the new motherboard?
If yes, can I upgrade the old vmware esx 32bit to Vshere 64 bit with VmWare version 4?
I need to know that before I start to replace the motherboard, if I cannot just replace the old 32 bit mainboard with the new one 64 bit, what's the correct way to achieve this goal?