I'm working with an org who is considering having a couple of ESXi servers running on low end machines. The budget is non-existent, hence the free ESXi and old machines. Nothing that I can do there.
Everything should theoretically work, but I'm looking for information on transfering VM's from one esxi server to another. I don't see them having to do this frequently, but it may happen as drives start to fail, power supplies show signs of weakness, etc.
I've read disappointing information that transferring from ESXi to ESXi is slow, capped at 10MB/s. That won't be workable with 100gb vm's.
for example read this: http://community.spiceworks.com/topic/105842
I initially thought that I'd just transfer using SSH/SCP. Questions/issues:
1) On a test box, I tried to SCP in using Filezilla from a windows box. I get an error 128. Any idea there? SSH is enabled and I can get in fine using ssh directly.
2) I'm looking for ideas for ways to transfer vm files from ESXi to ESXi. 10MB/s isn't going to cut it. Thoughts?
2a) I was thinking about setting up an iSCSI vm. Then I'd copy from the datastore to a datastore on the iSCSI, then copy from that iSCSI to the other ESXi server. Anyone have any experience with this? I'd be using a gigabit network, dedicated to iSCSI.
2b) Veeam FreeSCP - anyone have info on speed there?
3) Looking for alternatives to get the vm files from an ESXi datastore to a windows machine so that I could run them in VMWare workstation to test or temporarily in an emergency if a server is failing.