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Fastest way o transfer Vmware ESX files to another ESX server

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Hello

We are about to begin a migration to a new storage enviroment. What is the fastest tool to transfer Vmware data files between ESX servers

We looked into Veeam FastSCP but kind of lost on how it functions
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Veeam FastSCP is an option. It's an SCP tool, so you add hosts to it supplying root credentials, then you browse to the datastores and so simple copies. If the files are VMs, the VMs must be powered down.
http://www.veeam.com/vmware-esxi-fastscp.html

If you wanna retain VMs on the hosts they're on, if you have at least Ent Plus licensing, you can use sVMotion (Storage VMotion).

Another option would be to use vCenter Converter, or Converter Standalone tool. Regardless which method you choose, it will take a bit of time, dependent upon NIC speed (100Mb vs 1Gb), size of VM/data files, etc.

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I meant to type "DO simple copies", not 'so'. :P

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And yet another option is to use Datastore Browser window. But, without sVMotion, Veeam is probably your fastest option, because WinSCP and Datastore Browser, and even Converter would take a bit more time to transfer the files/VMs.

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by:skyjumperdude
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Great thank you. Do you know of any decent walk throughs on using FastSCP for ESX to ESX migrations.

Hosting will be on our new C3000 HP blade enclosure
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Well, no documentation is provided on Veeam's site really. It's VERY easy to use. Download it from the link I provided, and install it on your local workstation. It looks a bit like an explorer window...kinda. On the left side, bottom, you'll see a "Servers" section. Right-click and select to 'Add' your hosts. You will be prompted to add the root credentials. Once both are added, you just click the "+" sign next to each to browse to the datastore location of the files (VMs?) you wanna copy. Right-click the folder, or individual file, and select 'Copy'. Browse the 2nd host datastore location you want to place the files, right-click in the 'space' at that location (on the lower right side of the Veeam window), then select 'Paste'.

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Well, I take that back..somewhat. You can see a screenshot of what it looks like on the link I provided. I've attached the screenshot for you. If you click on the resources tab/link from the URL I provided, they have several screenshots to kinda walk you through it.

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