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I need a quick answer as to whether I can just move a VM currently running on ESX 4 to the newest version of ESXi 5.1?  

 I did a quick search and all I could find was how to upgrade a ESX 4 server to an  ESXi 5.1 server.  I did not come across anything which said if the VMs were compatible.  

I need to move some VMs off of an ESX 4 server onto a completely new server and I was wondering if I could install ESXi 5.1 and just copy the VMs over.
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All VMware VMs are portable, across platforms (at least the most current ones). The only thing to be aware of is Virtual Hardware and VMware Tools will need to be upgraded, but the VMs will still run fine.

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If you have a plan for the VMs to be on v5 temporarily, then no need to upgrade 'hardware' or 'tools'...
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It's ESXi 5.0, we've not got ESXi 5.1 yet!

The answer is yes, the ESX 4.0 to ESXi 5.0 is built into the new Installer.

All Version Machine 4.0 VMs from ESXi/ESX 4.x, are compatible with ESXi 5.0, you can edit and run Virtual Machine 4.0 VMs, but you cannot create Version 4.0 VMs.

But you can create, edit and run Version 7 and 8 VMs.

So yes, they are compatible.
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Wow.  Thanks for the quick replies.
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