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Hello.

I am trying to migrate my ESXi hypervisor to new disks. What is simplest way to do so ? System is unlicensed ESXi .

Want to move from a 2TB SATA drive to SAS drives.

Regards,

Jose
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I would use VMware Converter Standalone 4.3 or 5.0

Download VMware vCenter Converter here
http://downloads.vmware.com/d/info/datacenter_downloads/vmware_vcenter_converter_standalone/4_0

VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 4.x Documentation
http://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/converter_pubs.html

VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 4.3 User Guide
http://www.vmware.com/pdf/convsa_43_guide.pdf

If you have issues, you may want to consult the following guides

Read fellow Expert Bestway's article.
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/VMWare/A_3639-VMware-vConverter-P2V-for-Windows-Servers.html

Best Practice Video Guide here
http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1004588

Check the video here I created earlier, and you can see the process.

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/VMWare/Q_27232719.html?cid=1572#a36291208

Other Options:-

1. Veeam FastSCP (http://www.veeam.com/vmware-esxi-fastscp.html)

Fast Virtual Machine / File Transfer. Faster than WinSCP and other SCP-based tools as it uses full network capacity. The Veeam FastSCP engine also features traffic compression and empty block removal for best file copy performance.

You can use FastSCP to connect to the ESX/ESXi server, and download the entire virtual machine folder/directory to the current workstation or server, where yov've connected from. You must ensure that the virtual machines are powered off to complete this operation.

2. Datastore browser

The datastore browser is included in the vSphere GUI Client, and enables you access to the datastore, virtual machines are stored on. You can simple use the cut and paste, or download/upload options to backup and restore virtual machines. Again to copy a virtual machine, the virtual machine must be powered off.

Restoring with options 9 and 10, above, you must add the Virtual Machine manually to the inventory, by selecting the vmx file in the datastore browser, right click on the *.vmx file, and select "Add to Inventory".

You could also checkout my Backup Article, which has options for Free ESXi.

VMware ESX/ESXi Backup Guide
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Thanks for the quick response ... If i currently have a RAID 1 with all my VMs and hypervisor installed and want to move to a RAID 1 in the same system with smaller SAS drives for the hypervisor and 1 VM ( want the other RAID 1 for other VMs) will the vmware converter help here or is another option more appropriate...


Jose
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VMware Converter is just really a tool, that will allow you to copy them between datastores, with ease.

You can use Veeam FastSCP or The datastore browse to move them.

(you could download a trial of vCenter Server, and use the MIgrate Option as well).

Have you though about installing the Hypervisor on a USB flash drive, and then you can dedicate ALL you RAID 1 array for a datastore.
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you could also use Ghost4Linux and "image" the disk to the new disk. This EE user did it successfully:-

check the article quickly because, it's likely to be deleted, as it's a closed question.
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by:JoseD7
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actually yes on the USB or SSD ...

where is this article?
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Also lets say for now i just want to get my hypervisor to an SSD how would you approach that? Lets say i want to copy just the files that would get my ssd to boot the hypervisor instead of my raid 1. If i scp into the system which files would i copy to the ssd? Would that work or would i need to reformat the other drives and get the VMs of first? sorry for all the questions
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Here is the VMware KB on installing 4.1 on USB/SD:
http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1020655

Its a waste of time using a SSD to boot ESXi 4.1, ESXi 4.1 goes memory resident after booting, if you are going to use an SSD use it for the datastore.

I would re-install ESXi 4.1 on a USB/SD card.
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thanks for the info.

 1 more thing does the esxi host need to be in maintenance mode to transfer a vm to a different datastore ?

Jose
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No, ESXi does not need to be in Maintenance Mode.
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