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How do I move a virtaul server from one ESXI (free version) to another?

Posted on 2011-10-12
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I just need to move the server to another ESXI box
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by:sanjayks
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Its very simple. Go to Vsphere select the virtual server, right click and select migrate then select the destination which is your new ESXI box.
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1.  Use 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. Use 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 1 and 2, 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".
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@sanjayks: you can't use the 'migrate' feature without vCenter. Altho it isn't explicitly stated that vCenter isn't used, the poster does mention "free version", which we can assume vCenter isn't used. vCenter could be downloaded/used as 'trial' though, but probably more work/take longer than what is necessary.

@boxer327: another alternative you can use, if you need to keep your VMs on (mostly), is vCenter Converter Standalone tool:
https://www.vmware.com/tryvmware/?p=converter&source=web&cd=2&ved=0CDMQFjAB&url=http://www.vmware.com/go/getconverter&rct=j&q=vcenter%20converter%20standalone&ei=O4eVTuGeAoansQLSyqyQDA&usg=AFQjCNH3Et0HlSZPzkw2VZxLVZoNZ_yY5g; User's Guide:
http://www.vmware.com/pdf/convsa_50_guide.pdf, starting on pg. 74 for steps. If you need further help/troubleshooting with Converter, you can reference the Guide, or VMware's KB here: http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1004588

Regards,
~coolsport00
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Please clarify the above doubts as I am also using trial version with Vcentre and Vsphere.

Thanks
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by:coolsport00
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@sanjayks: The poster more than likely is NOT using vCenter, by his reference of "free version" in his post. As such, the migration feature cannot be used, since it is a function/feature of vCenter Server. If he were to download vCenter and install it, and take hosts out of 'free' mode by removing the license, he could then use the migrate feature. But, that would take more time than is necessary. Since you are using vCenter in trial mode, you have all available functions/features of vSphere and thus are able to do migrations.
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by:boxer327
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Coolsport nailed it. I only had problems because I was exporting to 5.0 from 4.0 and had to get the most up to date converter tool. Thanks Coolsport & everyone for your incite.  
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Thanks again
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Glad to help...
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