Migrate VMs from ESXi 4.1.0 to new physical servfer

We currenlty have a server running ESXi 4.1.0 with three Windows 2008 Server virtual machines.  I have taken delivery of a new server and I need to migrate these to the new hardware.  How can I do this reducing downtime.  We are using the free products.

I see ESXi 5.0 is now out.  Is this still free to download and, if so, will our VMs run on this?
canuckconsultingAsked:
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
VMware Converter 4.3 and 5.0 are both FREE products.

Other methods for free include Veeam FastSCP and using the Datastore browser, where you woulc copy your virtual machines whilst OFF, to a workstation/server, and then use the same product to upload and register these VMs on the new host. (server).

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.

3. WinSCP (http://winscp.net/eng/index.php)

WinSCP is also an alternative, but claimed not as fast as Veeam FastSCP.

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".

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IanThCommented:
if you put the v5 cd into a v4 server it will upgrade the version
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canuckconsultingAuthor Commented:
Thanks guys!

If I upgrade the exising server first to 5.0 does this offer any advantages to migrating the vms from the old to the new server?  Is there a way to do this while the VMs are active?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
If I upgrade the exising server first to 5.0 does this offer any advantages to migrating the vms from the old to the new server?

No.

Using VMware Converter can convert a virtual machine whilst powered on.
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canuckconsultingAuthor Commented:
I have installed VSphere 5 on the new server and installed

I have intalled the VMWare coverter and when I select the source machine I get a message saying Cannot convert a powered on machine.  Is there a way around this?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Install converter on the machine to be converted!
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canuckconsultingAuthor Commented:
Thanks!
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