usb stick clone util.

Hello Experts.
This is a continuation of my last question.
It's a different topic so i made a new question.

I want to upgrade esxi4.1 to esxi5.0.
In the same process i want to swap the  usb-flashdrive for a better quallity one.

What are the best steps to do?
first clone the usb disk onto the the new one?, and the upgrade v4.1 to v5

or

Install v5 onto the new usb-flash drive one , install the raid driver, and then tell the installer to use the existing data-stores.

What is the best procedure?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Personally, I would not upgrade, I would install a fresh installation on new flash drive.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
if you do want to experiment with cloning or just having a backup, please follow my walkthrough EE article

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/VMWare/A_5409-How-to-Backup-an-ESXi-installation-on-an-USB-Flash-Drive-or-SD-card-for-security-or-redundancy.html
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
I would install ESXi onto a USB flash drive or SD card.

Here is the VMware KB on installing 4.1 on USB/SD:
http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1020655

Here is the VMware KB on installing 5.0 on USB/SD:
http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2004784
                                                      
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bastouwAuthor Commented:
hancchocka:

Just to make absolutely sure, i need this one:

 
 vSphere esxi 5.0
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
yes, it works with all versions, it was published before v5.0!

To edit the article would cause it to be unpublished for a while before mods review again!
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bastouwAuthor Commented:
unfortually the raid driver (Areca 1880) is not certified yet, so i cannot yet install 5.0

that leaves me with 2 choices, make a copy of the old usb to the new usb flash memory.
or make a fresh install of the 4.1 version onto the new usb-flash.

What would you recommend?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
If you want to make sure your ESXi 4.1 is on better media, I would quickly clone, follow my EE article.

How to Backup an ESXi installation on an USB Flash Drive or SD card, for security or redundancy.

It's designed to allow you to backup ESXi installations, just in case.
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bastouwAuthor Commented:
i try you solution in a test situation, works like a champ ! (as always).

but in this case there maybe a small problem, i do not have a machine whith the "internal usb connector"

i know it's a normal mobo usb connector.  i have:

http://www.informatique.nl/115087/transcend-usb-flash-module-vertical-2gb.html

i think this will fit on any mobo usb connector

the "clone" software Winimage runs under windows, what i don't have running on that esxi server.

I can use any other computer like my own a home to do the cloning becouse you can remove the "source" usb stick when the esxi server is up and running i have understand from you article, and then put it later in the server, change the usb boot order in the bios (if nessesary), and boot from the new 2GB-Transcend module,   am i correct?

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Yes, that's correct.
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