Solved

Move/Duplicate ESXi5 disk

Posted on 2012-03-12
6
654 Views
Last Modified: 2012-03-13
Bonjour,

ESXi is installed on 2 mirrored 300Gb SAS disks: I feel more secured with hard drive vs USB boot.
The VM and .vmsk are on 3 else 300Gb SAS disks (RAID 5)

I wish to  use 2x smaller SATA disks (146Gb) for ESXi and thus be able to add the mirrored 300 Gb to the RAID 5, then increase the datastore and so the vmdisks usable space.

1) How can I "diskcopy" the ESXi 300Gb mirrored disk to the new 146Gb mirrored set ?

2) Is it possible in the same way to move ESXi from hard disk to USB ? and duplicate USB in order to have a spare ?

Thanks for your kind help,

Jean-Jacques
0
Comment
Question by:SAJJITER
  • 3
  • 3
6 Comments
 
LVL 119
ID: 37711304
0
 

Author Comment

by:SAJJITER
ID: 37712633
Hanccocka,

Solution 1 : Problem is not about cloning virtual machine, we use Veeam, but ESXi installation itself.

Solution 2 : This installation is not on an USB Flash drive or SD card.
So it seems 2nd solution will not allow a simple way to clone 330Gb hard drive ESXi installation to a 146 Gb one, and would oblige to install a MS Windows on the server to be able to use winimage.

Solution 3 : Referring to the FAQ, cloning a mirrored set of disk and cloning to smaller disk seems a tough job with G4L... If that was not relevant, where/how should I install G4L ?

Isn't there a magic CD I could boot on and do the job, whatever the source (300 Gb mirrored) and the target (146 Gb mirrored or USB Flash drive) ?

Thanks for your support,
0
 
LVL 119
ID: 37712648
You only option is to clone using G4L, ESXi from 300Gb to 146Gb disks, but to be honest its hardly worth the effort

reinstall ESXi p, it only takes a few minutes to install, and if you make a backup of the config using VCLI, using the vicfgbackup.pl command, you can restore the config.

So in summary

1. yes use G4L if you really wantbto, but I would not bother.

2. yes, use G4L, but I would install new,restore backup config.


then use my article to clone, copy usb flash drive.
0
PRTG Network Monitor: Intuitive Network Monitoring

Network Monitoring is essential to ensure that computer systems and network devices are running. Use PRTG to monitor LANs, servers, websites, applications and devices, bandwidth, virtual environments, remote systems, IoT, and many more. PRTG is easy to set up & use.

 

Author Comment

by:SAJJITER
ID: 37713129
Do VCLI and vicfgbackup.pl command work on ESXi 5 ?
A quick googling returns no HowTo but japanese !-)
0
 
LVL 119

Accepted Solution

by:
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 500 total points
ID: 37713786
Yes, vCLI is here

http://www.vmware.com/support/developer/vcli/

and the commands are

To backup the host you would run the command.

vicfg-cfgbackup.pl --server <server_name> -s <backup_file_name>

To restore your backup configuration to your host you would run. This will cause the host to reboot once the process is complete.

vicfg-cfgbackup.pl --server <server_name> -l <backup_file_name>

I think this would be the quickest way for you, backup your configuration, install a new ESXi on USB, and then restore configuration.
0
 

Author Comment

by:SAJJITER
ID: 37716479
Clear!

Thanks.
0

Featured Post

Optimizing Cloud Backup for Low Bandwidth

With cloud storage prices going down a growing number of SMBs start to use it for backup storage. Unfortunately, business data volume rarely fits the average Internet speed. This article provides an overview of main Internet speed challenges and reveals backup best practices.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

When we have a dead host and we lose all connections to the ESXi, and we need to find a way to move all VMs from that dead ESXi host.
This article will show you how to create an ISO CD-ROM/DVD-ROM image (*.iso), and MD5 checksum signature, for use with VMware vSphere Hypervisor 6.5 (ESXi 6.5). It's a good idea to compare checksums, because many installations fail because of a corr…
This tutorial will show how to configure a new Backup Exec 2012 server and move an existing database to that server with the use of the BEUtility. Install Backup Exec 2012 on the new server and apply all of the latest hotfixes and service packs. The…
This tutorial will walk an individual through setting the global and backup job media overwrite and protection periods in Backup Exec 2012. Log onto the Backup Exec Central Administration Server. Examine the services. If all or most of them are stop…

777 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question