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VMware Infrastructure to Esxi 5.0

Good Morning,
I have a "hopefully easy" question for everyone.

Here is the scenario:

1.  I currenlty have 10 Virtual machines running on one host.  This is utilizing VMware Infrastructure server ( I believe 2.0)..  It runs on top of windows server 2003

I have a new Esxi server set up and vsphere installed..

what is the easiest way to get the 10 machines currently running on the VM Server to the new ESXI server?  If i use VM converter, how is this completed? (detailed please)..

can i simply go to the vsphere datastore and (upload) all of the folders for each VM from the old VM server?  are they compatible, or do they need to be converted first?

ANy help would be greatly appreciated.

Also, upon installing vsphere 5.0 it says that i am on a 60 day trial period..  is this just for vsphere?  or for esxi all together?  how much is a license "roughly"

Thanks in advance!

Brian
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
1. VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.0 conversion from VMware Server 2.0 is very straightfoward.

See my EE Articles, for Hints and Tips, Videos etc

HOW TO:  P2V, V2V for FREE - VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.0

HOW TO: Improve the transfer rate of a Physical to Virtual (P2V), Virtual to Virtual Conversion (V2V) using VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.0

Basic Liecnse is approx $500 for vSphere Essentials which is a license for 3 x Hosts (2 CPU) and vCenter Server, well worth it in my opinion for $500.

http://store.vmware.com/store/vmwde/en_GB/buy/productID.234152800

You can of course, get a free license by registering an applying at 59th day!

2. No, all your VMs be converted, because VMware Server 2.0 use a different format.
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ashwanijainCommented:
Hi,
The best way is use Vmware vsphere standalone converter.

Its very simple. Select the option to move powered on machine and selct the destination server to esxi 5.0.


Its a 60 days trail version.
Its license cost start from approx. USD 2000.
You can use free edition of esxi 5.0. To get the serial number Please register your emial id at vmware .com. You will get a serial number. Please enter a serial number in esxi 5.0.
but in free edition you can use more then 32 GB of Ram.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
@ashwanijain check here $700!

http://store.vmware.com/store/vmwde/en_GB/buy/productID.234152800

ESXi 5.1 (free) is restricted to use only 32GB per host server.
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