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Hello,

I am looking to upgrade a remote office.  They currently have one physical server, with one guest vm running on it.  It's an HP ML350 G5.

I've got an ESXi whitebox based on AMD that I'm wondering if I can build the new system on.  Will copying this off with fastscp or some other tool and onto the ML350 G6 create any issues?  I'm not sure with different processors if you can do this.  

I know when vMotion is involved it is a problem.  However, it is not in this situation.

Thanks...
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 500 total points
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There are NO issues when you Migrate a VM COLD (e.g. OFF), between Intel and AMD processors, in servers, or AMD to Intel.

vMotion (HOT) does have issues between Intel and AMD (because the Processor is in use, and cannot in real time, re-map the processor instructions between AMD and Intel!).

It's probably easier for you to create the VM, and then use on of the following options to copy to the new server.

1. Export VM using Export VM to OVF.

2. Use VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.0 to create a V2V. Use it to create a VM (export), and then use the same tool to Import onsite.

see my EE Articles for Hints and Tips

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

Much prefered that WinSCP, FastSCP, because you get a verified VM for Import. (also faster, and a smaller VM)

So go for it, you will have no issues.
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I'm a bit confused, are you saying most prefer to use WinSCP and FastSCP over creating the OVF file export?

Will the OVF format retain thin/thick provisioning?
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typo there should have been a "than".

Use VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.0.

The typo of provisioning will be decided when you re-import the OVF.
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