Migrate VM to new server

I currently have a server running ESXi 5.0 and a virtual machine:
- W2K8 SBS as a DC for our domain. The W2K8 SBS server gets backed up to a NAS every night using Shadow Protect.

I have purchased a new server, installed ESXi 5.5 on it and I now want to move the above W2k8 SBS machine to it.

I have tried using vConverter Standalone to migrate the latest ShadowProtect backup image to new VM server.

That worked, but it takes 1day12hours, so by the time its finishes, the content is different (users receiving emails, etc).

Is there a quicker (cost free) way to do this?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
okay, both these options are free.

To start, Migrating a Live Machine has it's risks, it's often easier to shutdown, and Migrate if you can. This does mean some downtime.

But some downtime, can be reduce to a few minutes and this is how, you are missing a trick with VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.1.

Use the Sync or Replicate options as per my EE Article, Step by Step Tutorial, Instructions with screenshots

HOW TO:  Synchronize changes when completing a P2V or V2V with VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.1

HOW TO:  P2V, V2V for FREE - VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.1

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

This is how we do it for client moves with limited downtime:-

1. P2V with the Sync option, you can do this anytime of the day, and it does not matter how long it takes, just make sure it finishes.

2. 1 hour away from your Sceduled Notifed Outage, at a quiet time, e.g. out of core hours e.g, Friday evening 8pm

Complete another Sync option to Sync both VMs, (but not the final sync!) - this is important.

3. At the scheduled Outage Time. STOP ALL SERVICES on the VM to be moved, this means shutdown all mail services, and other SMTP services Anti-virus etc

Stop and Set to manual.

4. Perform FINAL SYNC.

5. Power on VM after final sync, set services to AUTOMATIC, and start them.

6. Move done, with limited downtime, e.g. 30 minutes.

or you could use

another EE Article of mine....

HOW TO: "Live Migrate" VMware Virtual Machines between ESX/ESXi hosts and/or datastores for FREE without licenses for vMotion or Storage vMotion

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Shut down the VM.

Export to OVA.

Import the OVA to the new server.
cgruberAuthor Commented:
Isnt OVA a VirtualBox extension?
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OVF/OVA is an open format, and it's supported by VMware.

OVA exports the VM as a single file, which can then be imported into the new server.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Time Taken for Exporting and Importing a VM to OVA/OVF will be the same, and more errors can occur.
He wanted quicker and free... I gave him quicker and free.

Having more options is a good thing, IMO.

One benefit of doing it with an OVA is that the VM that's started on the destination has been through a graceful shutdown, which might matter in some cases.
cgruberAuthor Commented:
Followed your solution. Works good. Thanks
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