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I'm looking for info on how to replace a vSphere machine with a new one.  I have a vSphere machine that is old and kinda crusty and I want to replace it with one running Windows 7.

Could use some help.
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What do you have an ESXi Server?

or vCenter Server?

VMware Hypervisor is a Bare Metal Hypervisor, Windows 7 cannot run VMware vSphere.

Could you please explain, what hardware you have available, and what do you want to do?
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I'm running ESXi 5.5 and vSphere on a Win 7 machine on the same LAN
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Wait, maybe I'm not telling you correctly.  Let me confirm.
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Windows 7 is a virtual machine, or you are dual booting, or running ESXi 5.5 inside a hypervisor installed on Windows 7 e.g. VMware Workstation 10.

and you want to do what?
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If you replace the machine with Windows 7, you will have no ESXi 5.5. (because ESXi 5.5 needs to be installed on Bare Metal, e.g. a Server with no OS)
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by:djcanter
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are you talking about replacing the vsphere management machine? the one that manages a vsphere implementation, not the vsphere client that you use to manage an esxi box.
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by:creativenetworks
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I have a standalone server running ESXi Server 5.50 build 1331820.  Then I have a Windows 7 PC on the same lan, running VSphere Client v5.50 build 1281650.

The client points to the IP address of the ESX server and can see and manage the 4 Virtual Servers.

Is this setup not correct?
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It's perfect.

That's how we manage the VMware vSphere Hypervisor.

What do you think is wrong?
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by:djcanter
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just install the proper vsphere client on another computer and specify the ip address to connect.

no biggie.
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by:creativenetworks
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I want to remove the current vSphere physical machine and use another in it's place.  Effectively simply replacing the existing vSphere PC with another.

I was hopeful it was that simple.  I'll test tomorrow and respond.
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Are you referring to your Windows 7 PC as the vSphere PC?

It's client and server.

Server - VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.5 (ESXi 5.5)

PC - VMware vSphere Client installed.

Install the above client, on any PC, and just use the FQDN or IP Address to connect.

Okay, I'm now understanding, after re-reading you question.

You have a PC with the Client installed, and you want to replace with Windows 7 PC.

No problems, just re-install the client on your new Windows 7 PC, there is no need to uninstall the software from older PC.

see my EE Article, Step by Step Tutorial Instructions with Screenshots

Part 1: HOW TO: Install and Configure VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1)

Part 2: HOW TO: Connect to the VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1) using the vSphere Client
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You will be fine. Just be sure to use the same build on newer 5.5 vsphere client installer.
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Worked perfectly!
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