vm migration

Posted on 2014-01-26
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Last Modified: 2016-10-27
I have an old esx host with few VMS in a local attached storage.
I want to migrate them to a new esxi which has local storage.
I tried with vmware std convertor and it was not succesful becuase it took about 8 hrs to transfer and got failed in the middle.
Is there any tool which I can use to do this?
Question by:sara2000
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Transfers, do take time, be patient, you are shifting and copying a lot of data.

The best tool for the job is VMware vCenter Converter Standalone.

P2V (or V2V) do go wrong from time to time, it's sometimes not just point and click.

At what percentage, did it fail?

It could be a network issue?

Did you disable SSL, to try and speed up transfer?

some of my EE Articles to help you.

HOW TO: FAQ VMware P2V Troubleshooting

HOW TO:  P2V, V2V for FREE - VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.5

HOW TO:  Synchronize changes when completing a P2V or V2V with 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

If you want to try something different...you could try...

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

or, you could try WinSCP, to download the virtual machine from the old ESXi server, and then using WinSCP, transfer to the new ESXi server.

This can also be done with the Datastore Browser in VMware vSphere Client.

OR you could use one of the many evaluations of Third Party Backup software, and complete a Backup and Restore.

other Backup Products to consider also

Veeam Backup and Replication is the best!

http://www.appassure.com/ - Number 1 Backup and VMs and Cloud

http://www.unitrends.com/ - a good vRecovery Backup Appliance.

Symantec Backup Exec V-Ray Edition
http://www.symantec.com/backup-exec-vray-edition - Unmatched backup and recovery designed for virtual and physical environments

VM Explorer
http://www.trilead.com/ - Simply, cost effective and it works.

Acronis Backup & Recovery® 11 Virtual Edition
http://www.acronis.com/virtualization/ - simple but effective

StorageCraft ShadowProtect Server
http://www.storagecraft.com/  - amazing but can be expensive

NAKIVO Backup & Replication for VMware
http://www.nakivo.com/ - current testing proves very postiive

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Not sure how old your ESXi host is. Have you attempted to convert the VMs to OVF?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 2000 total points
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