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HOW TO MIGRATE ESXI 5.5 USB IMAGE

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I already have Esxi 5.5 running on a USB2.0 mounted internally using adapter to MB header.

1. How can I move the current USB image to a class 10 SD Card or USB3.0?

2. Can I simply plug the existing USB or SD (with Esxi) into a different physical box or is there a hardware abstraction layer to contend with?
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Firstly, VMware do not support migrated USB images between servers, and sometimes, the resulting image, will not boot on a different server.

1. How can I move the current USB image to a class 10 SD Card or USB3.0?

see my EE Article

How to Backup an ESXi installation on an USB Flash Drive or SD card, for security or redundancy.

Changes in ESXi 5.5, result in Winimage no longer working, but you can use the following successfully:-

USB Image Tool

or WinDD (dd is used normally on Linux or Unix)

a. Insert USB flash drive, run the USB image tool, to create an image.

b. Either insert your SD card into a USB SD card reader, or SD card reader, and write the image back to the new device.

2. Can I simply plug the existing USB or SD (with Esxi) into a different physical box or is there a hardware abstraction layer to contend with?

It's not supported, it works between the same server hardware, and sometimes can work between different hardware.
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