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Migrate VM's from ESX 4 (free edition) to ESX 5.1 (Essentials plus)

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Hi All,

One of our remote sites has an old ESX 4 server running around 5 virtual machines.

I've bought a new ESX 5.1 server.

What's the best way to migrate all the VM's between the two ESX servers?


Many thanks
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by:Abhilash
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Are these VM's running on local storage or do you have any kind of shared storage?
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They are all on local storage
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Dear , its a kind of long process and you must understand many things before proceed.
So i am trying to get a best example for you which will guide you through screenshots . please go through this link..

http://www.vmadmin.co.uk/resources/35-esxserver/283-vsphere4to5migrateesx4toesxi5
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There are two ways you can do it.
If the machines can be powered off, you can take export the OVF's of the VM's and import them on the newer ESXi.

If you want to carry out Live migration you need third party software like Veeam ZIP.
You can also do it using VMware Standalone Converter.
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This guide will also help..

http://tinyurl.com/nseju64
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I can power the machines off.

What's the easiest way to copy them between the two ESX servers?

Ideally I'd like to leave the originals in place just incase there is an issue with the new instance.
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@ Shahnawaz Ahmed

Please read the question properly.
And also avoid posting Blind links.
http://support.experts-exchange.com/customer/portal/articles/1162518
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@detox1978,

You can power of one machine at a time. Click on it in vSphere client.
Click on File>Export OVF Template.
This will export the VM onto your local machine from where you are accessing the host.
Then go to your target 5.1 ESXi and go to File>Deploy OVF template and browse to the exported OVF. Follow the steps and you are done.
Do this for all the five machines.
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@Abhilash Hb,

Dear i know the terms and conditions , however if i didnt post useful or blind Article thne moderator would come up with in a minute understand...
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I've taken the ESX 5.1 server out of vCenter and will give VMware converter stand alone a go.  It looks like there's an option to do it with the virtual machines powered off.  I'll do it this way as it will ensure no changes are made on the fly.


Many thanks
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I'm in the process of migrating a server that is only 80GB.  Using V2V converter it's going to take 5 hours!

Is there a way to copy the files directly between two ESX servers?
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Try the export/import method I suggested.
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Ok will give it a try.  Does that method work everytime?
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VMware converter seems to be doing the job.  It's a lot slower than vMotion.  But I cant really complain.

Many thanks for the help.
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