Best method to migrate VM from ESXi 3.5/4.0 to Esxi 5.5

Hello Experts,

We will be implementing a NEW Vmware setup in one of our location. Once the new setup is ready , we need to migrate all the existing vm to new SAN Environment. I have gone through some suggestions like , V2V, Veeam Etc.

Do anyone has other ideas? I just need to check other possibilities as well.

The existing hosts 3.5/4.1 are using local storage and are connected to DAS as well.

Thanks,

-Prashant Girennavar.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Can you connect the old ESXi 3.5/4.1 servers to shared storage ? Because then it becomes as simple as copying (migrating) the Server using vCenter Server to shared storage.

If these are standalone, and there is no method of connecting them to the new shared storage, you will have to copy/migrate the VMs from ESXi 3.5/4.1 servers to the new servers.

This can be done in many different methods, you could

1. Use WInSCP or Veeam FastSCP to copy the files to the new server/SAN.

2. Use VMware Converter to perform a V2V.

3. Export to OVF and Import from OVF

4. Backup and Restore using Veeam Backup and Replication.

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Prashant GirennavarAuthor Commented:
Thanks Hancock,

 I will check them and let you know.

-Prashant Girennavar.
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