P2V vCenter v4.1

Posted on 2015-02-06
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Last Modified: 2015-02-16
Hi All,

We have a ESXi 4.1 environment , currently we are in the process of migrating to vSphere v5.1. The current vCenter is running on a Hardware box with local SQL DB installed , I would like to have vCenter v.5.1 on Virtual box. The Option I see is to do a P2V.

Can any one help me out with the best practices for P2Ving the vCenter server.

Any help is appreciated

Question by:stadmin
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Accepted Solution

Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 2000 total points
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Stop all the Services, especially, SQL and vCenter, and go for it...

see my EE Articles to help out, and DON'T select a v10 virtual machine, v8 is fine!

HOW TO: FAQ VMware P2V Troubleshooting

HOW TO:  P2V, V2V for FREE - VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.5.3 - Shellshock "BASH" Fix included in this version

But to be honest, I think this is a waste of time, just create a new VM, and install vCenter 5.1!

were you thinking of doing an upgrade from 4.1 to 5.1 ?

Expert Comment

by:Karthic Kumar
ID: 40593784
P2Ving the vCenter is a tedious task, just see how below steps makes sense to you.

- Take a backup of your vCenter DB
- Create a VM --> install SQL 2008/2012 express --> Restore the DB
- Start installing vCenter 5.1 and choose the restored DB, this will do a direct upgrade and boom


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