Advice for moving vm's to new standalone server (esxi 4.0.0 to 5.5.0)
Posted on 2015-02-17
Hello all, looking for some advice on moving vm guests from standalone ESXi 4.0.0 host to a brand new ESXi 5.5.0 standalone server with much improved specs.
I have tried to move them through vSphere client by going to data store and copying guest folder to local drive on physical server on same subnet. The copy works fine (time consuming, but I can live with that), but when I attempt to import to the datastore on the new host (browse datastore-->Upload Files to this datastore-->upload folder) it always errors with a generic "File operation failed" message.
Any idea what I might be missing? Are there better options to moving from one host to the new one? Guests range in size from 100 to 200 gb, plenty of available space.
The network is a bottleneck, the host machines are next to each other on rack, but through switch have to travel to another location in (same subnet) building to a second switch and then back. Not ideal, but I would think it should work if the original Download a file from this datastore to a local drive operation worked.
Thoughts/ideas greatly appreciated! I have some vm experience, but not a great deal, so need some direction.