I have an older hardware running ESX 4 in DAS and files are stored locally host 11 VMs
I have got three ESX 5.5 setup with vcenter essentials plus that would manage only three ESX and the LUN is shared using ISCSI from netapps.
Once I get new server and switches on production, I need to move all VM from old ESX 4 to 5.5.
What are the detail recommended process and pre-requisites -
I presume all VM has to in shutdown state for cold storage migration
I probably have to remove all snapshots
Can ESX 4 be added to Vcenter outside the cluster or it would not allow addition of one ESX in Essentials even though it is outside cluster? If added would I be able to datatstore to datastore migration. From local DAS in old to ISCSI in new.
Is it wise to just to P2V of all 10 machine and add to new VM cluster and install new vmware tools?