ESX 3.0.2 to 5.5

Using vConverter to migrate VMs on ESX 3.0.2 to ESX 5.5.

The bottom of page 18 indicates that it is fine for this scenario.
However page 19 does not list ESX 3.X on the list of VMware Virtual Machines.

Should I use vConverter 4.0 instead?
It lists ESX 3.x as compatible but there is no mention anywhere to ESX 5.5 as the destination.

Please advise.

PS. These are on different separate infrastructures. SAN1 is not on the HCL for the 5.5 Virtual Host -- and SAN2 is not on the HCL for 3.0.2. So they do not share Datastores.

Thanks in advance TechHeads.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Install VMware Converter on the VM to be converted, this is best practice.

and use the latest version of VMware Converter 6.0, see my EE Article
TechInNeedmmAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the link Andrew. I already initiated a 80GB VM and it should be finished in a few hrs.

Just want to ensure that the version I used above should work after it completes.

I will take a look at your link for the other VMs. But can you clarify on your statement on "installing vmware converter on the VM to be converted........."

So you are saying that I should install vconverter ON the VM itself?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
That is correct, the Recommended Best Practice, is to install "VMware Converter" on the source machine you want to convert, be it Physical or Virtual, it does not matter. - this causes less errors and issues.

Ideally you need a version of Converter that supports source and destination hosts, you have left this a little late, as 3.0.2 is end of life, and versions which support 3.0.2, will not necessary support 5.5 or 6.0.

If you install on the VM (as recommended above), this will negate this issue, install VMware Converter on the VM, and convert to ESXi 5.5.

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TechInNeedmmAuthor Commented:
Good Point.
I am installing VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 6.0.0 right now on the VM and will convert and push to the ESX 5.5 host. I will report back on how that goes.

Thanks for the video as I just discovered that there are special considerations when performing this method on a DC. I have two Domain Controllers that needs to be moved as well.
TechInNeedmmAuthor Commented:
Ideally, if this environment can afford downtime, we Should be able to shut down all servers:

Domain Controller 2
mail server
RDP Server
AV server

........and then have only Domain Controller 1 powered on then do the V2V from the VM itself to 5.5. Then power VM down. Do not turn on Domain Controller 1 on esx 5.5 yet. So source DC1 and Destination DC1 is powered off.

Then power up Domain Controller 2 and then do the V2V like above. Then power down. So both source DC2 and destination DC2 is powered off.

Then power on DC1 and then DC2 on Esx 5.5........then the rest of the environment.

Do you forsee any issues with this sequence?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You could also, complete the move using this procedure....

Part 10: HOW TO: Backup (Export) and Restore (Import) virtual machines to VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 for FREE

which would certainly be better for Domain Controllers, and all your VMs, because they are off.
TechInNeedmmAuthor Commented:
Sorry for the delay in response. Installing VMware Converter on the VM itself and convert to ESXi 5.5 worked for both of my servers. I will provide an update on the DC's at another time. Thanks for the last link as well.

Very appreciative of the responses and speedy :)

Thanks again.
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