We currently have vCenter Server 6.0 running on an SSD attached to our lab VMware 6.0 Host.   We are now ready to transition over to one of our production hosts however all the current production hosts are still running vsphere 5.5.

Question:  can we simply physically move the SSD onto one of the production servers (different hardware)
Question:  can we end up running vCenter 6.0 on a 5.5 host?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Question:  can we simply physically move the SSD onto one of the production servers (different hardware)

Yes, possibly. The virtual hardware is usually the same between VMware vSphere platforms, BUT which virtual machine hardware version is in use for your virtual machine OS, and what is the OS. virtual machine versions, 4,7,8,9 and 10 can run on ESXi 5.5, but virtual machine versions 11 can only run on ESXi 6.0.

You may need to use "VMware Converter" to convert the machine.

As for the datastore, as long as it is VMFS datastore.

Question:  can we end up running vCenter 6.0 on a 5.5 host?

Yes. vCenter Serverr 6.0 or the operating system it's installed on, can be hosted on ESXi 5.5 Host Server, with no issues.

All our vCenter Servers are virtual and are hosted on ESXi.

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