Expiring Today—Celebrate National IT Professionals Day with 3 months of free Premium Membership. Use Code ITDAY17

x
?
Solved

Move VMWare Esxi 5.5 from RAID array to USB

Posted on 2016-11-25
11
Medium Priority
?
134 Views
Last Modified: 2016-12-01
Client has a Esxi 5.5 running on a DELL r710 server. It is installed on the RAID 10 array currently. Would like to to move it to USB stick and upgrade to 6.0 UP2.

What is best method?
0
Comment
Question by:ziceman
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 6
  • 5
11 Comments
 
LVL 123
ID: 41901866
I'm afraid this is not supported, or possible without a lot of work. e.g. move to USB from a HDD.

The easiest method would be to

1. Backup the existing configuration.

Backing up and restoring ESXi configuration using the vSphere Command-Line Interface and vSphere PowerCLI (2042141)

see here

http://www.virtuallyghetto.com/2013/02/how-to-backup-restore-free-esxi-host.html

2. Install on 5.5 on USB flash drive and restore the configuration.

3. and then upgrade to 6.0 U2.

But you would have to ask the question, why not just, install 6.0U2 straight onto a USB stick.

Also make sure you upgrade the firmware on the Dell R710 before 6.0U2, and use the DELL OEM version of ESXi downloaded from DELL.
0
 

Author Comment

by:ziceman
ID: 41901888
If I go directly to 6.0 U2 on a new USB drive, will I be able to restore the 5.5 configuration to it?

Also, should I be concerned about the ESXI install on the RAID or array or just leave it there?
0
 
LVL 123
ID: 41901897
If I go directly to 6.0 U2 on a new USB drive, will I be able to restore the 5.5 configuration to it?

Not supported, hence why I didn't suggest that method.

Also, should I be concerned about the ESXI install on the RAID or array or just leave it there?

not really, leave it there.

Also it may not take you long to setup ESXi 6.0 U2 again.

6.5 has also been released now, so there may be an option to upgrade to 6.5.
0
Industry Leaders: We Want Your Opinion!

We value your feedback.

Take our survey and automatically be enter to win anyone of the following:
Yeti Cooler, Amazon eGift Card, and Movie eGift Card!

 

Author Comment

by:ziceman
ID: 41901993
OK, I am confused by your statement in the post previous to the last one:

"But you would have to ask the question, why not just, install 6.0U2 straight onto a USB stick."

This was the genesis for my last question, but you then set it is not supported. Can you clarify what you meant by above?
0
 
LVL 123

Accepted Solution

by:
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 2000 total points
ID: 41902013
You cannot restore the configuration from 5.5 to 6.0 U2 - this is what I meant by not supported. cannot backup config from 5.5 and restore to 6.0.

So just complete a fresh installation of 6.0 U2 or 6.5, and just reconfigure from your documentation, it should not take more than 30 minutes.

When you install a new install it will detect and ask not to write over the existing VMFS datastore, where your VMs are stored, and just add the VMs back to the inventory - done.
0
 

Author Comment

by:ziceman
ID: 41902024
OK. So you are saying just ignore the config backup, install 6.0 U2 on new USB and reconfig the VMs. Right?
0
 
LVL 123
ID: 41902028
OK. So you are saying just ignore the config backup, install 6.0 U2 on new USB and reconfig the VMs. Right?

It's reconfigure the host, VMs will need no reconfiguration.
0
 

Author Comment

by:ziceman
ID: 41902429
So there will be basic reconfiguration of the host (machine name, networking, etc). Will the existing VM guests be auto-detected, or is there a process to create the vm and point to the previous container?
0
 
LVL 123
ID: 41902450
The VMs will NOT be Auto-Detected, you will need to add them to the inventory.

see Step 6 in this Article of mine

HOW TO: Clone or Copy a virtual machine in VMware vSphere Hypervisor ESX/ESXi 4.x or ESXi 5.0
0
 

Author Comment

by:ziceman
ID: 41902483
Excellent. That seems very straightforward.

Is there no conversion of the datastore when upgrading? Are we assured that all the folders will be visible / accessible?

Also, for other host machines (not this DELL R710) where a custom RAID card driver is involved. I assume we will need to manually reinstall this driver on the new USB.  

Thanks much for being available on a Saturday.
0
 
LVL 123
ID: 41902490
Excellent. That seems very straightforward.

Is there no conversion of the datastore when upgrading? Are we assured that all the folders will be visible / accessible?

Also, for other host machines (not this DELL R710) where a custom RAID card driver is involved. I assume we will need to manually reinstall this driver on the new USB.  

Thanks much for being available on a Saturday.

There is no conversion of the datastore involved, BUT please take care when you answer the Question to PRESERVE the existings VMFS partition which has been found, this is the datastore, which needs to be kept!

Do not overwrite, as these are where your VMs are stored!

If you have used a custom driver which needs to be installed which is not part of the installer, it will need to be added before or after installation.

No problems, glad to help - Always here 24x7x365!
0

Featured Post

Get your Conversational Ransomware Defense e‑book

This e-book gives you an insight into the ransomware threat and reviews the fundamentals of top-notch ransomware preparedness and recovery. To help you protect yourself and your organization. The initial infection may be inevitable, so the best protection is to be fully prepared.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

This article will show you how to create an ISO CD-ROM/DVD-ROM image (*.iso), and MD5 checksum signature, for use with VMware vSphere Hypervisor 6.5 (ESXi 6.5). It's a good idea to compare checksums, because many installations fail because of a corr…
In this article we will learn how to backup a VMware farm using Nakivo Backup & Replication. In this tutorial we will install the software on a Windows 2012 R2 Server.
Teach the user how to edit .vmx files to add advanced configuration options Open vSphere Web Client: Edit Settings for a VM: Choose VM Options -> Advanced: Add Configuration Parameters:
This Micro Tutorial steps you through the configuration steps to configure your ESXi host Management Network settings and test the management network, ensure the host is recognized by the DNS Server, configure a new password, and the troubleshooting…

719 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question