Move VMs from ESXi 5.5

Hi Experts, need to move 2 VMs both Domain Controllers (2012R2) from existing standalone ESXi 5.5 hosts. Had a few questions about this move? We are not using vCenter as that is not an option

1. There will be a new host setup with free ESXi not sure which version to use 6 or 6.5? Will there be any issues when moving VMs from version 5.5 to version 6 or 6.5?
2.  What is the best method to move these VMs over considering there is no vCenter? Are there any tools that can be used? We have maintenance window to shut down and move VMs
3. When moving DCs which are VMs (2012 R2) are there any gotchas to be aware of for services such as Directory Service or Systems settings or any NIC issues? Currently both of the DCs are using E1000 for NICs

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Scott CSenior EngineerCommented:
1.  No, there shouldn't be any issues.

2.  Since you don't have vCenter, I'd just power down the machines, copy them to the new host and start them up.

3.  No, again, there shouldn't be any issues.  I've move them one at a time though.

You may want to upgrade the NICs to vmxnet3 though....
abhijitm00Author Commented:
Thanks Scott. For 2. Do you mean just copying vmdks to datastore on new host and then powering on?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Power them off and Export and Import them!

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
It's a lot less messy than just copying random files not knowing what you are doing!
Scott CSenior EngineerCommented:
Andrew is correct.  I misspoke and see how it could be read wrong.  Export/Import.
abhijitm00Author Commented:
Thanks Andrew and Scott. Does the size of the VM reduce when exporting and if so approximately by how much?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
When you Export it does only Export the data in use in the VM

Also when powering on the VMs on the new host you are likely to get a message about copied or moved

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You can search my EE Articles both on Export and Import and Copy and Move!

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