vCenter for Windows 6.0 to vCSA 6.0

Dan Henery
Dan Henery used Ask the Experts™
I have an environment running vCenter Server for Windows 6.0. I am not ready to move up to 6.5 yet. I just want to get off the Windows version o6.0 and on to the vCSA 6.0. The migration tool does not support this... is there a way to do this? Possibly deploying the vCSA, joining it to the existing SSO domain as a secondary vCenter and decommissioning the old?
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Daryl BamforthTechnical Expert

Best way is to bring up the new vCenter, Get all the settings right.

Backup all the custom information you want to keep about the VMs your running (custom notes generally). You can do this with powershell and export it all into a CSV.

Move one of your hosts in with a few dev/test VMs to make sure everything is working, then bring the rest of the hosts across.

Restore all your custom data and your done.
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Personally, I would just migrate to vCSA 6.5, waste of time and effort moving to VCSA 6.0 and it does not do all the features of vCenter 6.0 for Windows.

Why do a double migration ?
Ajay ChananaMCSE-2003/08|RHCSA| VCP5/6 |vExpert2018
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I would request to go through below link. It will show you step by step to migrate your vCenter server.!/vsphere-6-5

Exporting and importing configuration would be more tough - if you have dvswitch also.
Daryl BamforthTechnical Expert
Personally I have never bothered with most of the tools, always feel like you end up bringing unnecessary rubbish across when you do migrations/upgrades like that. Much easier with some powershell so I know what it is doing every step of the way.

If you prefer gui's then I agree, This bit from Ajay's link (!/vsphere-6-5/vcenter-server-6-0-embedded-migration-to-appliance/1) 'should' do the trick, assuming it is compatible with 6.0 to 6.0 as opposed to only allowing up to 6.5.
Dan HeneryLead Infrastructure Engineer


Thanks for the input gentlemen.... I agree with Andrew, probably too much effort to stay with 6.0. Especially considering my reason not to go to 6.5 is reluctance to move away from the vSphere VI Client (Desktop) completely, I've always felt it still has its uses and so much simpler to navigate than the web client. Guess it is time though... LOL

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