vCenter for Windows 6.0 to vCSA 6.0

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?
Who is Participating?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
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 ?
Daryl BamforthTechnical ExpertCommented:
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.
Ajay ChananaMCSE-2003/08|RHCSA| VCP5/6 |vExpert2018Commented:
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 ExpertCommented:
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.
DKHeneryAuthor Commented:
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
Question has a verified solution.

Are you are experiencing a similar issue? Get a personalized answer when you ask a related question.

Have a better answer? Share it in a comment.

All Courses

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.