Moving 3.4TB VM w/o vMotion

We have a 3.4TB VM (file server) that we will be moving from an ESXi 5.5 host to ESXi 6.0 host.  For our smaller VM's I have used the VMWare Converter and it has worked well, although I figure it would be extremely time consuming for a 3.4TB virtual machine.

I've considered the options below.  Please let me know what you think would be the best way to proceed:

1.  Veeam QuickMigration.
2.  Copy VMDK/VMX files from datastore on the old host to the datastore on the new host and adding it to inventory.
3.  Carbonite Douletake
4.  Restoring from a StorageCraft backup
5.  VMWare Converter

Any input is greatly appreciated.

Thank you.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Option 3. Carbonite Douletake

The Best Option if you have a Budget for it is Carbonite Douletake! because you can create an automated move (Conversion), and specify a cutover.

See my EE Article, for a complete walkthrough of how it works...

HOW TO: Migrate physical, virtual and cloud based workloads with real-time replication to VMware vSphere (ESXi) using Double-Take MOVE

1.  Veeam QuickMigration -

too slow, and there is downtime.

2. Copy VMDK/VMX files from datastore on the old host to the datastore on the new host and adding it to inventory.

- too slow, and the VM will need to be off to do this.

4.  Restoring from a StorageCraft backup

Possible, but you will have to arrange to STOP all writes to the file server, then backup and restore , and time required to backup and restore!

5.  VMWare Converter

With Sync option, Possible option poor mans' Double Take!

HOW TO:  Synchronize changes when completing a P2V or V2V with VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.1

Does not matter how long the initial SEED takes...

There is another option, and that's COLD Migration, just power off VM, and Click Migrate.

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jabone123Author Commented:
Hey Andrew,

Thank you very much for the detailed response.

I think using Carbonite Move is going to be our best option in this situation.


Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
If you have the budget, it is the BEST OPTION!
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