Migrating the ESXi boot partition on a host to a new drive


I want to migrate my ESXi boot drive to an SSD drive (M.2 ssd).  The article here discusses an approach to take but I'm not sure if it also captures the VM definitions that were defined on that host.  Not the VMs themselves, but the metadata.  If not, that isn't as useful to me.



Ben ConnerCTO, SAS developerAsked:
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You could
1- create a cluster
2- move all vms to one host
3- remove original host and install esxi on new disk
4- add host to cluster and vmotion vms back
Ben ConnerCTO, SAS developerAuthor Commented:
Not on an Essentials license.  They don't let us play with the nice toys.

Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
CLONE-ing is NOT supported.

Backup your ESXi configuration, re-install a new ESXi and restore the configuration, and add the VMs to the Inventory.

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Ben ConnerCTO, SAS developerAuthor Commented:
That will be a PITA. But at least I know how to handle it.

Thanks much!

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