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

Ben Conner
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Hi,

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.

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Thanks!

--Ben
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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 developer

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Not on an Essentials license.  They don't let us play with the nice toys.

--Ben
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Expert of the Year 2017
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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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That will be a PITA. But at least I know how to handle it.

Thanks much!

--Ben

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