Quick Migration > ESXi 4.1 VM to new ESXi 6.5 host?

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Quick Migration > ESXi 4.1 VM to new ESXi 6.5 host?

Veeam Logoby pwashburn » Mon Mar 19, 2018 2:51 pm

Small business with ESXi 4.1 hosts with 3 Windows VM's.

Replacing host with a new ESXi 6.5 host connected on same office network.
New ESXi 6.5 host will have Vmware vSphere Essentials Kit.

Will Veeam Quick Migration be able to Quick Migrate the VM's on the old ESXi 4.1 hosts to the new ESXi 6.5 host without significant down time?

Thanks
Pete
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Re: Quick Migration > ESXi 4.1 VM to new ESXi 6.5 host?

Veeam Logoby foggy » Wed Mar 21, 2018 2:17 pm

Hi Pete, yes, you can use Quick Migration for that. Another possibility for such migration is a planned failover.
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Re: Quick Migration > ESXi 4.1 VM to new ESXi 6.5 host?

Veeam Logoby pwashburn » Sun Mar 25, 2018 11:33 pm

Thanks! That should make it pretty simple!
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Re: Quick Migration > ESXi 4.1 VM to new ESXi 6.5 host?

Veeam Logoby pwashburn » Tue May 15, 2018 7:46 pm

Tried my first Quick Migration and have an issue. Have purchased VMware's Server Essentials Kit (3 servers, 2 processors each). Migrating from one ESXi 4.1 host to a new ESXi 6.5 host, so within the licensing limits for Server Essentials Kit. The ESXi 4.1 host has a free version of vSphere. So when I tried a Quick Migration from it, it failed saying that the source host wasn't licensed. Any suggestions on how to apply the Server Essentials Kit license to the 4.1 host to change it's license from the free version to the Essentials Kit license? I've tried applying the Essentials Kit's license key, but it comes back as an invalid key.

Any other suggestions? I realize that the VMware Standalone Converter would work, but was wanting to not have too much downtime to migrate the VM's. There's 3 VM's I need to migrate. 2 I could go the Standalone Converter route, but the 3th is a domain controller that I wouldn't want down for more than a few minutes.
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Re: Quick Migration > ESXi 4.1 VM to new ESXi 6.5 host?

Veeam Logoby foggy » Wed May 16, 2018 5:12 pm

Haven't you asked VMware regarding the licensing issue?
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Re: Quick Migration > ESXi 4.1 VM to new ESXi 6.5 host?

Veeam Logoby pwashburn » Wed May 16, 2018 5:46 pm

From what I can find out, they're no longer issuing license keys for ESXi 4.1. So it doesn't look like that's an option. I'm installing the vCenter Essentials package that comes with the Essentials Kit in the next day or two. But indications there are that vCenter wont' pick up the free version of ESXi either.
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Re: Quick Migration > ESXi 4.1 VM to new ESXi 6.5 host?

Veeam Logoby foggy » Thu May 17, 2018 12:06 pm

Well, this is something only VMware could help with.
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