Replicate ESXi 4.1 to ESXi 5

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Replicate ESXi 4.1 to ESXi 5

Veeam Logoby xstevel » Wed Jan 18, 2012 7:59 pm

Hi All,

I have been unable find the answer to this question in the docs.

Is it possible to replicate from ESXi 4.1 to ESXi 5? If so, are there any issues that may arise?

Thanks
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Re: Replicate ESXi 4.1 to ESXi 5

Veeam Logoby foggy » Wed Jan 18, 2012 9:09 pm

Steve, just be sure your target host supports the virtual hardware version of the replicated VM. Thanks.
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Re: Replicate ESXi 4.1 to ESXi 5

Veeam Logoby xstevel » Wed Jan 18, 2012 9:18 pm

Great, thank you.
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Re: Replicate ESXi 4.1 to ESXi 5

Veeam Logoby lobo519 » Thu Jan 19, 2012 2:19 pm

This would imply that you can replicate from ESXi4.1 to 5 but not the other way correct?
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Re: Replicate ESXi 4.1 to ESXi 5

Veeam Logoby Vitaliy S. » Thu Jan 19, 2012 9:30 pm

No, you would still be able to replicate from vSphere 5 to 4.1 hosts. Just keep in mind that restore and replication of VMs between different ESX(i) versions requires that VM’s virtual hardware version is compatible with the target host.
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Re: Replicate ESXi 4.1 to ESXi 5

Veeam Logoby Gostev » Fri Jan 20, 2012 6:37 pm 1 person likes this post

In other words:
1. You will NOT be able to replicate virtual hardware version 8 VMs from vSphere 5 to vSphere 4.1
2. You will be able to replicate virtual hardware version 7 or lower VMs from vSphere 5 to vSphere 4.1
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Re: Replicate ESXi 4.1 to ESXi 5

Veeam Logoby lobo519 » Fri Jan 20, 2012 9:43 pm

got it - Thanks for clarifying!
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[MERGED] Different vSphere versions at each site

Veeam Logoby gparker » Wed Feb 01, 2012 2:37 am

Hi,

I'm about the implement Veeam Backup and Replication v6 in our VMware environment. I will be using the Replication feature to replicate some VM's from my customer's Prod site to my DR site. I am running vSphere 5 in my DR site where I will be setting up the Veeam software and repository, but at this point in time I'm not sure what version of VMware my customer has.

I read up on the Veeam system requirements in both the release notes and the user guide, both of which state that v6 is compatible with VMware 3.5 and above, but neither document states whether or not the VMware versions need to be the same at both sites for the Replication feature to work properly. So is it a requirement that both sites run identical versions of VMware? And for that matter, do the VMware versions or the VMFS versions at both sites need to be identical if I want to use the v6 Backup feature to backup VM's from site A and restore them at site B?

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[MERGED] Replicating Between Different Versions of vSphere

Veeam Logoby nmace » Wed Sep 19, 2012 3:14 pm

I've got a vSphere 4.1 cluster that we backup with Veeam 6.1. We're working on standing up a DR cluster that Veeam will replicate to. Can that cluster be 5.0U1? Can Veeam replicate a VM from a 4.1 cluster to a 5.0 cluster? Or do they have to be the same version on both sides? I know vSphere 5.1 is not supported until Veeam 6.5 comes out.
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Re: Replicate ESXi 4.1 to ESXi 5

Veeam Logoby Aech » Wed Sep 26, 2012 3:57 am

nmace...I have pretty much the same setup that I just got going. ESXi 4.1 at our primary datacentre, new setup at backup datacentre running ESXi 5.0. I can successfully replicate from primary to backup sites. Only problem I have is re-ip-ing which doesnt seem to work. Not yet sure if that is a Veeam problem, a VMWare problem or a Windows problem.
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Re: Replicate ESXi 4.1 to ESXi 5

Veeam Logoby foggy » Wed Sep 26, 2012 8:57 am

Aech wrote:Only problem I have is re-ip-ing which doesnt seem to work. Not yet sure if that is a Veeam problem, a VMWare problem or a Windows problem.

To find out the real culprit of the issue, please describe your setup and provide debug logs to our technical support team. I'm sure they are able to review your configuration and logs and reveal the reason of such behavior.

There are also a couple of existing topics regarding re-IP feature, just for better understanding:
Re-IP and Virtual NIC enabling
Re-ip at DR Site
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[MERGED] Can Veeam 7 replicate/Quick Migrate vSphere 4.1 VMs

Veeam Logoby MattG » Thu Oct 24, 2013 3:48 pm

Can Veeam 7 replicate/Quick Migrate vSphere 4.1 VMs to a remote site running vSphere 5.1?

Is this the preferred tool to migrate VMs between datacenters?

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Re: Replicate ESXi 4.1 to ESXi 5

Veeam Logoby foggy » Fri Oct 25, 2013 5:49 am

Matt, yes, Veeam B&R is able to replicate and migrate VMs between these vSphere versions, please review this thread for details.
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[MERGED] Replicas and ESX Versions

Veeam Logoby jpoling » Sat Nov 23, 2013 5:17 am

I cannot find the answer to this in the user guide or documentation....for replication do the source and target host have to be running the same version of esx(i)? i.e., can I replicate a VM on an ESX 4.1 server to a host running ESXi 5.5?

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Re: Replicate ESXi 4.1 to ESXi 5

Veeam Logoby foggy » Sat Nov 23, 2013 10:32 pm

Jeff, you can replicate between different host versions, given that VM virtual hardware version is compatible. Please see above for details. Thanks.
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