We have veeam backing up the VM guests to a Synology NAS repository and it's been working very well for a long time.
We recently decided to take the old server, put some bigger disks in it, install VMware 5.5 Update 3 on it and use it as a destination for a Veeam replication job of the VM guests on the primary host. We had to install VMware 5.5 Update 3 on the older server because that was the latest version that is supported according to the VMware compatibility matrix.
When we ran the first replication job, pretty quickly this error came up:
Questions:Error: VM hardware version 11 is not supported by destination host (version 5.5)
1) Is it possible to upgrade to a later version on the older server? It's a Dell PowerEdge T310. I know that it will not be officially supported, but will it work?
2) If we can't install a newer version of VMWare on it, can we install Ubuntu Server and use it as an additional Veeam Backup repository? It's a shame to have a perfectly functioning server, albeit old, just sitting there with brand new disks that we just purchased. I would install Windows server and use it as a Windows server backup repository, but I want to avoid the cost of a Windows server license.