I’ve inherited some pretty old ESXi boxes – I’ve purchased new hardware, and have installed ESXi 6.5 on the new hardware. At this point I need to move the VMs from the current ESXI 4.0 and 5.0 boxes to the new 6.5 one.
I shutdown three VMs, and using SSH (and SCP), I copied the files from the old datastore to a new datastore on ESXi 6.5. All three of the servers failed to power on.
Two of them I believe failed because they have snapshots (I’ll delete snaps before trying again)
The third has no snapshots, but it still failed to power on with the errors:
* File system specific implementation of LookupAndOpen[file] failed
* The file specified is not a virtual disk
* Cannot open the disk ‘/vmfs/volumes/5e45a7c6-7d90d9e0-3242-b49691662e8c/CUCX-XX-CC1/CUCX-XX-CC1_1.vmdk’ or one of the snapshot disks it depends on.
* Module ‘Disk’ power on failed.
My overall question is, what’s the best way to move (copy) these VMs from ESXi 4.0 and 5.0 hosts to my new 6.5 host.
Only the new host has support
There is no Vcenter available.
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