We have decided to create a new Lab setup using XCP-NG. I have watched the many videos detailing the installation and setup process. It is all very exciting!
I have a question about migrating our existing lab vm’s currently running in esxi v 5 for the hypervisor with Nexenta Server providing the vmdk and associated vm files in NFS datastores. What is the best way to migrate our existing vm’s?
(we also have a number of vmdk’s within the NFS datastore that were previously mounted within running virtual machines that we need to mount to consolidate within the new vm’s, they are not OS disks, just storage - so we just need to access the contents to move those files into new locations within the new vm’s).
- we can access the vm’s either via esxi OR directly from the Nexenta NFS datastores
- I have read about Xen conversion tools, but they no longer appear to be available.
- the vm’s do not have to be running, and we are able to accomodate downtime.
- we have not been running the full licenced vmware suite because we did not elect to maintain their increasingly costly licensing
Our new network/server setup will be:
FreeNas running on server hardware with zfs, and exposing NFS storage
2 Physical hypervisor servers running XCP-NG each with local storage for vm’s
Can anyone suggest the best path to accomplish the esxi migration?