To do so, you need to have
- Vmware ESXi 6.0 Host
- Vmware ESXi 6.5 Host
- Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 with Update 1. Update 1 is require to backup Vmware ESX 6.5. To download, click here.
Here is our infrastructure:
ESX 6.0 with few running virtual machines:
ESX 6.5 without any VM. (new setup). Starting from 6.5, Vsphere client is no longer available. to manage ESX host, you will use Vsphere Web Client (HTML 5) and access using latest web browser.
To console access a virtual machine, you can download VMRC (Vmware Remote Console)
To be safe, we recommend that you perform full backup of existing virtual machine before perform any migration.
Once done, you can start to migrate VM by using Veeam Administrator Console. Go to Virtual Machine workspace | Go to ESX Host | Right click VM | Select Quick Migration.
Note:- Make sure you've added ESXi 6.5 host into managed host.
Online Migration (while VM is running)
Offline Migration (while VM is offline)
Once migrated, you need to
- Upgrade VM Compatibility to ESXi 6.5 virtual machine. This process is irreversible operation & incompatible to prior version of ESXi Host. Do this when VM is offline.
- Upgrade VM Tool
Now you've successful migrate virtual machine from ESXi 6.0 Host to ESXi 6.5 Host. Final step, is modify the backup policy & perform backup to protect the virtual machine using Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5.
Hope this help....