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Baremetal 5.2 moving to ESXi 6.1?


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I'm currently using a baremetal machine for XPEnology and I'm in the process of moving all physical devices into a ESXi box. I'm using 5.2 on the baremetal and I've seen on here that 6.1 looks like it's about to be released so I'd like to go with that on the ESXi machine when ready.


What's the best way to migrate the systems over? Anything I should watch out for?

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Install ESXi, in ESXi make RDM (Raw Disk Mapping) for your physical disk's:

cd /vmfs/volumes/<your_datastore_name>/<virtual_machine_name>
ls -l /vmfs/devices/disks/
vmkfstools -r /vmfs/devices/disks/<deviceID> example.vmdk 

Create VM with your disk's, clean install 6.1. without formatting data partitions on disks.



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