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Migrating from ESX to ESXi


I currently have a VMware ESX 3.5 Virtual Infrastructure that will be migrated to vSphere 4.1.  I am running version 1.2 of SMVI that runs outside of Virtual Center.  As I understand it version 2.0 is integrated into vCenter.  Beside that I need to also install the Host Utilities but ESXi hosts do not have a console so how do I acheive the same functionalities such as MBRAlign to align VMDK blocks in ESXi.



As you indicated, VSC will manage the ESXi hosts for settings and paths instead of the Host Utilities Kit. Unfortunately MBRalign needs a service console. Are you useing FC, ISCSI or NFS for connectivity to the NetApp? We are working on a new tool that will allow alignments on ESXi, until then you will have to either align the VMs with a ESX server before moving them to ESXi or perhaps look at a 3rd party alignment tool that aligns from inside the VM.



Hi Paul,

All functionalities of ESX host utilities (including MBRAlign) are included in VSC, and more. 🙂

Kind regards,


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