Converting HyperV to ESXi

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  1. matkisson

    matkisson New Member

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    This really is just an FYI post incase anyone searches for an issue like this.

    I recently decided to migrate my HyperV infrasture to my ESXi (6.7) server to consolidate my server rack. Including rewiring my entire network. The VM in question is a Plex media server running on RHEL 7.6 on 2012 HyperV. All setting were default when I created the VM, nothing special. I tried to use the VMware converter software but when I booted the VM on the ESX/vSphere server, the VM would fail to detect a bootable VHD and boot the the EFI firmware. After multiple attempts, changing a few options in the HyperV config each time, I decided to think outside the box. I managed to get the VM to boot but it would fail to detect LVMs, despite following the RH solution (Kernel panic on boot following "dracut Warning: LVM rootvg/rootlv not found" - Red Hat Customer Portal).

    At this point I was convinced that the conversion was unable to account for some settings.

    The final solution:

    Convert the HyperV VM to a VMware Workstation export.
    Remove all drives from the VM
    Add the VMDK as an IDE hard drive.
    *For compatability, set the proper guest operating system (RHEL 7 64-bit)
    Upgrade VM compatability to Workstation 14/ESXi 6.7
    Connect VMware Workstation to the ESXi/vSphere server and upload the VM
    On the ESXi/vSphere server, remove the NICs currently on the VM (they are incompatible) and add a new NIC (VMXNET3 preferably)
    Power on the VM and expect some services to fail.
    Determine the interface name and use NMTUI to add and configure the connection.
    REBOOT

    This took almost 3 hours for me to figure out but hopefully it helps someone.
     
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