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Move VM from Intel Host to AMD Host

Move VM from Intel Host to AMD Host

Move VM from Intel Host to AMD Host

I currently have a cluster of 4 hp dl380 g5's with intel xeon processors. I was looking at ordering a new Dell with 4 Opteron Quad processors. I know i cannot vmotion between these hosts. But is there any issue with shuting the vm down on the intel server. Migrating it to the amd and booting it back up. I guess the guest os will see the processor change. Has anyone done this and had any issues.

RE: Move VM from Intel Host to AMD Host

I have a 6 node cluster.  Back when it was only 4 servers of the same make, model and proccessors I added two updated HP servers with slighty different processors.  I had to tweak the VM's, under settings, options, CPUID Mask under Advanced.  You will also see there is a tab for specified configuration for AMD processors.  I would either call or research VMWARE for a viable answer.  It will depend on the exact processors you will be using and what specific AMD overides that may be necessary.  I would take a clone of the VM in question and copy it over to the new server and see if you have any issues and go from there.

RE: Move VM from Intel Host to AMD Host

What you could do instead of migrating the servers is to just use the P2V tool and move them that way. I would think that would work. For sure if you used something like Platespin or StorageCraft you could V2V them.


The answer is always "PEBKAC!"

RE: Move VM from Intel Host to AMD Host

Thanks guys, I am going to give it a try.

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