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AVP Convert to ESXi / vSphere remotely

AVP Convert to ESXi / vSphere remotely

AVP Convert to ESXi / vSphere remotely

(OP)
I know there has to be a way but can't find anything. Site wants to use their ESXi versus Avaya AVP.

I know its good to do with a disk and on site but need to try and do this remotely.

Thanks

RE: AVP Convert to ESXi / vSphere remotely

Are you trying to convert the existing host to ESXi or trying to move the VM to a new host?

If moving to a new host you should be able to copy (scp) the entire directory where the VM is installed on AVP to the new host datastore and then import that as an existing VM https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/1006160. On AVP he VM will be installed under /vmfs/volumes/server_local_disk/my_cm_name (whatever is the name of the VM you are trying to move). Of course I would recommend take a backup of anything first. You may have to temporarily shut down the firewall on AVP/ESXi to run the scp command. I think outbound scp/ssh is blocked on AVP.

If you're trying to install ESXi on the existing host and preserve the VMFS file system then you would either need virtual console access (iLo or iDrac, etc.) or a kick start file. With virtual console access you need to select the option to preserve the existing vmfs file system. If you don't have console access then it is possible to create a kick start file that would automate the install of ESXi but that is a bit complicated to explain in a forum post.

After that depending on what you did you may have the issues of changing IP addresses of the VMs and possibly license issues.

RE: AVP Convert to ESXi / vSphere remotely

Someone needs to turn-on the IDRAC port. You need to have a license for it to work. AVP are hosted on a Dell server (OEM Avaya) - so yes it can be done remotely. But you need hands and legs to configure the IDRAC IP address and plug it on the network.

RE: AVP Convert to ESXi / vSphere remotely

(OP)
Yes, on a new server I recently received from Avaya, it came preloaded with ESXI rather than AVP with the ESXI license sticker applied. The services is intended to be via the iDRAC for that configuration - which to me would be a great improvement over the services port. :) Haven't heard or looked into this being the future for all new Avaya branded servers with a hypervisor.

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