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I can't seem to find an answer on google...perhaps I am using the wrong query.....

I have an ESXi test system that is in production and is using a single SATA disk for the VM's datastore. I would like to move them over to the new ESXi server and I am keeping the same disk. Can I simply swap drives and boot??

The test system is an i7 workstation and the new server is a supermicro with intel mobo and dual xeons....both running 4.1 (not positive the supermicro is running the 4.1 update 1).

(also no raid because the VM's are just running license dongles for software on the network...VM's backed up elsewhere)

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+1 for a "test system that is in production" – h0tw1r3 Jul 23 '11 at 3:32
LOL, yea I was testing out how the dongles would work with 4.1 =) – SkinnyGeek1010 Jul 23 '11 at 13:59
@h0tw1r3 +1 for a +1 without actually doing a +1 on the question. – Jed Daniels Jul 24 '11 at 22:13
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Assuming that ESXi isn't installed on the disk in question, then yes, you should be able to simply install the disk in the new server. If you don't see it immediately, you may need to go to the Configuration tab for the host and choose "rescan" or "Add Storage". Of course, whatever you do, don't format the existing storage again, or you'll lose the data on it. You will probably have to browse the datastore and add the VMs you want to inventory, but it should be a pretty painless process.

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Perfect! I swapped the drives and I just had to browse the datastore and add to inventory. – SkinnyGeek1010 Jul 26 '11 at 1:30

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