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ESXi: for high speed copying from ESXi 4.1 to ESXi 5.1 use @Veeam FastSCP 3.0.3, not Veeam Backup and Replication 6.

Posted by jpluimers on 2014/03/23

I had to move a bunch of stuff from an old ESXI 4.1 server to a newer ESXi 5.1 server.

For that I used a Windows XP VM on the new ESXI 5.1 server that had two different 1 gigabit network connections so it could run full speed.

Speed comparison for 60 gigabytes of VMs:

I used both settings for both tools:

  1. enter the server credentials
  2. specify a job
  3. execute the job

Since FastSCP is not updated any more, it might break on future ESXi installs, but the uptick is that it is easy to download directly:

I’m reluctant to try the VMWare Workstation way of copying between ESXi servers, as that includes a (potentially very time consuming) conversion that I probably don’t want.


6 Responses to “ESXi: for high speed copying from ESXi 4.1 to ESXi 5.1 use @Veeam FastSCP 3.0.3, not Veeam Backup and Replication 6.”

  1. There could be a lot of reasons. For one there was a weird time with x64 support where FastSCP and Backup weren’t on the same page.

    But you really should try v7’s File Copy Job..

  2. FastSCP is officially deprecated but Veeam Backup Free Edition has the same file copy engine and one better with the Quick Migration tool. Let us know if you have any questions!

    • jpluimers said

      My main question is why FastSCP is so much faster than Veeam Backup and Replication. Note I’m not using the Quick Migration (that does not work on ESXi free).

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