July 20, 2015

Migrate VM with svMotion

Migrate VM with svMotion

Migrate a Virtual Machine with Storage vMotion in the vSphere Web Client
Use migration with Storage vMotion to relocate a virtual machine’s configuration file and virtual disks while the virtual machine is powered on.

You can change the virtual machine’s execution host during a migration with Storage vMotion.

  • Ensure that you are familiar with the requirements for Storage vMotion.
  • Required privilege: Resource.Migrate powered on virtual machine
  • Right-click the virtual machine and select Migrate.
  • To locate a virtual machine, select a datacenter, folder, cluster, resource pool, host, or vApp.
  • Click the Related Objects tab and click Virtual Machines.
  • Select Change datastore and click Next.
  • Select the format for the virtual machine's disks.
  • Select a virtual machine storage policy from the VM Storage Policy drop-down menu.
    Storage policies specify storage requirements for applications that run on the virtual machine.
  • Select the datastore location where you want to store the virtual machine files.
  • Review the information on the Review Selections page and click Finish.
vCenter Server moves the virtual machine to the new storage location. Names of migrated virtual machine files on the destination datastore match the inventory name of the virtual machine. Event messages appear in the Events tab.

The data displayed on the Summary tab shows the status and state throughout the migration. If errors occur during migration, the virtual machines revert to their original states and locations.

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