VMware ESX and Vmotion

Posted on 2009-04-08
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
Just recently started using VmWare ESX

We have 4 host Vmware servers with a Dell Equallogic SAN.

We now have a couple questions about Vmotion
1. How do I migrate a live(running/powered on) Virtual machine from one volume to another ? I know how to migrate from one host to another. I want to move the machine to a different volume on my SAN.
2. I have a VM running my service console, how do i move it from one host to another and/or different volume ?
Question by:Ekuskowski
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kumarnirmal earned 350 total points
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Are you referring to a second LUN on the SAN to which you want to move a VM from a different LUN ?

If you are looking to do this, take a look at this -
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65td earned 150 total points
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Vmotion and svMotion are different tasks that an ESX host can do.

vMotion moves vm's from one host to another.

svMotion moves the vm's between data stores.
See link in above comment.
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svMotion has to be done at the command line, no GUI.

You may also consider looking at some Vizioncore products, like vMigrate.
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Expert Comment

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You likely haven't installed the GUI for Storage VMotion, I'd suggest checking out the following website for a guide on installing and using the GUI Plugin. I've never tried using the command line for this.

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Sorry ignore my post i'd started writing it and got distracted kumarnirmal hadn't posted when i started writing it.

Author Comment

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I'll give svmotion a try tomorrow,

Using the GUI, will I be able to move a vm from one volume on the equallogic SAN to another Volume on the Equallogic SAN? or will I need to use local host storage ?


Expert Comment

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Yes you can use GUI and move VM from one datastore to another.
Download the GUI from this link -

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We were able to move two VM's from one datastore to another using the GUI. Thanks for all your help

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We were able to move two VM's from one datastore to another using the GUI.
Thanks for all your help

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