How to move VM from one VMWare ESX Server to another

I am getting ready to deploy 2 VMWare servers connected to a single IBM DS3300 iSCSI SAN.

I know that the best answer for this is VMotion, but is there an alternate way to move a VM Located on the SAN Disk from one server to the other.  

I am looking for a way to bring a VM up in the unlikely case one VM Server fails.

Thanks for your time

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3nerdsCommented:
If you purchased HA it would perform that function for you automatically.

If you don't have HA licensed, and both host have access to the lun where the machine is stored you could easily just browse the datastore and add it in to you running machine.

Good Luck,

3nerds
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robocatCommented:

If you want to do this in case of a server failure, you need to enable VMware HA (High Availability).

This will restart the VM on the other server when one server fails.
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brittonvAuthor Commented:
Without HA Can I do it manually?

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3nerdsCommented:
Yes browse the data sotre and add it back in manually.

3nerds
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robocatCommented:

As 3nerds says, it is possible to import the VM in the other machine.

But this is a bit of an ugle solution. If the first server comes back up, you may end up with a VM running on 2 machines, and this can lead to data corruption.

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nappy_dThere are a 1000 ways to skin the technology cat.Commented:
Well simple enough is to map the shared LUNs to both vmware hosts and add the guests. Now when server A goes down you manyallu start up the guests on server B.

In the end tho for $2500USD a vmware foundations pack is well worth the money.
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brittonvAuthor Commented:
Is that $2500 per server?  

I have to admit I find VMWare pricing confusing as hell.  

What do I really need in this scenario?
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3nerdsCommented:
HA is the best solution.

But if you are talking should one of your VM hosts die, then you can manually move it. I am taking this as a DR situation that the host that normally runs the VM is dead. In that situation it won't matter as when a new box is brought up you will have to add new vm's back into it.

I am not sure if you are running VC, and in that case not sure if what robocat say about corruption is true. But as long as you are running VC and using it to control both machines it won't let you add the same machine multiple times into your datacenter if both hosts are up.

Regards,

3nerds
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nappy_dThere are a 1000 ways to skin the technology cat.Commented:
That is $2500USD for 3 servers(2 CPU) and one Virtual Centre.  It also includes 1year of Gold support.
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brittonvAuthor Commented:
I Presume you mean purchase this:
http://store.vmware.com/servlet/ControllerServlet?Action=DisplayPage&Env=BASE&Locale=en_US&SiteID=vmware&id=ProductDetailsPage&productID=126844900
 
and use it to control 3 servers, what is installed on the servers?

Do I then have to purchase VMWare HA for the 3 servers to me controlled?
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nappy_dThere are a 1000 ways to skin the technology cat.Commented:
No it comes with HA I believe.
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brittonvAuthor Commented:
Just so I understand this.  for $2,500 I can install it on 3 separate servers with up to 2 quad-core CPU's in each.  I get the management console and all the automagical VMWare stuff?

That really sounds to good to be true, but hope I got it right!!!

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3nerdsCommented:
http://www.vmware.com/products/vsphere/buy/editions_comparison.html

Please look at the above link, that describes the different versions and the features that come with them. Realistically if you want Vmotion, HA, DRS and all the goodies you are going to need to buy Enterprise.

If you can get away with just HA and dont need VMotion or DRS you could look at Essentials Plus.

All of the pricing break down can be found here:

http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/vsphere_pricing.pdf

I can tell you if you want enterprise you are looking at about 20k.

Good Luck,

3nerds
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nappy_dThere are a 1000 ways to skin the technology cat.Commented:
At a minimum HA is what you need for basic ESX host failure to bring up your guests on another host in your cluster.

Also, another good feature to REALLY OPTION in to the mix is VCB.
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tbartimCommented:
IF you don"t have HA Vcenter and just have stand alone ESX Servers the easiest way I have found to move a VM from (1) ESX server to another is to use VCB to backup the VM  on  Virtual Server A and use Vmconverter Stand alone free version to create the VM on ESX Server B  from your VCB backup

This has worked for me in the past with minimum down time if yoy VMDK files are not too large on the VM

tbartim
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