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to move the disk of server on the esx

Posted on 2009-07-02
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I ve got the five servers on the vmware esx server 3.5 and two datastore,with storage1 and storage2.I would like to move the datastore of a server, from storage1 to storage2.. how can I move the datastore of the server from a store to another store with virtual center? I couldnt find the move option on the virtual center?could you please tell me step by step?
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by:vmwarun - Arun
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You cannot move datastores but you can move your Virtual Machines from one Datastore to another using Storage vMotion.
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by:vardyb
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Are you wanting to move a complete datastore containing the virtual disks from multiple virtual machines from one ESX hosts to another or are you wanting to move the virtual disks belonging to a virtual machine from one datastore to another?
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With virtual Center 2.5, Storage vMotion is possible but only via the command line (which is a bit of a handful!) If you want to move from one datastore to the other while the VM is running, then I would recommend this tool that I have used: http://vip-svmotion.wiki.sourceforge.net/
With the new vSphere Virtual Center, Storage vMotion is part of the GUI
 
 
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Unless I'm missing something a simple Migrate command in Virtual Center 2.5 will do the trick, provided the host can see both datastores a te same time, AND you have a Vcenter server to log onto.

1) log onto the virtual center server (not the VMware host, but the server running Vcenter)
Right click on the VM
2) Select Migrate
3) Select same host / different datstore

and the migration moves the VM from one dtastore to another o nthe same machine.  Pretty simple.

But Migrate isnt available if you log onoto the host, only if you have a vcenter server (even the 3 license foundation does this)

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