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Move Virtual Machine Between Hosts

Hi All,

I'm trying to use the vCenter Converter to move (copy) a VM from a ESXi server to a newly built ESX 4.1 server. My problem is it keeps failing at 2%.

Is there a way from the console command line that I can copy a VM Machine (even if it's just the flat files) across to the other box?

Any ideas will be most welcome!

Pete
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coolsport00Commented:
You can use a host of things to try -
vCenter Converter Standalone (http://downloads.vmware.com/d/info/datacenter_downloads/vmware_vcenter_converter_standalone/4_0)
Veeam FastSCP (http://www.veeam.com/vmware-esxi-fastscp.html)
WinSCP (http://winscp.net/eng/download.php)

Regards,
~coolsport00
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michelkeusCommented:
Just unregister & download it from the current ESXi host and upload it to the new datastore on the new host. On the new host just add it to the inventory again.

You can use the Datastore Browser to do this.

Best would be to use vMotion, but I'm guessing you don't have a vCenter presently.
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vmwarun - ArunCommented:
1.Is the old ESXi host and new ESX 4.1 host on the same subnet ?

2.Is there a firewall between the hosts ?
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vmwarun - ArunCommented:
3.What is the Guest OS which you are trying to move ?
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PeterHingAuthor Commented:
Hi Al,

Thanks for your replies. Even with other software i'm having a problem copying. I have attached an error that may help.

Pete

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coolsport00Commented:
Do you have any VM backup type software, and is it currently running on this VM? If so, it puts a 'block' on the VM files during the b/u process. Once the job completes, it will 'release' the block on the files.

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PeterHingAuthor Commented:
No - we have none.

The server has 3 virtual disks - the other 2 have moved fine, it's just this one.
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vmwarun - ArunCommented:
Please clarify whether the source and destination datastores are on the same subnet.
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PeterHingAuthor Commented:
Hi arunraju,

Yes - the certainly are. But i'm afraid I may have to put this on hold for the time being.

Following this artice http://communities.vmware.com/thread/227213 I tried what was suggested, and my array controller failed (I don't think it was related to the solution btw). I currently have no VMs - let alone one to move! Joys of a standalone VM server!

Will come back with an update shortly!
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Luciano PatrãoICT Senior Infraestructure Engineer Commented:
Hi

If the 2 hosts are in the same vCenter you can do this by migrate the VM between the hosts or Storage.
But yes you can also use vConverter to do this. But do like this:

Try shutdown the VM and in the source and destination host, just use IP not dns names.

Or Install the vConverter on the VM itself, and choose local machine to import, or migrate. Also choose the destination the ESX host(not a vCenter) with IP not dns names.

Before the migration, check any ISO mounted in that VM

Hope this can help

Jail
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PeterHingAuthor Commented:
After long talks with VMWare Support - it was put down to bad blocks on the physical disk.

Even if I tried to Ghost / CloneZilla the vm, it would crash. In the end, I had to rebuild the server to fix the problem.
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coolsport00Commented:
Thanks for the update.

Regards,
~coolsport00
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Luciano PatrãoICT Senior Infraestructure Engineer Commented:
Hi

This is why is important to run a checkdsk and a drefrag before a a P2V.

Jail
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PeterHingAuthor Commented:
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