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Moving VM via cold migration from 1 ESX host to another

Is it possible to move a VM that is under 1 ESX host that's not part of any FT cluster over to a Host that is part of a FT cluster? I'm not doing a live Vmotion, this will be a cold migration



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It will be easy if on shared storage. Just remove from inventory (do not delete from disk!) on one server. Then in the datastore browser on the other server navigate to the vmx file for the vm, right click and add to inventory.

If on local storage it is pretty much just as easy - Just takes longer. Use VMware converter to copy it over.

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I should say on shared storage that is shared between the source and destination!
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we have 2 SAN's and vcenter can see both SAN. The blades themselves do not see each SAN.

But I'll be doing a storage Vmotion as well (cold move)

Once I do the offline storage Vmotion I can then do the offline Vmotion of the VM I take it then
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how would I do a copy in this case?

Get the stand-alone VMware converter version 4.3 from http://www.vmware.com/go/converter. Install it pretty much on any physical or virtual Windows box with connectivity to both clusters, and do a "convert" - this will allow you to do other things if you wish, for example resize disks, convert thick to thin, etc. during the copy.

Alternatively look at Veeam FastSCP (http://www.veeam.com) or WinSCP. You would need to enable SSH access (Remote Tech Support mode on ESXi 4.1) on your servers. Add them both to the tree. Then you can browse the datastores and do a straight copy.

I find Converter a bit easier to use myself. And SCP will inflate thin provisioned disks to their full size during a copy.