Want to protect your cyber security and still get fast solutions? Ask a secure question today.Go Premium

x
?
Solved

Moving VM via cold migration from 1 ESX host to another

Posted on 2011-02-11
6
Medium Priority
?
1,117 Views
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
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



0
Comment
Question by:iamuser
  • 4
  • 2
6 Comments
 
LVL 28

Expert Comment

by:bgoering
ID: 34875148
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.

Good Luck
0
 
LVL 28

Expert Comment

by:bgoering
ID: 34875152
I should say on shared storage that is shared between the source and destination!
0
 

Author Comment

by:iamuser
ID: 34875291
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
0
Independent Software Vendors: We Want Your Opinion

We value your feedback.

Take our survey and automatically be enter to win anyone of the following:
Yeti Cooler, Amazon eGift Card, and Movie eGift Card!

 
LVL 28

Accepted Solution

by:
bgoering earned 2000 total points
ID: 34875427
The ESXi blades would both need to see the same LUNs in order for the method above to work. As I understand it you have vCenter with two clusters, the ESXi servers in cluster one uses one set of LUNs (or SAN), the ESXi servers in cluster two uses a different set of LUNs. If there is no datastore shared between the two clusters the storage vmotion won't do much good. If that is the case the VMware converter copy would likely be your best bet... just as if you were going local storage to local storage.

In my shop I have one "shared" LUN and datastore that all ESX and ESXi servers can see and I use that as an intermediary when needing to move vms between clusters. If you don't have such a shared LUN you could do the same thing for shared storage with NFS - might be quicker and easier.

It boils down two if the source and destination server can both see the same storage you should be able to use storage vmotion and vmotion to move around, otherwise it will be a copy
0
 

Author Comment

by:iamuser
ID: 34875658
how would I do a copy in this case?

0
 
LVL 28

Expert Comment

by:bgoering
ID: 34876359
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.
0

Featured Post

Free Tool: Subnet Calculator

The subnet calculator helps you design networks by taking an IP address and network mask and returning information such as network, broadcast address, and host range.

One of a set of tools we're offering as a way of saying thank you for being a part of the community.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

If we need to check who deleted a Virtual Machine from our vCenter. Looking this task in logs can be painful and spend lot of time, so the best way to check this is in the vCenter DB. Just connect to vCenter DB(default DB should be VCDB and using…
Understanding the various editions available is vital when you decide to purchase Windows Server 2012. You need to have a basic understanding of the features and limitations in each edition in order to make a well-informed decision that best suits …
Teach the user how to install log collectors and how to configure ESXi 5.5 for remote logging Open console session and mount vCenter Server installer: Install vSphere Core Dump Collector: Install vSphere Syslog Collector: Open vSphere Client: Config…
This tutorial will walk an individual through the steps necessary to enable the VMware\Hyper-V licensed feature of Backup Exec 2012. In addition, how to add a VMware server and configure a backup job. The first step is to acquire the necessary licen…
Suggested Courses

572 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question