Exporting VM from ESX-Production to DR without SAN replication ?

Hi All,

How'd you transfer / copy a VM from Production to DR without SAN replication or restoring from backup tape ?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)Connect With a Mentor VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
1. You could use the Export function. If machine was off)

2. VMware Converter to perform a conversion to a new Virtual Machine. (this will perform a warm copy).
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coolsport00Connect With a Mentor Commented:
If you wanna do it live, you can use vCenter Converter Standalone tool, or use Converter within vCenter Server; if you wanna do a copy and you don't need the VM to be powered on, you can use Veeam FastSCP.

Let me know if you need further clarification.

Regards,
~coolsport00
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
are the Production and DR SANs both connected to ESX server?
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coolsport00Commented:
That's a good point "hanccocka"; Assuming they are in different sites, I assumed also that storage was separate, so I didn't suggest potential for VMotion (if there is appropriate licensing)...but if that is correct, then that is an option and mitigates everything else. :)

~coolsport00
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Danny McDanielConnect With a Mentor Clinical Systems AnalystCommented:
if you are using something like Backup Exec System Recovery to backup the VM(s), you can use converter to import from various backup image files.
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jjozAuthor Commented:
thanks for the reply guys.
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