Moving VM to correspond to Department?

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My environment runs VMware ESXi and is broken into sections/departments. In the past, when a user changed departments in windows environment, the workstation is moved to that department’s workstation OU. Now that we running VMware environment, is it necessary to move the VM when a user change departments to correspond to the new department?
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You need to treat virtual machines just like you treat physical machines. So you would move the Workstation to the Department OU.

Are these users of the workstation, do they need to manage the workstation, so need access to Connect CDROMs, Turn off and Shutdown the VM, from the vSphere client?
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No need to move the VM unless your policy indicates that each department owns its own set of ESXi servers. Is that the case?

The OU is strictly Active Directory related and will impact things like which group policy gets applied to the computer.
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If you need the same restrictions apply by Group Policy to the OU, you need to move to the approriate Department OU.
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It is really two seperate issues - whether you move the vm into a different server or datastore, and whether you move the AD computer object to a different OU - you would continue to change the OU but I would need to better understand how your environment is structured before I could advise on the other issue.

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I'm more interested whether I should move the vm into different server or datastore as (bgoering) wrote above. There are about 5000 users as whole which are break down into departments. The biggest  department is around 250 and the smallest department has about 20 users. All users run windows 7 desktop. Please let me know if you need more information

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These are users of workstation. They need access to connect CDROM, they cannot turn on and shutdown vm from the vSphere client.

Policy does not indicate that each depart own its set of ESXi
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Do you have VMware view (the VDI product)?
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250 virtual desktops is a lot to manage manually without VMware View.

How do they connect to desktops via RDP?
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Normally you spread the virtual machines across hosts and datastores, for availability, the difficulty with putting all vms on a specific host or datastore, that is a single point of failure.

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