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How to move or migrate Vmware vsphere VM's to storage device

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Dear Experts:

We have purchased the EMC vnxe3100 storage also Vmware vsphere5.0 essential plus as of now only one is free as this is newly procured. It looks like installing the storage device takes few days as storage administrator is not availble for few more days.

1. planning to install the vmware vsphere ESXi5.0 for the dell server dell R710 server on the tumb drive and install 03 VM's in that one Vcenter
2. Once storage device is installed then is it possible to move all the VM's from the local disk to the storage device including vcenter suse applicance server to the storage.
Please suggest me is above 1 and 2 possible if yes request you to provide me how-to's

Thanks in advance.






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1. Yes this is possible. Follow this kb. http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1020655

2. You need to connect directly to the ESXi server using vSphere GUI client, Power-OFF the VMs, and using the Datastore Browser, Browse the Local Datastore, and select COPY to copy the VM Folder, Select the SAN datastore and Click Paste.  Before you do this, you must remove the VM from the Inventory, by selecting Remove From Inventory, on the VM, and after the Move, right click the VMX in the SAN folder, and Right Click, and Click Add to Inventory.
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Thanks for the valuable information. I need not wait for the storage device EMC vnxe3100 to be configured instead can start installing the ESXi 5.0 and use the local disk space and install the VM's as of now 03 VM's for producation server and one for the Vcenter server. Later when storage is introduced or implemented then copy the VM's to the storage. Please suggest me is this correct. Thanks in advance.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 500 total points
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Yes, this is correct, many ESXi user do not have shared storage, and start out using local storage and migrate the VMs later.

You could also run ESXi 5.0 in evaluation mode for 60 days, which means *DO NOT APPLY* your licenses to the ESXi 5.0 host servers, this ALLOWS you to use ALL the ENTERPRISE PLUS features for 60 days.

You can then use the Storage vMotion feature to MOVE the VM from Local to SAN storage using vCenter. Right Click VM, Click Migrate, select Datastore on SAN, and it will move it.

If you apply your licenses immedately you will not be able to evaluate these FULL FEATURES.

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Thanks again, very much interesting. Actually iam more interested to deploy the Vcenter server appliance as this is pre-packaged application running on suse linux enterprise server.
Following are few doubts please help:
1. Can I install the Vcenter server appliance on the local storage itself  then this also becomes one VM and later when the shared storage is implmented and reay then will migrate using the storage v motion before the evaluation period and then install the licensing of essential plus.
2. As iam having essential plus this come with vcenter server licence does this mean the vcenter server appliance (pre-packaged application running on suse linux enterprise 11
3. For your reference while purchasing the dell server also procured suse enterprise linux 11 subscription still not yet activated or subscribed.

Please help.






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I believe your original question has been answered. If you have found this answer helpful please assign points. Please post another question, and I or other Experts will be happy to answer these new unlreated and off topic questions.
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