Vmware and disk move

Posted on 2012-08-27
Last Modified: 2012-08-27
I'm running  redhat on  vmware and  it has second drive as well and got it from datastore.
Can I move this second drive to  another  vm guest? I mean to another redhat box?
Question by:mokkan
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    Accepted Solution

    Turn OFF both Virtual Machines. Make sure you have valid backups before any VM changes, and this does not mean a VMware snapshot!

    Yes, just Edit the Virtual Machine settings, (Right Click the VM), and select Remove, (but do not select Remove from disk).

    On the new Virtual Machine that you want to attach this disk, Edit the Virtual Machine settings,(Right Click VM) Select Add Disk, Followed by Use an Existing Disk, Browse to the location of the disk you need to attach, and select it.

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    Keep in mind that the disk would still be in the old VM's folder which may get confusing.  If this is for long term I would copy the vmdk and the vmdk-flat file to the new VM folder for easy of use in the future

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    Thank you very much. It worked !!
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    Expert Comment

    by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE)
    no problems, if you want to move the disk, see my EE Article

    HOW TO: Clone or Copy a virtual machine in VMware vSphere Hypervisor ESX/ESXi 4.x or ESXi 5.0

    this article shows you how to use the datastore browser.

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