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I need to move a VM from one local host store to another esxi 4 vmware

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This is probably an easy one, but I don't remember. I am no my older Esxi 4 host using VSphere 4. I noticed a VM is constantly shutting down and I realized the hoststore it is on has only 3GB of space left. I discovered HostStore02 has 112 GB remaining and has plenty of space to move the VM. I have the VM shut down and went to EDIT SETTINGS but do not see where I can change the hoststore. The storage is all local. How can I get my VM moved from HostStore03 to HostStore02??
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are you using vCenter Server?

Right Click VM, select Migrate, and follow the Wizard, and select the new Datastore.

if you do not have vCenter Server, follow my EE Article

HOW TO: Add and Connect a USB Device to a Virtual Machine, hosted on VMware vSphere Hypervisor ESX 4.1 ESXi 4.1, ESXi 5.0

but Copy and Paste the VM Folder from the old Datastore to the new Datastore.

But you may want to check if the reason for VM stopping is because you have a Snapshot issue, e.g. the VM us running on a snapshot disk.

See my other EE Article

HOW TO: VMware Snapshots :- Be Patient

you maybe want to clear up the snapshot issue before moving the VM, with snapshots attached.
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by:Thor2923
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i do not have vcenter and your article appears to be about a USB device. Is there not a simple way to move the VMDK on my vm to a datastore that has more space?
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by:Thor2923
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I dont get it, I moved my VM from host08store3 to host08store2 yet Host08store3 still displayes only 3.41GB free and store2 still shows 112.84, but if I browse each data store I see that my vm has left 3 and is now on 2. I have tried refreshing and logging in and out. Any insight as to why there the space is not changing? And the bottom line is now my VM will not boot up at all due to lack of space even though it shows 112.50GB free
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by:Thor2923
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here is a screen shot
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where?
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by:Thor2923
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sorry I never hit the attach button
Doc1.docx
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does you VM have any snapshots?
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by:Thor2923
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no nothing like that
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by:Thor2923
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at least nothing obvious, what kind of file would a shapshot be?
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check my EE article above to confirm no snapshots
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