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I have a VM with 3 HDD. 1 HDD (vmdk) is on the same datastore with the rest of the VM files in the same folder. The other 2 vmdk files are located in a different datastore (shared) and when when I added those 2 HDD drives I told it to "use an existing virtual disk." The question is if I perform a storage vmotion, will those 2 HDD be moved along with the VM vmdk file, even though they are attached to vmdk files in a different shared datastore. I hope this question makes sense and your answer is appreciated.
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Correct, if you perform a storage vMotion ALL virtual disks can be moved to the same datastore, or you can specify which datastores you want to move the vmdks to.
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Yes.  Vmotion will simply read the drive config for the Guest and copy any VMDKs.  Subsequently, it will snapshot all volume changes.
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Whoops...  I knew he was talking about storage vmotion...
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