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Moving VMS between SANs

Our current setup consists of 3 hosts running on Vsphere Essentials 4.1 and we have 2 seperate SANs with each having 1 Expansion unit which is available to all the hosts.

We are currently in DR and i have been tasked with moving (juggling) the VMs to a new host that is Vsphere 5.1 standard and a new SAN with 1 Expansion unit.

This is to slowly facilitate the cleaning of the existing hosts and SANs.

Would it possible to move VMs between two different datacentres?

What is the best way to do this any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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We aren't licensed for Storage vMotion on Vsphere 4.1.

Most of our VMs are Windows 2003 (don't ask!), that rules out Converter Standalone 5.1.

However looks like I will have to go down the Veeam Quick migration route and use
SmartSwitch technology to relocate vms between standalone hosts and datastore, however what network does it use for the traffic?

FYI our SANS are using FC.
You can always drop back to an ealier version of Converter 4.3, which most believe is more stable!

Management Network.
What is your preference to use Converter or Veeam Quick migration?

If the hosts and datastores are in the same cluster does it still use the Management network?

Appreciate your help
Both do the same function but prefer Veeam Quick Migration.
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