VMWare 5.1 migration 4.98TB of storage


I want to migrate an existing server with 4.98Tb of storage.  It's going to be migrate from old SAN (MSA2312) to the new one (VNX 5300).

We are using VMWare 5.1

The server have 6 disks
Disk01 - 40 gig
Disk02 - 1.07 Tb
Disk03 - 1.5625 Tb
Disk04 - 1.5625 Tb
Disk05 - 100 gig
Disk06 - 650 gig

From those disks, the server have 5 Disk
Drive C - 40 gig
Drive E - 1.07 Tb
Drive F - 3.12 Tb
Drive G - 650 tb
Drive H - 100 gig

Is there a risk of migrating a server this big?

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)Connect With a Mentor VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Right Click the VM, and select Clone
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
The risk is it will take a few hours to perform the migration.

I assume you will be doing this our of hours with Storage vMotion?
polycorjspAuthor Commented:
I have from Friday 5:00pm to Monday 8:00.  I assume it's going to be enough.

I will use vMotion.  I have done this with all other servers and everything went perfeclty but it was a lot smaller than this one! :)

If vmotion is unable to complete; does it keeps the storage on the old SAN until everything is moved and verified?

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
I assume you mean Storage vMotion, personally, I would shutdown services, and perform a "clone/backup/restore" manual move, so you can always rollback easily.
polycorjspAuthor Commented:
How to you perform a clone/backup/restore with vmware?
polycorjspAuthor Commented:
Worked like a charm.  It only took only 3 hours to complete

Thanks a lot!

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