Transfer VM 's to another ESXi host
Posted on 2013-06-28
I have a two physical machines both running ESXi. Currently, I have working VM's on both hosts and would like to get rid of one of my physical machines. I want to transfer the VM's from one host ESXi (5.0.0) to the other Host (ESXi 5.1.0).
I already was able to download the VMDK's from source DataStore and upload them to the destination Host's Datastore; however, how do I spin up that VM? Normally I setup VM's from scratch via ISO installation, but what if I have a working VM and want to transfer?
I have heard of VMotion and Vcenter but I don't think I can afford that, so I wanted to see if there's a way to do it with VSphere. Also, do I need to transfer the entire folder from one DataStore to the other or just the VMDK's? Once transferred, how do I spin up?