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Transfer VM 's to another ESXi host

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Hello,

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?

Thanks!
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 500 total points
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All you have to do is browse the datastore and add the VM to the inventory.

So, right click the VMX file on the datastore, and select Add to Inventory.

Steps can be seen in my EE Article here

HOW TO: Clone or Copy a virtual machine in VMware vSphere Hypervisor ESX/ESXi 4.x or ESXi 5.0

You also need to transfer the entire folder and all the files.

you may also want to consider these ideas in this article of mine

VMware ESX/ESXi Backup Guide

HOW TO: Connect to the VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1) using the vSphere Client

HOW TO:  Synchronize changes when completing a P2V or V2V with VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.1
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Thanks! This is exactly the info I needed.
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