Moving a VM from one ESXi 5.1 free hypervisor to another

I have two servers running VMWare ESXi 5.1 free edition. They're not related to each other... I just happened to inherit a second, more powerful server. They both use local storage for the VM storage. This isn't a production environment, just a small office.

How can I migrate a VM from one host to another? Is it as simple as just powering off the VM, moving it's files to the other host, adding it to the new host in vSphere, and powering it back on?

Also, what's the best way to move the VM's data from the one local datastore to another?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
If you have free ESXi, the easiest way is to use VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.1, and create a V2V.

Install Converter, on the VM to move, and convert to the other ESXi server, it's quick, it will copy the VM across the network, and register the VM on the new server, once completed, turn off the existing (old) VM, and delete.

your only other options:-

1. download to a workstation via Datastore Browser in vSphere Client, and upload and register on new host.

2. download to workstation using WinSCP, and upload and register on new Host.

3. download to workstation using Veeam Backup, and upload and register on new host.

see my EE Articles

HOW TO:  Synchronize changes when completing a P2V or V2V with VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.1

HOW TO:  P2V, V2V for FREE - VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.1

HOW TO: Improve the transfer rate of a Physical to Virtual (P2V), Virtual to Virtual Conversion (V2V) using VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.0
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Pete LongTechnical ConsultantCommented:
Or you could use an OVF file VMware ESXi - How to Import and Export OVF Files

PL
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Moving data from one local datastore to another is covered in this EE Article

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

Also applicable to ESXi 5.1.
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MaximK10Commented:
Veeam FastSCP is now a part of Veeam Backup Free Edition and includes some other features that will allow you to backup your virtual environments and protect your VMs. It also has Instant File-Level recovery capability. Veeam Backup Free Edition does not have an expiration date and has no limitation on the number of VMs to be protected.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
@MaximK10 EXCEPT!

But as we all know Veeam Backup Free Edition DOES NOT workie with ESXi 5.1 FREE Edition!!!!

You need to have a licensed version of ESXi!
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MaximK10Commented:
Overlooked that part. Thank you for the correction!
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piyushranusriSystem Cloud SpecialistCommented:
from vmware
you can download the server folder from datastore to another storage device and then remove from inventory.


and then upload the folder to desination storage and re-register the vm.

it will get powered on..

please share output
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