I need to move a VM to another datastore. I do not have a license for storage vMotion. I am able to power off the server one night this weekend.
Regarding the time it takes to move, does it matter if I clone or copy the VM folder to the new datastore? Also, do I need to remove from inventory before the move and re-add after the move? I realize a clone will register the VM on a host. If I copy, do I need to remove the VM from inventory and then register after the copy or can I just leave the powered off VM in the hosts inventory and just power it back on when the copy is finished?