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Hi Experts,

I have 2 hosts with a SAN, just local storage for now.
Now I need to move the vcenter server to the other host.
But how can I do this when I have to shutdown the vcenter ?
Any ideas ?
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Couple of options. Shut down the vCenter server. Connect the vmware vsphere client to the host vcenter is on, browse the datastore of that host and download the folder.

Connect the client to the other host and upload the folder you just downloaded.

Other options include the same process more or less but using something like WinSCP to do it.
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I see, I will check 1rst option.

Can you also expalin the WINSCP option ?
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I'm guessing you do not have vMotion. In that case you can use Veeam free to migrate the VCenter easily.

http://www.veeam.com/virtual-machine-backup-solution-free.html
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It's an almost identical process - you can connect to the hosts storage subsystems and move files around. Can't remember off the top of my head if you can connect to both simultaneously such that you could cut out the copy to your PC in between.

It's laid out like an FTP client almost in how it looks. It's available here: http://winscp.net/eng/index.php
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Migrate VMs between hosts and/or datastores

The Quick Migration utility* in Veeam Backup Free Edition lets you migrate a live VM to any host or datastore—even if you don’t use clusters or shared storage.

Quick Migration leverages native VMware technology, as well as exclusive Veeam technology, to accommodate any migration scenario, including:

Migrating a VM from a local datastore to shared storage
Migrating a VM between two separate hosts and datastores
With Quick Migration’s point-and-click interface, you can easily move a live VM from any source to any destination, even if vMotion and vStorage Motion aren’t available. And with Veeam’s SmartSwitch technology, downtime is reduced to mere seconds.
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Amazing
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