Move vmWare VM to a host at another site
Posted on 2013-11-04
I currently have a Windows Server 2003 VM hosted on an ESX 5.1 server in Baltimore, MD. It is a SQL Server for several warehouses. I need to find a way to move the VM to a new host in Cincinnati, OH with minimal downtime. The pipe between both sites is not that great so a live migration is not feasible. I had in mind to take a backup somehow of the guest then ship that backup to Cincinnati and restore it, then pipe the differential backup once it is up and running. Does anybody have any ideas?