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I realize with vmware essentials plus you get vMotion, HA, and Data Recovery. The question I have is that what if 100% up time is not necessarily an issue, or vMotion is not necessary.

If I have vmware essentials (not plus) and I have two hosts in a cluster with a SAN. Lets say 1 host goes down while 2 servers were running. Will I be able to (easily) move those 2 servers off of the down host to the host that is online? What is the process to do this without vmotion/ha ?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 2000 total points
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Yes, easy!

Remove the Server from the Host Inventory, Browse the Datastore and Add the VM to the new Host Inventory.

See step 6.


HOW TO: Clone or Copy a virtual machine in VMware vSphere Hypervisor ESX/ESXi 4.x or ESXi 5.0
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Ok, that is what I figured. So when the other host comes back up it will receive the information that the VM that was running is no longer there in its inventory and update accordingly?
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It's likely to have what we called an orphaned version (e.g. lite gray) which you can remove from inventory.
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