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ESXi 4.1 Local Storage on Server

I have (3) ESXi servers in our lab.  They all have local storage, but there isn't any shared network storage pools.  So each host has some test server vm's on its local store.

However, I now need to move a couple VM's to a different server.  When I try to migrate the VM to a different datastore, I can't because the host can only see it's own local storage.

Is there a way to make local storage on a Host accessible in ESXi 4.1 to the the other hosts.
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sfletcher1959
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Is there a way to make local storage on a Host accessible in ESXi 4.1 to the the other hosts.
Unfortunately, the answer is no, local storage is local storage to it's owner. It cannot be presented or shared to other ESXi hosts.

You could convert local storage to a virtual SAN (additional software and configuration), or if you just want to move VMs...there are several methods:-

HOW TO: "Live Migrate" VMware Virtual Machines between ESX/ESXi hosts and/or datastores for FREE without licenses for vMotion or Storage vMotion

HOW TO: Backup (Export) and Restore (Import) virtual machines to VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 for FREE

Veeam FastSCP or WinSCP

HOW TO:  P2V, V2V for FREE - VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.5
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Handy HolderSaggar maker's bottom knockerCommented:
Since it's only a lab and doesn't need HA I would use a virtual SAN as mentioned above. There's a demo version of HP/LeftHand VSA you can download and use for 60 days, StarWind iSCSI SAN free edition is licensed for labs and even MS iSCSI target for Win2008 in a VM will do.
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compdigit44Commented:
Vmware Storage Appliance does make take local storage on a local server(s) and presents it as shared storage but may be over kill for a lab.. but just a thought.

http://www.vmware.com/products/vsphere-storage-appliance/
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