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Steps to VMotion VM's to another Host

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I have a Host that may need to replaced because of a pending hardware failure.  I have about 6 VM's on that Host.  What are the steps I need to take to get the VM's on another Host without interrupting the users?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 500 total points
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Right Click the VM :- Migrate, follow the wizard.

But, do you have a license for vMotion?

Do you have shared storage, e.g. SAN or NAS?

otherwise there is an option here:-


see my EE Article, Step by Step Tutorial Instructions with Screenshots

HOW TO: "Live Migrate" VMware Virtual Machines between ESX/ESXi hosts and/or datastores for FREE without licenses for vMotion or Storage vMotion
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I believe we DO have a VMotion license but if you can help me determine that it would be great.
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Right Click the VM, and select Migrate, follow the wizard and select the new hosts you want to migrate to.

Does it work?

Do you get the options to migrate live?
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One VM motioned perfectly.  The next gives me this error:
"Virtual machine "machinename" on host "IPADDRESS" would violate a virtual machine - host affinity rule"
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thoughts?
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You have VMware DRS turned on, and you have an affinity rule created which "locks" that VM to the Host.

Edit the Cluster (Right Click - Cluster - Edit)

Change the Affinity Rule.
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