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Need to do svmotion for vm having RDM

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Please advice,if we can do Vmotion and SVmotion without any downtime ?

 And any specific steps we have to follow to do svmotion for my vm running on esxi 5.1, (but dont have upgraded vmtool and h/w version now,recetly host migrated to 5.1)

Please advice best prectice to do that
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Right Click the VM, and Click Migrate, follow the wizard and select the new datastore.

Make sure you have no snapshots on the VMs, before Migration.
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it will automatically do svmotion for RDM as well ?

my concern is..will there be any issue for RDM attached to my vm ?
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
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The RDM is attached to the VM.

see here

Migrating virtual machines with Raw Device Mappings (RDMs)
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Is the RDM physical or virtual?
There is a caveat for physical RDM.
Only pointer will transfer over, NO data.
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hmm, thats the concern here,i need to move RDM form one filer to another..not pointer only the pointer

and here in my case it is virtual RDM

please advcie..as i have issue with my existing lun, so need to move another filer

please advcie best way with min downtime if any ?
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Please advice,how to move data using svmotion for RDM virtual/physical
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Thanks,already checked that doc, but  still not sure if this can be done without any outage ?
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Yes, as long as they are virtual RDM's this can be done "hot".
You will need to do an advanced vMotion to move VM and RDM.
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ok, would be good if there is any any best practice doc to follow in that case
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Thanks
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