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Move a Virtual Machine between Clusters that use different storage and managed by different Vcenters

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Hello All and thank you in advance.

I want to move a VM between an old cluster and a new that are using different shared storage and Vcenters and I'm trying to find the best solution.

1) Copy the files from one datastore to the other, seems that it's going to take time since I will have to download the VM files from the one Datastore to a client  machine and then upload it to the other datastore.

2) Correct me if I'm wrong but if I configured the two Vcenters in linked mode I'm still not going to be able to use storage vmotion if the clusters are not using the same shared storage,

3) Disabled the old cluster and decommission the Vcenter (this cluster will be decommissioned either way as soon as I finish with the whole infrastructure upgrade). Now using the new vcenter I will create a new temporary cluster that will contain the old esxis and then I will use vmotion and storage vmotion to move the VM that I need to the new cluster hosts and datastore.

Please let me know your thoughts or other solutions.

Thank you very much for your help.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 500 total points
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1. Attach both storage to same ESXi server, and issue the copy at the server, no need to download to client and back.

2. Correct, ESXi servers have to be able to share the storage.

Option 3 is good and would work.

OR

Use VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.5, and create a V2V

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

HOW TO:  P2V, V2V for FREE - VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.5

HOW TO: FAQ VMware P2V Troubleshooting

HOW TO:  Synchronize changes when completing a P2V or V2V with VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.1

HOW TO: Improve the transfer rate of a Physical to Virtual (P2V), Virtual to Virtual Conversion (V2V) using VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.0
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by:jamescarson69
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duh didn't think the most obvious. :)

Thank you Andrew for the prompt response!
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No problems.
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by:Krushna Chaithanya
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Hi Andrew,
I got a task to be done. I have to migrate a VM from one cluster to another cluster.
1. What are the prerequisites to perform this task.

My question is, each cluster VMs has a different vlan. And also, in the source cluster, the domain of esxi host is different to the esxi hosts in the destination cluster. What steps have to be taken? Please advice.
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@Krushna Chaithanya Please post a new question and myself or other experts will be glad to assist.
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