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vsphere 5.1 datastore migration question

Hi all,

I wonder if any one can advise. I have created an image file comprising of a 256GB SSD using Starwind to create my SAN storage. I have 2 virtual ESXi servers and a few hosts - currently studying VCP.
I have realised that my 256GB drive is too small and am replacing it with a 1TB drive but is there anyway that I can export the datastore from the old drive before and the ESX hosts before I decom the 256GB drive.

Thank you
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How are you hosting the Starwind storage, on a laptop or server? Are the virtual ESXi servers and storage all on a single server?
Are you able to connect both the 256GB and 1TB disks simultaneously?
If so you can then present a second datastore using Starwind and migrate your VMs over using a storage migration.

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The easiest thing to do, would be to export and import the VMs.

Unless you have physical space to mount both the 256GB and 1TB, and then use Storage vMotion, or Migrate functions in vCenter Server.

or you could Backup and Restore using Veeam Backup and Replication.

see my EE Article

Part 10: HOW TO: Backup (Export) and Restore (Import) virtual machines to VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 for FREE
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Hi, @ red-king
Storage is on a laptop.

Yes, all on the starwind storage.

No, I cant connect the 1TB drive at the same time so I can't create a second starwind storage but I do have an external NAS drive that things can be exported to.
Hi Andrew, how can i get the data store out of the existing starwind storage, any ideas? As this houses my virtual machines etc.

Update or correction to my previous response. The 2 ESXi servers are installed locally to the laptop under wmware work station.
You will need to re-mount the iSCSI Starwind Storage, and connect ESXi back to server.
Sorry I only just saw this response. So just to confirm. There is no way of exporting the datastore out of the current Starwind Storage? And if i want to carry on using it would mean the continued use of the 256GB drive where it is installed?
Makes it very difficult as I want to replace the drive.
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As always thank you.