Moving ESXi virtual machines to new host
Posted on 2014-10-02
I've come into a setup with two physical servers. One server is an ESXi host and the second acts as datastore location, which contains the storage for all the VMs. I'm going to be adding additional hard drives to the ESXi host so that I can move all the VM to the datastore on the host. Currently there is not enough storage space on the ESXi host to house all of the VMs.
Because of the current setup, I have to reconfigure the RAID array on the ESXi host to add the storage space for the new hard drives. So the plan is to add the new hard drives, reconfigure the RAID array and reinstall ESXi. I then need to transfer the 3 VMs (600GB, 200GB, 200GB) to the datastore on the ESXi host.
My question is, what is the most efficient way to transfer those VMs? Downtime is not an issue here, but I would like to do this as quickly as possible.
Thoughts? Thanks very much!