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ESXi 5.1.0 - Change datastore of a VMware Client from one datastore to another.

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We have added a NAS drive as  "datastore4"  in the Management Console. We would like to change the datastore of one of our VMs from it's current datastore of  "datastore1"  to  "datastore4"  . How is that accomplished?
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Do you have vCenter Server and a license for Migration or Storage vMotion ?

If you do, if the VM is off, Right Click VM, select Migrate, if the VM is on, do the same.

Do you just have a standalone server?

You will need to "cut and paste"

see my EE Articles

HOW TO: Clone or Copy a virtual machine in VMware vSphere Hypervisor ESX/ESXi 4.x or ESXi 5.0

HOW TO: Select the right answer to "I Moved It" or "I Copied It" in VMware vSphere (ESXi)

other options, you could use VMware Converter, Export or Import, Backup and Restore ?
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We have a Standalone Server. I'm not sure what you mean by cut & paste. The NAS unit is seen by the system. So, how do we change the datastore of a single VM from one of the local drives to the NAS. See attached PICs for screen shots. Thanks in advance. Joe W.
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Did you read me EE Article ?

HOW TO: Clone or Copy a virtual machine in VMware vSphere Hypervisor ESX/ESXi 4.x or ESXi 5.0

this shows the process of how to copy and paste a file, and virtual disks?

Right Click the datastore, select browse, find the files, and then select copy, go to the destination datastore, and click paste.
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We were able to complete the process using the EE Article you advised. We now have that datastore in place. Thank you for your help. Project completed.
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Thank you for your technical assistance. We were able to complete the change of the data-store on the VM in question. Project completed.
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No problems.
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