• Status: Solved
  • Priority: Medium
  • Security: Public
  • Views: 296
  • Last Modified:

VMware

How to move hard drive from one vm to another VM in same vm

Both are windows server 2008
0
pramod1
Asked:
pramod1
  • 5
  • 5
1 Solution
 
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
How to move hard drive from one vm to another VM in same vm

in the same VM ?

it's not moving anywhere, do you mean datastore ?
0
 
Seth SimmonsSr. Systems AdministratorCommented:
not sure what you mean by moving one to another in the same

shut down the guest, remove the disk from the vm properties, then add a disk in the other vm, select use existing disk and point it to the location of the vmdk
0
 
pramod1Author Commented:
can't we use vmotion or storage vmotion?
0
Free recovery tool for Microsoft Active Directory

Veeam Explorer for Microsoft Active Directory provides fast and reliable object-level recovery for Active Directory from a single-pass, agentless backup or storage snapshot — without the need to restore an entire virtual machine or use third-party tools.

 
pramod1Author Commented:
both are windows 2008 server and I am consolidating into one server in same vm and sunset the other one
do I need to consider vmotion if they are in same volume ?
0
 
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You cannot use vMotion or Storage vMotion to complete the merge, but you can use Storage vMotion to move both VMs onto the same datastore, if this is easier.

So you have

1. VM1 with a virtual machine disk A

2. VM2 with a virtual machine disk A

and you want to move virtual machine disk A from VM1 to VM 2 ?

in the same datastore ?
0
 
pramod1Author Commented:
what information I have is there are 2 windows server 2008 on same vm, most probably they are using same datastore, and I want to get rid of one server altogether.

why can't we use vmotion
0
 
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
vMotion just moves the VM from one host to another. (live).

It does not combine VMs. That's not it's function.

Okay, I'm assuming here two VMs on the same datastore, because 2 Windows Servers 2008 on the same VM, is nonsense! speak!

1. Power OFF Both VMs.

2. VM A (the VM with the virtual disk you require).

3. Make a note of the disk name, and location (datastore). Edit VM Settings, and check the disk.

4. Remove the Disk from the VM, (do not delete from disk!).

5. Remove the VM A from the Inventory.

6. on VM B,

7. Right Click the VM - Edit Settings

8. Add Disk

9. Browse and select the Existing Disk you removed from VM A above, browse the folders and datastore to select this disk, you recorded the name and datastore, and folder location above.

10. Power on VM B.

11. Check Explorer, do you have another disk added ?

12. otherwise Right Click My Computer - Manage - Disk Management

13. Re-Scan disks.

14. You may need to Right Click the new disk, and Click Online

15. Right Click the new disk added, and Add a drive letter.

16. Check in My Computer, you will see the disk and drive letter.
0
 
pramod1Author Commented:
I got ur point, thanks for excellent answer

what is exact difference between vmotion and storage?

is vmotion for migrating one vm to another vm like 2008vm to 2012 vm
and storage vmotion for merging vm's thanks
0
 
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
is vmotion for migrating one vm to another vm like 2008vm to 2012 vm
and storage vmotion for merging vm's thanks

no, neither.

New Question really...

vMotion - Moves a Live Virtual Machine (powered on) between Hosts (the VM process is moved!).

Storage vMotion - Moves a Live Virtual Machine (powered on) between Datastores (the virtual machine disks are moved!).

Storage vMotion can move the VM process and VM disks at the same time.

they *DO NOT* change any VM configuration of the OS.
0
 
pramod1Author Commented:
if we are upgrading from 2008vm to 2012 vm, perhaps we can use vmotion, am I correct.
0
 
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
No, you are not correct.

vMotion does not CHANGE THE VM OS!

I think you need to read this:-

VMware vSphere Availability Features

VMware vMotion - Migrate Virtual Machines with Zero Downtime
http://www.vmware.com/products/vmotion/overview.html

VMware vMotion Product Brief
http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/VMware-VMotion-DS-EN.pdf
0

Featured Post

Automating Your MSP Business

The road to profitability.
Delivering superior services is key to ensuring customer satisfaction and the consequent long-term relationships that enable MSPs to lock in predictable, recurring revenue. What's the best way to deliver superior service? One word: automation.

  • 5
  • 5
Tackle projects and never again get stuck behind a technical roadblock.
Join Now