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

Both are windows server 2008
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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 ?
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by:Seth Simmons
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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
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by:pramod1
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can't we use vmotion or storage vmotion?
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by:pramod1
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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 ?
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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 ?
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by:pramod1
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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
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 500 total points
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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.
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by:pramod1
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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
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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.
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by:pramod1
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if we are upgrading from 2008vm to 2012 vm, perhaps we can use vmotion, am I correct.
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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
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