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Start VM's on a new host

Posted on 2015-02-13
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In a test environment i have an esxi host connected to a iSCSI sotrage device running 2 X windows server 2012 VM and vCenter virtual appliance. This is ESXi essentials and we are not licensed for HA or Failover.

If my host died, what would be the process for getting those VM's started on the new host?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 500 total points
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1. Browse the datastore on the working host.

2. Browse the VM Folder.

3. Right Click the VMX file, and Click Register with Inventory.

4. Power on the VMs.

see Step 6 in my EE Article

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

and you may get asked this question


HOW TO: Select the right answer to "I Moved It" or "I Copied It" in VMware vSphere (ESXi)
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Ok that's what we had done but just wanted confirmation.  What about the networking configuration though? One of the VMs has 2 nic's connected to 2  vswitches  so that there is access to that server from 2 separate physical networks.  If our host died and we start these on the new host will we need to recreate the vswitches etc ?
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Yes, ensure that ALL hosts are identical, in terms of networking configuration, and no virtual machine configuration needs changing.
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Thanks Andrew.
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