vMotion is not licenesed!

I receive a message saying storage vMotion is not licensed on the host when I attempt to migration.  I am currently licensed for Essentials Plus.  I recently upgraded from ESX 5 to 5.5.  Not sure if this part of the problem or not but the license says vSphere 5.  Does this need to be upgraded?

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
vSphere 5 licenses are valid for ALL versions of 5.x,

e.g. 5.0, 5.1 and 5.5.

VMware vSphere Essentials Plus is NOT LICENSED for Storage vMotion.

Storage vMotion is the Live Migration of the VM from one datastore to another.

Power the VM OFF, and perform a  cold migration.

see here


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NytroZAuthor Commented:
How is this high availability if I need to power the vm down to move it?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You have vMotion which is moving the VM (live) between hosts. (between datastores requires Storage vMotion)

It's not. If you need Storage vMotion you will need a license for it, upgrade to vSphere Standard.

VMware High Availability is the function in a cluster, if the host fails, all the VMs on that host are restarted on another host automatically.

(there is approx 1-2 minutes of downtime).

You can read more here.

VMware High Availability - Decrease Downtime and Reduce Risk


VMware High Availability (HA) Product Briefs

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