Migration of virtual DC 2012r2 to different Host

Dear Experts,

we want to Migrate our two virtual DC 2012r2 from one Esxi host  to another Esxi host . i have just entered  in Virtualization administrator  field.  can any one guide me what are steps to follow.

thanking you in advance
Mohammed SIIOperation ExpertsAsked:
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
What licensing do you have for VMware vSphere?

Are these two standalone ESXi servers, with a SAN and vCenter Server ?

do you have a SAN ?

You could use a Migration, vMotion if you are licensed, or Share Nothing Migration?

if neither of the above, do the following power off one DC only, and then Export and Import.

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Mohammed SIIOperation ExpertsAuthor Commented:

yes Esxi are on SAN and we have Vcenter Server also

 if we Used Vmotion for migration what precautions should we take before migration and how.


Can we export and import Domain Controller without any issues. i have heard that Export and import to OVF/OVA template, will face issues after restore as it is DC server. i am not sure.

thanking in advance
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
If you have a SAN, and vCenter Server, and you have a license for vMotion, there are no precautions, just right click and Migrate.

vMotion is designed, very stable to migrate live VMs.

Make sure that networking on both hosts is setup identically.....but there are pre verification checks performed by vCenter Server before you vMotion, call them pre-flight checks, or pre vMotion checks.
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