Move VM from one VMWare vCenter to another vCenter - no network connetivity

Hi VMware experts,

I have two completely separate networks running vCenter A in one network & vCenter B in another network, totally isolated and cannot access from one to another. What would be the best way to export or move this one vm from vCenter A to vCenter B.

Can I just transfer/copy the vmdk and vmx files to a USB and bring it to vCenter B, register to inventory and power on or there is more to it?

Thanks ,
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Export and Import ?

Can I just transfer/copy the vmdk and vmx files to a USB and bring it to vCenter B, register to inventory and power on or there is more to it?

You can but there is a much better, supported method.

see my EE Article with step by step instructions and screenshots

Part 10: HOW TO: Backup (Export) and Restore (Import) virtual machines to VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 for FREE
ncomperCommented:
Drop the Base VM in a shared location that both Hosts can see (if possible).

Power the machine off on vCentre A and remove from inventory (make sure you do not delete)
In vCentre B brows to the base file shared location, right click the server and import.
Power up VM and confirm any network settings that may need to be amended

The Shared location can be a small NAS with ISCSI connector that will allow you to pull it direct into vCentre as a data-store
Qlemo"Batchelor", Developer and EE Topic AdvisorCommented:
If you have direct access to the files - yes. If not, you can upload them to a client via vSphere Client, e.g. to USB, then go the opposite way to download.
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ncomperCommented:
Or Just follow Andrews well crafted Document. ;)
DeoraliAuthor Commented:
Thanks @Andrew, Qlemo, ncomper for your quick response.
@ncomper - no shared storage as both vCenters are completely isolated.

Do I just need to copy these two files .vmdk and .vmx or all the files under the vm folder ?
Qlemo"Batchelor", Developer and EE Topic AdvisorCommented:
All. There might be snapshots and other infos, and there are certainly more than this two files.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Do I just need to copy these two files .vmdk and .vmx or all the files under the vm folder ?

Yes, but this is not really a supported method!

Export and Import, as per my EE Article. You''ll get a nice package, which you can import at the destination, rather than a handful of unchecked files!

if there are snapshots, do NOT attempt to move it!

see my EE Article to check for snapshots

HOW TO: VMware Snapshots :- Be Patient

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DeoraliAuthor Commented:
Thanks Andrew
ncomperCommented:
Andrew is correct, trying to copy the files is not the safest way (this files can be very large and could corrupt on you!. I would review the article Andrew first posted and follow. If you get stuck post back with your questions.
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