vMotion Compatibility Testing Tool

1. I  intend to do vMotion VMs  in   few servers and would like to know if there are any "vMotion Compatibility Testing Tools" available before I actually do the migration in a live production environment.  I am using vSphere 5.5.

2. Should vMotion fail for any VM - are the logged in users affected in any way OR it goes back to the original Host?
Who is Participating?

[Product update] Infrastructure Analysis Tool is now available with Business Accounts.Learn More

I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
1. Before the vMotion is completed, vCenter Server validates if it will complete correctly. This is your vMotion compatibility testing tool, it's built into the procedure before the process is executed.

The technology is stable, and it's been in use for over 13 years!

2. If vMotion fails to move the VM from one host to a new host, the VM stays on the original host.

 the process either passes or fails, there is no in between state.

The OS is unaware it is being vMotioned!

So nothing happenes to users, or the OS, sometimes, you may find you lose a single ping, when moving between hosts, as networking traffic, moves to a different switch port.

try it and see!

when you vMotion for the first time it is truly amazing, and I understand you concerns, I remember my first time, but have faith we've all been now using the technology for 13 years, and it's no longer technology,

it just works! like a microwave or a light bulb!
cgeorgeisaacAuthor Commented:
Appreciate your precise and prompt response.  

However, here is  my situation. I  need to  show my Management that "vMotion" will work" and here are my compatibility testing results prior to the actual implementation of the migration - since it is a production environment and there are many VMs in each Server.

I found the following link.   Does this work for vSphere 5.5

Thank again.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Those links will not demonstrate to Management that "vMotion will work".

You need to go back to basics, and check if the Virtual Machine is compatible and supported by VMware vSphere 5.5 for Hosting it's supported by VMware for it's functions.

Again, the check is performed, when you select the VM, and select Migrate! (you do not have to complete the operation, you cancel, it will be validated before vMotion!)

Also that you have hosts which are on the HCL, and a SAN which is on the HCL.

and those include, VMware HA, vMotion, DRS, FT, Storage vMotion.

If you want an overall health assessment of your VMware vSphere infrastructure for management, I would also suggest running the following:-

VMware Health Advisor.

Why not demonstrate to Management the procedure on a single non-Production Sample VM.

Also please note vMotion is a manual process! (performed by an Admin!)

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
cgeorgeisaacAuthor Commented:
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.