VM Ware ESXI 5.5 Client naming

What is the proper way to change the name of a client and the name used in the datastore or do you need to change the name in the datastore when the hostname is changed.

We are backing up VM's and have noticed that when copying over some of the VM's that there was issues with the files that were copied.

As a result, i need to copy a VM to a server, that will be the same as a client that already exists. I dont want the same issue to come up again regarding files getting mixed up.

Please advise
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
I assume by client, you mean hostname.

the hostname and datastore names are completely independant, and you need to give them friendly names, and update your documentation.

so make sure if using local datastores, you give it a name which reflects the hostname.
KoolandrewAuthor Commented:
Does it have any effect on the files if they are renames.  Other than these general rules, is it OK to changes as needed? ?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
it has no effect.

Yes, you can make changes to the host, it does not affect the VMs.
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KoolandrewAuthor Commented:
Sorry I mean the names of the individual vms and the names of each of them in the datastore. I realize that they don't have to match exactly but I have experienced some issues when copying a VM from one host to another when it mixed the files and didnt copy it properly
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Okay, the name of the Guest VMs (as you call them clients) in the Inventory, does *NOT* change the VM Folder name or Guest File Names in the datastore.

It is best practice that these do match, other wise you will get confused as to which Guest VM is which.

Filenames on the datastore can be Manually changed, but it's time consuming see here


otherwise the easiest method is to use Storage vMotion, and move the VM files from one datastore to another, will rename all the files correctly with the Inventory name.

We would always recommend, making sure the VM Inventory Name is correctly specified when you first create the VM.

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KoolandrewAuthor Commented:
Hanccocka has been very helpful and I seem to have continous issues with a VM install. Please give him an A.
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