vMotion and UUID

Posted on 2016-08-28
Last Modified: 2016-09-02
If you upload VM file that came from another host your are prompted with the message did you copy or move it. I understand how the UUID is generated but why do I not get prompt with this message durning a vmotion or storage vmotion?
Question by:compdigit44
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by:Neil Russell
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Because the system knows what VM it is and nothing needs to change.  VMWare is control of that, not you.
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Ah.... so when you move the VM via vCenter it handles everything in the background but if your restore the VM using a third party tool or manually import it vCenter is not in control hence it ask you what to do...

When would you ever use "I copied over I moved" I can see little reason why you would select "I copied.
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by:Neil Russell
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You would use Copied if, for example, you wanted to manually clone a VM and set it up with a different, isolated network, for testing. As an example.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 250 total points
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You need TO READ my EE Article, to understand what to select, and understand WHY!

HOW TO: Select the right answer to "I Moved It" or "I Copied It" in VMware vSphere (ESXi)

and why it does not ask, when a vMotion or Storage vMotion, is because it's in the Inventory and the SQL DB!
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Thank you both of the clarification but just to be clear this messages are presented when you manually move files and not with doing a vMotion because vCenter is aware the VM is being moved and updates things accordingly correct?
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Correct, or when you do upgrades it can appear.

or manually remove and re-add to inventory.

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