Migrating a VM with Snapshots

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Will I lose snapshots or any configs by moving a VM to another datastore on the host?  It's running on Vmware ESXi 5.5.0
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Richardson PortoSenior Infrastructure Specialist
Top Expert 2016

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Starting with vSphere 5.0 you can do storage vMotion of virtual machine with snapshots, see: https://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/2011/09/storage-vmotion-storage-drs-virtual-machine-snapshots.html
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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No, if done correctly.

How are you moving it ?

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I wanted to power down the VM and move it, think it's called a "cold VM migration" via the VMware ESXi client"  We are running 5.5.0 esxi
Richardson PortoSenior Infrastructure Specialist
Top Expert 2016

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Assuming you are using vCenter, you can do this even with the virtual machine powered on, see: https://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1035550
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Yes, that will also work, but you do know, that keeping a VM running on snapshots, is not a good idea, and performance is reduced!

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