Migrating VMWare VCSA between datastores......


First, we have only the Essentials Plus license, so vMotion is not an option...
Also we migrate from a VMFS 5 datastore to a VMFS 6 datastore.  I thought that would no be a problem since the VM is switched off and dead during the migration...

We have followed VMWare's suggestions when migrating VCSA between datastore without using vMotion:
Close all connected clients
Shut off VCSA
Unregister VCSA
Migrate its folder to the new datastore
Register it
Answering 'Moved it' when powering up at the net location.

When we power it up at the new location it reports Not able to open any disks...   In VM settings all disks appears as having zero bytes capacity,   However in the the target datastore all files (also .vmdk disk files) have the same size as their original (source folder) counterparts.

Any clues why we have problems migrating our VCSA?  

Thanks for comments on this.
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Dariusz TykaICT Infrastructure Specialist Senior Commented:
Hi datator,

How was it migrated to new datastore? If it was simply copied then in VMX file VM disks still are pointed to old datastore.
What you need to do is to export this VCSA to OFV template and then reimport it and place on new datastore. Alternatively you can edit VMX file and change paths to proper ones.
datatorAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the reply.

We used datastore browser to copy the VCSA files to the new datastore.  By answering 'We migrated'  when powering VCSA up at the new location it seems that the .VMX file's volum names were updated to the new datstore's volume name.

So what is the procedure to export the VCSA to OVF template  ?  I suspect that we need to fire up the original then, luckily we just copied it so the source folder should still be operational...

Thanks for comments :-)
Dariusz TykaICT Infrastructure Specialist Senior Commented:
You do not need to start the VCSA. Simply connect to your ESXi host select your VCSA VM and then you'll have an option (File-->Export-->Export OVF template) to export it to OVF. Export it to local storage and then reimport and point to new datastore.
What you can also try on new not working VCSA is to remove disks from VM properties and readd it afterwards. Pls remember to keep the same iSCSI IDs when adding them back.

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Dariusz TykaICT Infrastructure Specialist Senior Commented:
Hi datator,

do you require any further help or were you able to successfully migrate VCSA?
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