Migrate a VM from one host to another using free version of vSphere?

Hello,

Is it possible to migrate a VM from one ESXI host to another without vCenter using the free version of vSphere?

I want to migrate a few VMs including a secondary Domain Controller to another host.  I know live migrate is out, but I thought regular powered off migration would still be possible.  Looks like it's not however.  Can someone confirm?

What are the alternatives?  I was thinking of copying the VM data-files off to an NFS NAS backed datastore and then copy them over to the new target host data store and import the vm from the VMX file to the new host?  What I am concerned about is how if at all, doing this will effect the DC VM?

Thanks
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R@f@r P@NC3RVirtualization SpecialistCommented:
To perform a vmotion, you require an active vmware license, an additional cluster to do the migration between the ESXi.

You also have the option to export the VM to an OVA template and then you can import it into the other vcenter. I recommend converting it into an OVA or OVF template and then taking it to your other Vcenter.

The domain controller is the last vm that you should touch, once you are going to export it to OVA, turn off the VM and generate the OVA.

Do you have backups of those servers?

I remain attentive to your comments.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Is it possible to migrate a VM from one ESXI host to another without vCenter using the free version of vSphere?

NO.

I want to migrate a few VMs including a secondary Domain Controller to another host.  I know live migrate is out, but I thought regular powered off migration would still be possible.  Looks like it's not however.  Can someone confirm?

Cold Migration, yes....many ways to do this....


HOW TO: "Live Migrate" VMware Virtual Machines between ESX/ESXi hosts and/or datastores for FREE without licenses for vMotion or Storage vMotion

Part 10: HOW TO: Backup (Export) and Restore (Import) virtual machines to VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 for FREE

HOW TO:  P2V, V2V for FREE - VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 6.1

So there you have it 3 methods to do what you want to do, step by step articles - tutorial with screenshots...

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CnicNVAuthor Commented:
Ok great and thank you for the feed back.  Before I close this off.  One additional and tangentially related question.  

Would the VMware Essentials license cover at least cold migration and clone?  I know it does not cover live migration and HA, but it looks like for 600$ or so, I can get the hosts I need covered for at least basic VM functionality and vCenter.  Does it also cover API exposure for free Veem tools?

Thanks again.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Would the VMware Essentials license cover at least cold migration and clone?  I know it does not cover live migration and HA, but it looks like for 600$ or so, I can get the hosts I need covered for at least basic VM functionality and vCenter.  Does it also cover API exposure for free Veem tools?

Yes to all.
CnicNVAuthor Commented:
Thanks for all of your help and feedback :-)
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