Move VM to new datastore while ON

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I have one esx 6 host, and I just added a new SSD datastore, how can I move a VM to this new datastore without powering it off?
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Normally you would use Storage vMotion, a VMware function which exists with vCenter Server, and it's a licensed function you need to be licensed for.

The feature you are looking for, to move a virtual machine between datastores e.g. move virtual disks, and keep the virtual machine powered up via the transfer......

IT'S IMPOSSIBLE!

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I do have veeam 9.5, I can try quick migration.
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That will do it, but with a "small outage" e.g. off...

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