Migrating VM to another Host

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I have a server that I want to take out of commission.  I have 3 VM's I want to keep on the same storage, which is shared but I want to move those two hosts to another server.  I tried to migrate it however, even with vmotion enabled it will not migrate because it doesn't see the other hosts.  Is there any other way to move these boxes without  have to shut them and deploy OVF?
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If both hosts see the same storage, and you can browse to see the VMs, why not just shut them down on the old host, and remove them from inventory, then just add them to inventory on the new host and power them on.  Downtime should be minimal.
Hani M .S. Al-habshiContributor as IT Expert

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Use Veem Backup & Replication by Quick Migration

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I can't grab them because the datastore is local.  I just realized that!  UGH.
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Either Veem or Export OVF.  Not sure which way I'll go.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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neither use VMware Converter!

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I shall investigate that.  I've never heard of this... Thank you. Stand alone?
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it's full title is called VMware vCenter Converter Standalone....VMware Converter! for short!

Read my EE Article here

https://www.experts-exchange.com/articles/33851/HOW-TO-P2V-V2V-for-FREE-VMware-vCenter-Converter-Standalone-6-2-0-1.html
Mr Tortu(r)eSystem Engineer

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Hi,

if you have vcenter managing source and target ESX hosts, you could also use vmotion after shutting down VM
Shut down VM / migrate to new host / start VM / done

If you have no vcenter but you have Veeam, Veeam will be the 2nd best option

If not, VMware converter

And lastly Export / Import OVF will be the slower, because you make the transfer twice
Vmotion should work if you shutdown the host first

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