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vSphere 5.x Storage vMotion does not rename virtual machine files on completing migration

Since vSphere 5.0 was released, a feature previously available was found to not work anymore. Essentially, after a successful storage vMotion migration a renamed virtual machines’ files were no longer renamed to match. This feature has been restored in vSphere 5.0 update 2, however must be enabled.


Andy Fox | 1 February 2013

Since vSphere 5.0 was released, a feature previously available was found to not work anymore. Essentially, after a successful storage vMotion migration a renamed virtual machines’ files were no longer renamed to match. This feature has been restored in vSphere 5.0 update 2, however must be enabled.

Having upgraded to vSphere 5.0 update 2, the option provisioning.relocate.enableRename must be set in the advanced vCenter Server settings.

Using the vSphere Client, navigate to the Home Page, and select vCenter Server Settings (under Administration), then select Advanced Settings from the left. The parameter needs to be added with the value true as below:

Vcenteradvsettings

The vCenter Service (or vCenter Server) will now need to be restarted. Afterwards Storage vMotion should now rename the files when the virtual machine has been renamed.

This currently is not available for vSphere 5.1, but will be included in a future update.

Andy-Fox

Andy Fox

Senior Learning Consultant

Andy has been a Consultant Instructor with QA for 10 years, and has 16 years IT Training experience. In his 25+ years in the IT industry he has gained experience working with Novell products and Microsoft from MS-DOS onwards. Since joining QA, his focus moved towards SuSE Linux where he gained CLP and CLE status. Over the past 4 years he has been engaged in the delivery of VMware vSphere training and has gained VCP, VCI and VCAP-DCA status.
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