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vSphere 5.1 – Enhanced vMotion

A new feature released in vSphere 5.1 is the ability to vMotion a virtual machine from one host to another, and at the same time migrate the VMs storage from one datastore to another.


Andy Fox | 25 September 2012

A new feature released in vSphere 5.1 is the ability to vMotion a virtual machine from one host to another, and at the same time migrate the VMs storage from one datastore to another.

This new feature is not available in the vSphere client, the newly updated Web Client must be used to access this option.

To demonstrate the feature, we have a Windows Server 2003 vm (2003-1), that is currently running on esx-1, and is located on a local datastore:

We access the enhanced vMotion option by right-clicking or accessing the Actions pull-down menu:

We select Migrate, and get the options to change host (vMotion), change datastore (Storage vMotion), and change both host and datastore (Enhanced vMotion):

After selecting to change both, as we are in a cluster, we select the destination host is in the cluster:

Now we select to other host to migrate to (esx-2):

Now we select the datastore to move to, I have selected the SharedVMs datastore:

Next we get the option to ensure that sufficient resources are available:

Finally we have a summary of the task:

And after a few moments, we see that the vm have moved over to the new host and datastore with no downtime:

As you can see it's a really nice enhancement to vMotion/Storage vMotion.


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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