How to move a VMware VM from one datastore to another WITHOUT VMware Storage vMotion
Not every infrastructure requires multiple hosts to sustain your production environment, let alone enterprise licenses with features you don’t really need. That is where VMware Essentials Kit license steps in, providing cover for all of your basic needs and saving you quite a few bucks. But even the simplest setups may have to be reconfigured or adjusted further down the line. And, as the title says, you are now set with the task of moving a VM from one datastore to another.
The bad news is, since VMware Essentials Kit doesn’t include the handy features like vMotion and Storage vMotion, you have to move everything manually. The good news is, there is a way to substantially simplify this task with the help of Veeam! And, what’s even better, you won’t have to pay another penny for that.
In our previous post, we unveiled how you can move your VM from one ESXi host to another by using Quick Migration feature of Veeam Backup Free Edition. Quick Migration comes in every edition of Veeam Backup & Replication and is essentially a one-time replication that allows you to easily move live VMs from one VMware host to another or to move VMs between existing datastores on the same ESXi host without any downtime.
A few things to know before proceeding:
- Quick Migration is available only for VMware environments
- At least a minimum paid license of VMware ESXi is required for proper operation of Veeam Backup Free Edition due to API restrictions of free ESXi
Read the entire article here, How to move a VMware VM from one datastore to another WITHOUT VMware Storage vMotion
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