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  • 1.  Migrate vCenter to a new datastore Without vMotion

    Posted Mar 18, 2019 03:22 PM

    I have vSphere Essential Plus.

    I am running vCenter 6.5.

    What is the supported method for Migrating vCenter to a new datastore? (as I am not licenses for storage vMotion)

    *No issue with powering down vCenter if needed.



  • 2.  RE: Migrate vCenter to a new datastore Without vMotion
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  • 3.  RE: Migrate vCenter to a new datastore Without vMotion

    Posted Mar 19, 2019 12:57 PM
    • Power down vCenter
    • Connect to the host directly (as vCenter will be down :smileyhappy:)
    • Right click on the vCenter VM and choose to unregister or remove from inventory (do not delete the VM)
    • Navigate to the datastore the vCenter VM lives on, right click on the VM directory and choose "Move"
    • Select the new datastore
    • Once the transfer completes you can go into the directory and right click on .vmx file and select "Register VM" (or "Add to Inventory" - I can't remember exactly)


  • 4.  RE: Migrate vCenter to a new datastore Without vMotion

    Posted Mar 19, 2019 02:48 PM

    Assuming the vMotion network is configured in your environment, you can migrate any VM from one host to another, and even from one datastore to another.

    Select "Change both compute resource and storage" from the migration wizard. Unless I'm mistaken, this feature has been available in the web client (for Essentials Plus, or better) since version 5.5.

    André



  • 5.  RE: Migrate vCenter to a new datastore Without vMotion

    Posted Mar 20, 2019 08:09 PM

    I ended up using Veeam and Quick Migration.

    *I wish VMware would could allow Storage vMotion in regards to vCenter.  It didn't work perfect as I still had to un-register and register, but at least I didn't have to rebuild vCenter from scratch.  



  • 6.  RE: Migrate vCenter to a new datastore Without vMotion

    Posted Mar 20, 2019 08:11 PM

    You can vMotion to a new host without issue, however if you are changing datastores the VM must be powered off.  (and a big problem if vCenter is the one you need to migrate to a new datastore)



  • 7.  RE: Migrate vCenter to a new datastore Without vMotion

    Posted Mar 20, 2019 08:17 PM

    I've been doing this several times, and there's no need to power off a VM.

    Did you try it?

    André