mantaroh
Contributor
Contributor

How do I transfer guest to another host on ESXi6.0 without vCenter Server.

Hi there.

We are planning to transfer the Linux guest VM to another ESXi6.0 host.

We have two ESXi6.0 hosts:

* Host A ( The Linux X is in this host machine).

* Host B

Note that: We don't have a VMWare vCenter Server. (So we can't use the VMotion.)

We want to move the Linux X VM to the Host B. However, I'm concern about the disk space of Host A.  The Linux X uses 3TB disk spaces. (This is a database) The available disk space of Host A is 40GB. So I think that we can't clone and the snapshot of this Linux X guest.

Is there the way to transfer guest VM to another host?

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GayathriS
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If the Linux VM is on same datastore which is accessible by both Host A and Host B .

You can try to un-register VM and re-register VM on another host.

Similar discussions are here :
Move a VMware VM from one host to another WITHOUT VMware vMotion

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regards

Gayathri

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HassanAlKak88
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Hello,

can you advise if there is a shared storage between the two Hosts ?


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mantaroh
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Thank you for your answer.

Unfortunately, We don't have a shared datastore, each host has independent datastore. i.e., The datastore A is Host A, the datastore B is Host B.

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IRIX201110141
Virtuoso
Virtuoso

Whats your Backup product? Something Veeam Backup&Replication can help here.

Otherwise

  • Install a new Linux VM on Host B and migrate the Database
  • Buy a Essentials Bundle for 450,- and you can migrate the VM (needs to be shutdown of course)

Copy a 3TB VM with the help of "scp" was not an option of me.

Regards

Joerg

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khaliqamar
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you can use vmware converter.

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HassanAlKak88
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Hello,

So I prefer to use the OVFtool, for more info check the following: Release Notes

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IRIX201110141
Virtuoso
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Hmm.... Converter with Linux

Exporting and Importing a 3TB VM with ofvtools?

Thats what i calling fun Smiley Happy

Regards,

Joerg

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Buddhika01
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Use Veeam for Backup and restoration. i believe that this will help to reduce the transfer time.

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continuum
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Immortal

Do you have a Linux VM that has ssh access to both hosts ?
If not - any recent Linux LiveCD can be used.
Read my reply to  Re: Migrating 98TB VM
This is the only procedure that I am aware off which has resume-capabilities if it dies along the way.
I highly recommend this approach for any large vmdk-files.
Ulli


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