I have to move a few VMs from local storage on one ESX 3.5 Server to local storage on another. The customer I am working with has Vcenter but does not have Vmotion.
What would be the best way to perform the move.
Import to new ESX server via Converter?
I tried to do an import with the VM turned off and after 30 minutes the progress was only at 5% . This server only took 25 minutes for P2V, should cold import from VI3 VM to VI3 VM take longer than P2V? This is an all Gigabit LAN environment.
When I tried to do the move via Migrate, the progress hung at 25% and never finished.
Just a quick follow up with my results:
I used the import function because I needed to shrink one of the VMDKs during the process.
VMs were off, network is gigabit.
VM1 - Original VM had one 40GB and one 160GB VMDK associated with it.. 160GB was reduced to 100GB during the import.
Import duration was approx. 5 hours.
VM2 - Original VM had one 40GB and one 120GB VMDK.
Import duration was approx 10 hours.