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falk_
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Rename datastores live?

Hello,

I am thinking of renaming 2 datastores that is mounted to our esx 3.0.2.

From what I have read in the forum is rename not the same as relabel?

They are now named after a scheme like vmfs3_san1_disk1_fc_r5..

But the san1 should be renamed to eva00.

Is the best way to go.

1. Cold migrate all vm's to ...disk1..

2. Rename disk2 with "right click and rename on the datastore"

3. Cold migrate all vm't to ...disk2...

4. Rename disk1 with "right click and rename on the datastore"

5. Cold migrate the vm's as you want them.

Or do you have any better Idea?

Does the rename change the name on the datastore on /vmfs/volumes or is it just something that changes the name in VC?

Any ideas is really appreciated..

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Regards Falk

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khughes
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I'm pretty sure that the name that you see in VC is cosmetic, but when we did a rename we didn't have any VM's on that LUN at the time since we changed it after it loaded up. I can't tell you if you can do the rename with the VM's on there, but you would be playing it smart/safe if you moved them off before renaming it

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esiebert7625
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No need to move the VM's, it's a rather simple procedure to rename a datastore. VC use a friendly name for the datastore which is what you will be changing. The UUID of the datastore will not be changing so it will not effect the ESX host or the VM's. More on this here:

http://vmware-land.com/Vmware_Tips.html#ESX4

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falk_
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Hi,

I did an:

1. Cold migrate all vm's to ...disk1..

2. Rename disk2 with "right click and rename on the datastore"

3. Cold migrate all vm't to ...disk2...

4. Rename disk1 with "right click and rename on the datastore"

5. Cold migrate the vm's as you want them.

Just to be on the safe side.

And things runned smooth.

Thanks for the answers!

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Regards Falk

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