Luis_F
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Storage Vmotion: Are VMWare Tools a requirement?

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Hi group.

Official svomtion requirements:

  • Virtual machines with snapshots cannot be migrated

  • Virtual machine disks must be in persistent mode or be RDM’s

  • The host on which the virtual machine is running must have sufficient resources to support two instances of the virtual machine running concurrently for a brief time.

  • Only one migration can occur per datastore at any one time

  • The host on which the virtual machine is running must have access to both the source and target datastores.

  • VMotion must be setup and licenced the host

  • You can’t move a VM with NPIV enabled

  • You can’t VMotion whilst performing a Storage VMotion

  • If you have a VM with more than one VMDK stored on different VMFS volumes – and you move it without using the “—disks” option – it will take all the VMDKs and put them in a single VMFS volume

But what about VMware Tools? I have not found any document with any information regarding svmotion and Vmware Tools. Must VMware Tools up to day in order to use svmotion? Cab Tools be out of date, not installed or not running?

Thanks!

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Texiwill
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Hello,

No VMware Tools is not required for vMotion or SVMotion.


Best regards,

Edward L. Haletky

VMware Communities User Moderator

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Author of the book 'VMWare ESX Server in the Enterprise: Planning and Securing Virtualization Servers', Copyright 2008 Pearson Education.

CIO Virtualization Blog: http://www.cio.com/blog/index/topic/168354

As well as the Virtualization Wiki at http://www.astroarch.com/wiki/index.php/Virtualization

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vExpert XIV: 2009-2022,
VMTN Community Moderator
vSphere Upgrade Saga: https://www.astroarch.com/blogs
GitHub Repo: https://github.com/Texiwill

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weinstein5
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I would say no since vmware tools is not required for vmotion -

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Texiwill
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Hello,

No VMware Tools is not required for vMotion or SVMotion.


Best regards,

Edward L. Haletky

VMware Communities User Moderator

====

Author of the book 'VMWare ESX Server in the Enterprise: Planning and Securing Virtualization Servers', Copyright 2008 Pearson Education.

CIO Virtualization Blog: http://www.cio.com/blog/index/topic/168354

As well as the Virtualization Wiki at http://www.astroarch.com/wiki/index.php/Virtualization

--
Edward L. Haletky
vExpert XIV: 2009-2022,
VMTN Community Moderator
vSphere Upgrade Saga: https://www.astroarch.com/blogs
GitHub Repo: https://github.com/Texiwill
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malaysiavm
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You will not need the vmtools to be in place for the storage Vmotion.

Malaysia VMware Communities -

Craig vExpert 2009 & 2010 Netapp NCIE, NCDA 8.0.1 Malaysia VMware Communities - http://www.malaysiavm.com