akutz
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Introducing the VI 2.5 Client Plugin - SVMotion

SVMotion is a VI 2.5 client plugin (the FIRST released, third-party plugin in fact) that extends the client's functionality by providing an integrated, graphical tool that can be used to invoke storage VMotion (SVMotion) operations. This plugin is not supported by VMware. In fact, the plugin is not anywhere close to supported by VMware because it is the result of a two-week dive into the inner-workings of the VI client libraries with popular reflection tools (reverse-engineering). l o s t c r e a t i o n s is working on a white paper that describes how to build VI plugins.

Read more about SVMotion and download it here http://www.lostcreations.com/code/wiki/vmware/viplugins/svmotion.

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akutz
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0.4.3 and 0.4.4 have been released. New GUI bug fixes and features include:

- (0.4.3) - The tree view will now scroll automatically if its contents are larger than the view's height.

- (0.4.4) - Sort by datastore name, size, and show or hide local datastores.

Get 0.4.4 at http://www.lostcreations.com/code/wiki/vmware/viplugins/svmotion

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racerzer0
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Wow! Thanks for putting this together. I'm so close to getting it to work.. however I keep running into this error "Virtual disk 'Hard Disk1' is not accessible on the host: Unable to access the file.

Any ideas?

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racerzer0
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I figured it out... even though I havent seen it in any of the doco... with Svmotion you can only migrate VM within the same SAN storage group? I was able to get it to work this way.

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dlm1975
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Yes. The ESX host needs to be able to mount both the source and the target datastore for a successful SVMotion.

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akutz
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I'll add that to the validation checks I do. I knew it was required,

but the error you get is harmless. I'm adding a validation viewer in

the next version anyway.

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LucD
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First, great software.

I just upgraded to v0.4.4.

Strange observation, with some guest the option "Migrate storage..." is grayed out.

With others the option is available and works.

All ESX hosts in the data center can see all data stores.

Could this have anything to do with the settings of the guests ?


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akutz
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That VM has a thin provisioned flag.

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"condensing fact from the vapor of nuance"

gpg pubkey: http://www.lostcreations.com/~akutz/akutz.gpg

lostcreations ca: http://www.lostcreations.com/lostcreations.com-ca.crt

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LucD
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OK thanks.

Will patch ESX350-200802403-BG fix the problem ?

Or do I also have to perform the steps described in KB1003874 ?


Blog: lucd.info  Twitter: @LucD22  Co-author PowerCLI Reference

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LucD
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Patch ESX350-200802403-BG alone apparently is not enough.

I'll try the procedure from KB1003874 tomorrow.


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pp1
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Installed the plu-in and works,,almost.

On some vm:s i get two types of error messages :

The virtual disk is either corrupted or not a supported format

A general system error occured: failed to copy disk(s) (vim.fault.InvalidDiskFormat)

Any ideas ?

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racerzer0
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Akutz... will you be updating your plugin to be able to SVmotion thin provisioned disks now that VMware has released a patch for that issue?

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jrr001
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What is up with lostcreations svmotion plugin. Can't see to get to the download location anymore.

Has it been pulled?

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akutz
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akutz
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racerzer0: Yes I will. I am working on a new version as we speak. Tonight though I am going to see Bon Jovi in Dallas...

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beerorkid
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As far as I am concerned this is the holy grail for us.

I am simply shocked at how easy it was to install and use. Works flawlessly so far.

Long story short, you saved us months worth of headaches.

Thanks so very much.

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akutz
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Thanks!

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-a

"condensing fact from the vapor of nuance"

gpg pubkey: http://www.lostcreations.com/~akutz/akutz.gpg

lostcreations ca: http://www.lostcreations.com/lostcreations.com-ca.crt

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astrolab
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I don't mean to sound dense, but what's the installation procedure exactly? The direct link works, but does not include a readme.

Thanks.

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rott
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beerorkid
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astrolab,

Strange it seems the site is undergoing some maintence, but if you have the svmotionClientSetup-04.4 file install it on the machine that your client resides on. There is nothing that needs to be loaded up to the host or VC server.

After you run the install open up your client and you will see plugins on the top menu. Open it up and go to the second tab and check the enable. Should be good to go from there.

You must be up to VC 2.5 for it to work from what I have found out.

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astrolab
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Thanks for the quick response. I actually thought that was all I needed but it's not showing as available plugin yet, so I wondered. I'll try again.

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