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.
Love the tool, but just found a bug. When you migrate a Raw Disk, it thinks the size of the VM is all of the disk sizes combined, not just the VMDK files. I am attempting to migrate a VM that has one 36 GB VMDK file and a Raw Device that is 480 GB in size. Since I don't have any Datastores that large, your plug-in sn't allowing me to move it. Is there any way to disable the verification piece?
All of them are in Phyiscal Compatability Mode. I was able to work around this issue by removing the RDM, migrating the vm storage, and then reattaching the RDM with the exact same settings (SCSI Id, HD number, etc.). Unforunately this forced me to offline the VM for the duration of this move. After messing with this, it seems that this is a limitation with ESX 3.5 and how it handles RDM, and not the SVMotion tool.
If you go to the about page on his blog you can grab the latest version. I went and got that but for some reason it is listed as installed but not available. I got an error the first time I ran VIC after install but it never came back. Very odd. Maybe I will uninstall the VIC and then reinstall everything.
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Does anyone have a copy of this plugin? I can't get any link to work and have about 40 VM's to move in a pretty urgent way. I can't seem to get the other GUI that is out there to work. If so, can you zip and email to firstname.lastname@example.org? For now, I'm plodding along with the command line....
I just confirmed that http://akutz.googlecode.com/files/SVMotionClientSetup-0.4.4.msi
does work. This is what is linked from my blog. You probably have an
old link. The new website is http://akutz.wordpress.com.
"condensing fact from the vapor of nuance"
Can you tell me what I'm doing wrong...I right click on my vm, select migrate storage, get a list of luns, select the new lun and click apply. I then get a popup that says "no changes detected'