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How to Migrate VM from Datastore to Another Datastore?


This lab aims to guide you in migrating a VM from one datastore to another.


  • Access of vCenter through vSphere Web Client
  • Basic understanding of vCenter Inventory
  • Minimum Two ESXi Servers in the vCenter
  • Should know why we have to migrate between datastores
  • Knowledge of vSphere Storage vMotion

Pre-configured vMotion Network shared Storage between two hosts

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  1. Understand the need for migration
  2. Able to Configure vSphere Storage vMotion
  3. Migrate VM from one datastore to another datastore
  4. Verify the Migration and Review

Step-by-Step Lab Guide

  1. Open vCenter using vSphere Client. For our demonstration, we take Ubuntu Server from the sa-ESXi-01 host. Check that the current datastore of the Ubuntu Server is VMFS01-01.
  2. Verify that at least one shared datastore must be present between all hosts of your vCenter inventory. Here we have iSCSI-Datastore, which is shared Storage. Hence, we will migrate our Ubuntu Server from VMFS01-01 to iSCSI-Datastore.      Click on Storage, go to iSCSI-Datastore & Click on Hosts Tab. We can see here iSCSI-Datastore is shared between both sa-ESXi-01 and sa-ESXi-02 hosts.
  3. Right-Click on Ubuntu Server and click on – Migrate.
  4. Select migration type = Change storage only
  5. Select iSCSI-Datastore as target storage and Disk Provisioning type = Thin and Click on NEXT.
  6. Review all details and click on the FINISH button.
  7. Click Ubuntu Server and Go to Datastore under the Host and Cluster tab. You can see the datastore changes from VMFS01-01 to iSCSI-Datastore storage migration successfully.

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WRITTEN BY Rahulkumar Shrimali



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