Use migration with Storage vMotion to relocate a virtual machine’s configuration file and virtual disks while the virtual machine is powered on.

You cannot change the virtual machine’s execution host during a migration with Storage vMotion.

1

Select the virtual machine that you want to migrate in the inventory.

2

Right-click on the virtual machine and select Migrate from the pop-up menu.

3

Select Change datastore and click Next.

4

Select a disk format.

Option

Description

Same as Source

Use the format of the original virtual disk.

Thin provisioned

Use the thin format to save storage space. The thin virtual disk uses just as much storage space as it needs for its initial operations. When the virtual disk requires more space, it can expand up to its maximum allocated capacity.

Thick

Allocate a fixed amount of hard disk space to the virtual disk. The virtual disk in the thick format does not change its size and from the beginning occupies the entire datastore space provisioned to it.

5

Select the datastore location where you want to store the virtual machine files.

Option

Action

Store all virtual machine files in the same location on a datastore.

a

Apply a virtual machine storage policy for the virtual machine home files and the virtual disks from the VM storage policy drop-down menu.

The list shows which datastores are compatible and which are incompatible with the selected virtual machine storage policy.

b

Select a datastore and click Next.

Store all virtual machine files in the same datastore cluster.

a

Apply a virtual machine storage policy for the virtual machine home files and the virtual disks from the VM storage policy drop-down menu.

The list shows which datastores are compatible and which are incompatible with the selected virtual machine storage policy.

b

Select a datastore and click Next.

Store virtual machine configuration files and disk in separate locations.

a

Click Advanced.

b

For the virtual machine configuration file and for each virtual disk, click Browse and select a datastore or datastore cluster.

c

Click Next.

6

Review the page and click Finish.