To migrate linked-clone virtual machines from one set of datastores to another, use the rebalance operation.

When you use rebalance, View Composer manages the movement of the linked clones between datastores. View Composer ensures that the linked clones' access to the replica is maintained during and after the rebalance operation. If necessary, View Composer creates an instance of the replica on the destination datastore.


Do not use vSphere Client or vCenter Server to migrate or manage linked clone virtual machines. Do not use Storage vMotion to migrate linked-clone virtual machines to other datastores.

Familiarize yourself with the rebalance operation. See Rebalance Linked-Clone Desktops and Rebalancing Linked Clones Among Logical Drives.


In View Administrator, select the linked-clone pool you want to migrate and click Edit.


In the vCenter Settings tab, scroll down to Datastores and click Browse.


On the Select Linked Clone Datastores page, deselect the datastores that currently store the linked clones, select the destination datastores, and click OK.


In the Edit pool name window, click OK.


On the pool name page, click View Composer > Rebalance.


Follow the wizard instructions to rebalance the linked-clone desktops.

The linked-clone desktops are refreshed and migrated to the destination datastores.