You can use the Migration wizard to migrate a powered-on virtual machine from one host to another using VMotion technology. To relocate the disks of a powered-on virtual machine, migrate the virtual machine using Storage VMotion.

Before migrating a virtual machine with VMotion, ensure that your hosts and virtual machines meet the requirements for migration with VMotion.

Host Configuration for VMotion

Virtual Machine Configuration Requirements for VMotion


Display the virtual machine you want to migrate in the inventory.


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


Select Change host and click Next.


Select a destination host or cluster for the virtual machine.

Any compatibility problem appears in the Compatibility panel. Fix the problem, or select another host or cluster.

Possible targets include hosts and fully automated DRS clusters. You can select a non-automated cluster as a target. You are prompted to select a host within the non-automated cluster.


Select a resource pool and click Next.


Select the migration priority level and click Next.



High Priority

vCenter Server reserves resources on both the source and destination hosts to maintain virtual machine availability during the migration. High priority migrations do not proceed if resources are unavailable.

Low Priority

vCenter Server does not reserve resources on the source and destination hosts to maintain availability during the migration. Low priority migrations always proceed. However, the virtual machine might become briefly unavailable if host resources are unavailable during the migration.


Review the page and click Finish.

A task is created that begins the virtual machine migration process.