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


Select a virtual machine.

In the virtual machines and templates inventory tree, select a group of virtual machines and select a virtual machine from the list on the right.

Search for a virtual machine and select it from the search results list.


Right-click the virtual machine and select Inventory > Migrate.


Select Change host and click Next.


Select the destination resource pool for the virtual machine migration 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 the migration priority level and click Next.



Reserve CPU for optimal VMotion performance

vCenter Server attempts to reserve resources on both the source and destination hosts to be shared among all concurrent migrations with vMotion. vCenter Server grants a larger share of host CPU resources. if sufficient CPU resources are not immediately available, vMotion is not initiated.

Perform with available CPU resources

vCenter Server reserves resources on both the source and destination hosts to be shared among all concurrent migration with vMotion. vCenter Server grants a smaller share of host CPU resources. If there is a lack of CPU resources, the duration of vMotion can be extended.


Review the page and click Finish.