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 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.

2

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

3

Select Change datastore and click Next.

4

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.

Select a datastore and click Next.

Store all virtual machine files in the same Storage DRS cluster.

a

Select a Storage DRS cluster.

b

(Optional) If you do not want to use Storage DRS with this virtual machine, select Disable Storage DRS for this virtual machine and select a datastore within the Storage DRS cluster.

c

Click Next.

Store virtual machine configuration files and disks in separate locations.

a

Click Advanced.

b

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

c

(Optional) If you selected a Storage DRS cluster and do not want to use Storage DRS with this virtual machine, select Disable Storage DRS for this virtual machine and select a datastore within the Storage DRS cluster.

d

Click Next.

5

Review the page and click Finish.