I usual y blog about System Center Operations Manager 2007 r2 or 2012. This time I am not going to blog about System Center but about migrating vmware host from one Hardware Box to another Hardware Box.
For a customer of mine I needed to migrate his Virtual machines from one Hardware Box to Another Hardware Box. This customer was using vmware ESXi as hyper-visor with his storage directly in his server. Because the customer didn’t want to buy VMware Vsphere Enterprise just for the Storage V-Motion function. I thought Veeam Quick Migration would help and also a great option to test Veeam Backup and Recovery tool.
Before you start the migration download the Veeam Backup Free Edition for Vmware and Hyper-V from here. I did the installation of the software on my laptop and it’s a straight forward installation
I used the following steps to migrate the Virtual Machines:
- I shut-down the virtual Machines that needed to be migrated
- Start the Veeam backup free edition.
- Click "Add Server" and select "Vmware VSphere"
- On the "Name" page, enter the host name or IP-address of the Server and click "Next"
- On the "Credentials" page, enter the "User name" and "Password" and click "Next"
- On the "Summary" page, click "Finish"
- Repeat Step 3 to 6 for the other Server
- On the Server that you want to migrate "Right Click" and click "Quick Migration"
- On the "Virtual Machines" page, click "Next"
- On the "Destination" page, Select the "Host or Cluster" and the "Datastore and click "Next"
- On the "Transfer" page, click "Next"
- The Job Will start
- When the Job is completed you will need to start the Virtuals Machines. When you start the Virtual Machine, Vsphere will give the mention "msg.uuid.alterd: This virtual machine may have been moved OU copied". Choose "I Moved It".
I Think this tool is extremely useful and the best part the tool is completely free. More information on Veeam Backup and Recovery can be found here