Veeam Quick Migration


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:

  1. I shut-down the virtual Machines that needed to be migrated
  2. Start the Veeam backup free edition.


  3. Click "Add Server" and select "Vmware VSphere"


  4. On the "Name" page, enter the host name or IP-address of the Server and click "Next"


  5. On the "Credentials" page, enter the "User name" and "Password" and click "Next"


  6. On the "Summary" page, click "Finish"


  7. Repeat Step 3 to 6 for the other Server
  8. On the Server that you want to migrate "Right Click" and click "Quick Migration"


  9. On the "Virtual Machines" page, click "Next"


  10. On the "Destination" page, Select the "Host or Cluster" and the "Datastore and click "Next"


  11. On the "Transfer" page, click "Next"


  12. The Job Will start


  13. 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

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