The Storage vMotion allows you to change the storage location of a virtual machine’s files while keeping the VM powered on. VMs can be moved completely or disk by disk.
This guide explains how to perform this operation.
Moving a VM disk
To move a virtual machine’s files to another datastore, right-click on the virtual machine and select
Choosing a migration type
The menu offers several options for vMotion. In this example, the VM storage is to be migrated to another datastore. Therefore, select “Change storage only”.
The option “Change compute resource only” allows to migrate the VM to another host. It is explained in this guide.
Choosing a datastore
Choose which storage to migrate the data to.
You can also change the storage policy during this operation.
If you have several virtual disks on the same machine, you can also move only one disk of the VM by using the
Configure per disk button.
This will lead to the view below.
Finalizing the operation
FINISH to launch the migration task.
Tracking the vMotion task
In “Recent Tasks”, you can track the migration status. It takes more or less time depending on VM size, IO access and bandwidth used.