Does vMotion require VMware tools?

You don’t need to have the VMWare Tools installed in order to leverage vMotion. However, it makes sense to have the VMWare tools installed in your Linux guests for other management and performance reasons.

What are the requirements for vMotion?

vMotion in an environment without shared storage is subject to the following requirements and limitations:

  • The hosts must be licensed for vMotion.
  • The hosts must be running ESXi 5.1 or later.
  • The hosts must meet the networking requirement for vMotion.
  • The virtual machines must be properly configured for vMotion.

What are the requirements to be able to use vMotion to migrate running virtual machines?

To migrate virtual machines with vMotion, the virtual machine must meet certain network, disk, CPU, USB, and other device requirements. The following virtual machine conditions and limitations apply when you use vMotion: The source and destination management network IP address families must match.

What are the two types of vMotion?

There are two types of vMotion, host and storage. Host vMotion is the live migration of the OS, and network transactions, from one hypervisor to another. Storage vMotion is the live migration of a running virtual machine’s file system from one storage system to another.

Can I do vMotion without vCenter?

Correct. VCenter provides a view across the ESXi estate and controls the flow of traffic between two hosts. It’s the tool that validates the networking and controls the access to the vm during the vmotion. Quite simply, vmotion is not an option without a functioning vcenter server.

Can you vMotion between Vcenters?

vMotion across vCenter server allows you to simultaneously change the Compute, Storage, Networks and management. This Fling allows users to easily migrate virtual machines in bulk from a graphical user interface between vCenter Servers using the Cross-vCenter vMotion feature.

Is vMotion safe?

Storage vMotion is a safe process; there’s no risk of downtime or data loss while it occurs. The target data store is checked for adequate free space before the copy is started; it fails if there is not enough available space.

How do I use VMware vMotion?

To perform a simple vMotion of a virtual machine on any given ESXi host, login to vCenter Server, right-click on a virtual machine and select Migrate. The migrate wizard will launch allowing you to select the type of migration to be performed.

Can I vMotion vCenter?

Migrations with vMotion are transparent to the running virtual machine. When you choose to change both the compute resource and the storage, you can use vMotion to migrate virtual machines across vCenter Server instances, data centers, and subnets.

How do I move a VM without vMotion?

Power down the guest VM you want to move. Once it’s powered off, right click on it and choose Migrate… Choose the option “Change both host and datastore”, hit Next. Select the other VM host you want to move the guest to, make sure it says “Validation succeeded” under the Compatibility section, and hit Next.

Can I do vMotion between two different clusters?

Yes, you can migrate VM’s between vSphere clusters (even between different versions) as long as below conditions are met: vSphere clusters must be managed by single vCenter server. vSphere clusters must be within single DataCenter object in vCenter server.

What do you need to know about VMware vMotion?

1 vMotion. Change the compute resource of a VM while it is online (Change compute resource only) 2 Storage vMotion. Change the location of the virtual machine’s disks while it is online (Change storage only). 3 Change both compute resource and storage . A vMotion mashup allowing you to change both the host and datastore at the same time.

What do you need to know about vMotion requirements?

Remember, this is a classic vMotion, so two important required components are shared storage and shared networking. We will talk more about vMotion requirements soon. How Does Storage vMotion Work? While vMotion focuses on the state of the virtual machine, Storage vMotion is all about, well, the storage.

How to tune vMotion for lower migration times?

A single vMotion stream has an average bandwidth utilization capability of 15 GbE. When we look at various NIC speeds, that lead to the following: That means that you would need six vMotion VMkernel interfaces on a single ESXi host to be able to use the available bandwidth, using a 100GbE NIC, efficiently.

Can a disk be encrypted with vMotion?

However, it is important to note that if a disk is not encrypted, Storage vMotion will not encrypt the disk during transfer. As you can see, vSphere 6.0 and vSphere 6.5 were big releases when it comes to VMware vMotion. Things can get a little confusing when we talk about vMotion requirements, since there are so many different flavors of vMotion.