Thursday, 14 February 2008

VMware Storage VMotion from the VI Client GUI

You might have heard that VMware were bringing out the ability to migrate ESX VMs between storage areas (e.g. to different SAN LUNs or local disks) whilst running. Good news is that it part of ESX 3.5: http://www.vmware.com/products/vi/storage_vmotion_overview.html

Bad news is that is that Vmware haven't integrated the functionallity into their Virtual Infrastructure Client, however a clever person at LostCreations has created a plugin: http://www.lostcreations.com/code/wiki/vmware/viplugins/svmotion

To use this fantasic tool, you'll need servers running ESX 3.5 and to install the LostCreations SVMotion plugin for Virtual Infrastructure Client following the installation instructions on: http://www.lostcreations.com/code/wiki/vmware/viplugins/svmotion

(you don't need to install the VMware Remote CLI which is required for "manual" storage vmotion)

Have tested and works a treat with no interruption to the VM during migration.

2 comments:

akutz said...

Hi! Thanks for posting about my plugin. One slight correction. My plugin is pure code, it does not require the use of any remote cli. Thanks!

Solarfusion said...

Thanks for the update. Wasn't sure about that bit.