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SVMotion moving the VMs file whilst the VM is powered

SVMotion moving the VMs file whilst the VM is powered is available.

Ah, following on from that previous blog post – last week I learned that SVMotion in vSphere4 does NOT need VMotion to be configured first! That’s right, you can do SVMotion with having a VMotion switch enabled. In the screen grab below – you can see that I haven’t got VMotion enabled – its dimmed in the dialog box – whilst trying to move a VM. You cannot move a VMs files and move its ESX host location at the same time – because the VM is powered on (do this need you would need to do a cold migration). BUT, SVMotion moving the VMs file whilst the VM is powered is available. There isn’t a terrific benefit to knowing this little tidbit – accept it demonstrates that SVMotion is core feature of vSphere4 with no direct dependencies to the VMotion part of the product. So if SVMotion is built-in and for free – I wonder how long VMotion will be as well (hee-hee-hee)

This was last published in July 2009

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