How to configure vMotion using vCenter Server 6
In this post, we’ll learn the steps to configure vMotion using vCenter Server 6. VMotion is required to hot migrate (powered on) Virtual Machine from one ESXi Host to another. Vmotion is the best feature that Organizations are using during planned maintenance. In the old post, we have learned the steps to configure vCenter Server and storage vMotion.
Pre-requisites to configure vMotion
1. Shared storage must be connected to all the VMWare ESXi hosts.
2. All the Virtual Machines are hosted on Shared Storage.
3. Virtual Machine should not be using direct resources of Host e.g. CD ROM, NIC Card, etc.
4. Enable vMotion on all the Hosts.
Steps to configure vMotion using vCenter Server 6
Select the ESXi host on which you want to enable vMotion.
Select configuration tab.
Click on the properties of vSwitch0.
On the vSwitch0 properties, we can see that vMotion is disabled.
Select the Management Network Port-group
Click on Edit.
On the Management Network properties, on the general tab enable vMotion.
Click on Ok to close the Management Network properties and then click on close to close the vSwitch0 properties.
Follow the same steps on all the VMWare ESXi hosts.
Migrate Virtual Machine from one VMWare ESXi Server to another Server
Select the Virtual Machine that you want to migrate.
Click on the Summary tab.
In this practical, we can see that this Virtual Machine is hosted on ESX01 server and using Shared Storage i.e. VOL1.
It is must to host Virtual Machine on shared storage before we start the migration step.
Right click the VM which you want to migrate from one ESXi host to another ESXi host and click on Migrate.
Select the option of “Change Host”.
Select the destination server to which you want to migrate this VM.
For this practical, we’ll migrate this VM to ESX02.
Message “Validate Succeeded” under compatibility confirms that this VM can be migrated to ESX02.
Click on next to continue.
Select the vMotion priority.
High priority vMotions are favoured over standard priority and are expected to perform better.
For this practical, we’ll select high priority.
Verify all the options and click on Finish to migrate Virtual Machine to another ESXi Server.
As we can see that our VM is successfully migrated to ESX02.
Hope you understood the step. Feel free to leave your comments and suggestions.