I saw an interesting question this week about auditing vMotion events and the number of times a VM has migrated to a particular ESX(i) host for license compliance. You can view this information using the Task/Events in your vCenter Server but you can also extract out the various types of events using the EventManager in the vSphere API. You will be able to go as far back in time as your vCenter Server's database retention policy allows you to. We will be searching for the VmMigratedEvent Event which will include variety of information including the source and destination host for the VM. The destination host will only be populated upon a successful vMotion.

Of course I had to write a script to help automate this, so here is a vSphere SDK for Perl script called getNumberOfvMotions.pl that accepts the name of an existing VM and will return the number of vMotions that has been performed on the VM as well as the list of destination hosts and the number of times it has migrated to those hosts. You will need a system that has the vCLI installed or you can you use vMA.

Note:  If you want to look at past vMotion for a VM that no longer exists, this is still possible, but you will need to parse the "message" within the Event as you can no longer look up that VM object in vCenter.

Here is an example of the script running:

You can easily modify the script to audit all VM's in your environment or just use a simple "for" loop to go through a set of VM's you are interested in, but I will leave that as an exercise for you.

3 thoughts on “Auditing vMotion Migrations

  1. Hi, thanks for the awesome script. is there any way of populating the dates that the VM vMotioned?
    I have some application support people who are convinced that the vMotions are causing transactions to mysteriously disappear. So if i have the dates and time that the VM moved then I can use it to troubleshoot and see if there was a vMotion at the time that these transactions disappeared.

    Cheers Brett

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