Uniquely identifying VMs in vSphere Part 3: Enhanced Linked Mode & Cross VC-vMotion

Back in 2012, I had published two articles which provides details and guidance on how to uniquely identify a Virtual Machine for both a vSphere and/or vCloud Director environment. The primary use case for this information was for customers or partners who have developed their own provisioning solution which requires them to track their VM assets throughout their lifecycle, […]

Cross vCenter Server operations (clone / migrate) between versions of vSphere 6.x

When cross vCenter Server operations such as clone and migrate was first introduced in vSphere 6.0, it required that both the source and destination vCenter Server (includes ESXi hosts) to be running the same vSphere version. With the release of vSphere 6.5, this base requirement still holds true (e.g. vSphere 6.5 for both source and destination), especially when performing […]

Quick Tip - vSphere 6.0 Update 3 resolves "Compute" only Cross-vCenter vMotion operation

Previously when a “Compute” only Cross-vCenter vMotion (xVC-vMotion) was initiated, which only migrates the VMs compute from one vCenter Server to another while maintaining its current storage configuration, an insufficient space error may be thrown under certain conditions. This behavior was due to the way vCenter Server used to calculate the available space on the destination vCenter Server. Prior to vSphere […]

How to easily disable vMotion & Cross vCenter vMotion for a particular Virtual Machine?

The question of disabling vMotion for a specific set of Virtual Machine(s) is not a new one. In fact, this topic comes up on some what of a frequent basis and usually driven by arcane change management processes or worse licensing restrictions. Do not get me wrong, there are definitely some valid use cases where you would not want a […]

Automating Cross vCenter vMotion (xVC-vMotion) between the same & different SSO Domain

In the last couple of months, I have noticed an increase in customer interests in using the Cross vCenter vMotion (xVC-vMotion) capability that was introduced back in vSphere 6.0. In my opinion, I still think this is probably one of the coolest features of that release. There is no longer the limitation of restricting your Virtual Machine mobility from within a single vCenter Server, […]