ESXI: Move VM between hosts

By |2014-07-26T14:14:24+01:00July 26th, 2014|Technology, Virtualization, Web Development|

Here is a “how-to” to move VMs between ESXi hosts without vCenter and completely for FREE:
Here is the scenario:
We have two ESXi hosts: “esxi-old” and “esxi-new” like below:

We want our VMs (here webserver, devFactory and database) to be copied (or you may call it moved/migrated) to the “esxi-new” host.

Follow these steps carefully without skipping any:

A: On esxi-old host

  1. Create a new user on ESXi host (I recommend for user name: ovfuser) follow this tutorial from
    • WARNING: Use only alphanumeric characters in the password, else you will get an error! [REF #1]
    • Assign the admin role for this ovfuser
    • Remember to remove this user once all vm copy/migration […]