Option 1: Backup and Restore
- Backup the virtual machine from the source vCenter.
- Copy the backed up virtual machine to media to transport it to the destination vCenter.
- Follow the service provider's instructions for restoring the virtual machine to the destination vCenter.
Option 2: Via a USB device
- Mount a USB device to a Windows Machine with the VI client installed.
Note: The USB device must be have sufficient space to accommodate the virtual machine that is being moved.
- Open a VI client to the Virtual Center hosting the virtual machine
- Export the virtual machine as an OVF template and choose the mounted USB device as the destination location. For more information, see the Virtual Machine Administration Guide.
- When the export is complete, mount the USB device to a Windows machine at the destination vCenter.
- Open a VI client to the destination vCenter and deploy from the OVF template. For more information, see theVirtual Machine Administration Guide.
You can use a physical machine to mount the USB. However, you can also use a virtual machine.
If you present the USB device to the ESX host, you can pass that USB device to a virtual machine as a passthrough device. For more information, see USB support for ESX/ESXi 4.1 (1022290) or the Virtual Machine Administration Guide for details.
Once the USB is accessible in the virtual machine, open a VI client from inside the virtual machine to connect to vCenter and follow the above instructions to export the OVF.
If you use a virtual machine on the same ESX host and a virtual machine network as the source virtual machine, this may be faster than using a physical machine to export the OVF.
Based on VMware KB 2010089