Move-VM

This cmdlet moves a virtual machine to the location that is specified by the Destination or the Datastore parameters. The destination must be a folder, host, cluster, or a resource pool. You can move a virtual machine to a DRS cluster. Moving a virtual machine to the top level of a non-DRS cluster is only possible if the virtual machine is in a resource pool in that cluster. If the virtual machine is outside the non-DRS cluster, you need to specify a virtual machine host in that cluster as destination. When moving virtual machines that are powered on, vMotion is used. You can move storage and compute resources simultaneously. You can move virtual machines between vCenter Server systems of vSphere version 6.0 and later. To specify a server different from the default one, use the Server parameter. When you move a virtual machine from one vCenter Server system to another, only datastores are supported as storage destinations.

Syntax

-VM  <VirtualMachine[]>
[[-Destination]  <VIContainer>]
[-AdvancedOption  <AdvancedOption[]>]
[-Datastore  <StorageResource>]
[-DiskStorageFormat  <VirtualDiskStorageFormat>]
[-InventoryLocation  <FolderContainer>]
[-NetworkAdapter  <NetworkAdapter[]>]
[-PortGroup  <VirtualPortGroupBase[]>]
[-RunAsync]
[-Server  <VIServer[]>]
[-StoragePolicy  <StoragePolicy>]
[-VMotionPriority  <VMotionPriority>]
[CommonParameters]

Parameters

Required Parameter Name Type Position Features Description
required
VM
VirtualMachine[] named
  • wildcards
  • pipeline
  • Specifies the virtual machines you want to move to another location.
    optional
    Destination
    VIContainer 1
  • wildcards
  • pipeline
  • Specifies a folder, host, cluster, or a resource pool where you want to move the virtual machines. If a data center is specified for the Destination parameter, you can move the virtual machines to the data center's "vmFolder" folder. The "vmFolder" is a system folder and is guaranteed to exist. Passing values to this parameter through a pipeline is deprecated and will be disabled in a future release.
    optional
    AdvancedOption
    AdvancedOption[] named This parameter is only applicable when a DatastoreCluster object is passed to the Datastore parameter. Specifies one or more rules for the placement of the virtual machines that you want to relocate.
    optional
    Datastore
    StorageResource named
  • wildcards
  • Specifies the datastore or datastore cluster where you want to move the virtual machines. When you pass a datastore cluster to the Datastore parameter, you can also set the AdvancedOption parameter.
    optional
    DiskStorageFormat
    VirtualDiskStorageFormat named Specifies a new storage format for the hard disk of the virtual machine you want to move. This parameter is applicable only when moving a virtual machine to a different datastore, using the Datastore parameter. This parameter accepts Thin, Thick, and EagerZeroedThick values.
    optional
    InventoryLocation
    FolderContainer named Specifies a data center or a virtual machine folder where you want to move the virtual machine.
    optional
    NetworkAdapter
    NetworkAdapter[] named Specifies the virtual machine network adapters you want to migrate to a new port group.
    optional
    PortGroup
    VirtualPortGroupBase[] named
  • wildcards
  • Specifies the destination port groups for the specified virtual machine network adapters. The number of the port groups should be one or equal to the number of the specified network adapters. If one port group and more than one network adapters are specified, you can migrate all network adapters to the specified port group. You cannot use this parameter with the Network parameter.
    optional
    RunAsync
    SwitchParameter named Indicates that the command returns immediately without waiting for the task to complete. In this mode, the output of the cmdlet is a Task object. For more information about the RunAsync parameter, run "help About_RunAsync" in the VMware PowerCLI console.
    optional
    Server
    VIServer[] named
  • wildcards
  • Specifies the vCenter Server systems on which you want to run the cmdlet. If no value is provided or $null value is passed to this parameter, the command runs on the default servers. For more information about default servers, see the description of the Connect-VIServer cmdlet.
    optional
    StoragePolicy
    StoragePolicy named Specifies a new StoragePolicy for the virtual machine you want to move. The StoragePolicy is attached to VMHome and all hard disks.
    optional
    VMotionPriority
    VMotionPriority named Determines the priority that you should use for a vMotion operation.

    -VM  <VirtualMachine[]>
    [[-Destination]  <VIContainer>]
    [-AdvancedOption  <AdvancedOption[]>]
    [-Datastore  <StorageResource>]
    [-DiskStorageFormat  <VirtualDiskStorageFormat>]
    [-InventoryLocation  <FolderContainer>]
    [-Network  <Network[]>]
    [-NetworkAdapter  <NetworkAdapter[]>]
    [-RunAsync]
    [-Server  <VIServer[]>]
    [-StoragePolicy  <StoragePolicy>]
    [-VMotionPriority  <VMotionPriority>]
    [CommonParameters]

    Parameters

    Required Parameter Name Type Position Features Description
    required
    VM
    VirtualMachine[] named
  • wildcards
  • pipeline
  • Specifies the virtual machines you want to move to another location.
    optional
    Destination
    VIContainer 1
  • wildcards
  • pipeline
  • Specifies a folder, host, cluster, or a resource pool where you want to move the virtual machines. If a data center is specified for the Destination parameter, you can move the virtual machines to the data center's "vmFolder" folder. The "vmFolder" is a system folder and is guaranteed to exist. Passing values to this parameter through a pipeline is deprecated and will be disabled in a future release.
    optional
    AdvancedOption
    AdvancedOption[] named This parameter is only applicable when a DatastoreCluster object is passed to the Datastore parameter. Specifies one or more rules for the placement of the virtual machines that you want to relocate.
    optional
    Datastore
    StorageResource named
  • wildcards
  • Specifies the datastore or datastore cluster where you want to move the virtual machines. When you pass a datastore cluster to the Datastore parameter, you can also set the AdvancedOption parameter.
    optional
    DiskStorageFormat
    VirtualDiskStorageFormat named Specifies a new storage format for the hard disk of the virtual machine you want to move. This parameter is applicable only when moving a virtual machine to a different datastore, using the Datastore parameter. This parameter accepts Thin, Thick, and EagerZeroedThick values.
    optional
    InventoryLocation
    FolderContainer named Specifies a data center or a virtual machine folder where you want to move the virtual machine.
    optional
    Network
    Network[] named Specifies the destination networks for the specified virtual machine network adapters. The number of networks should be one or equal to the number of the specified network adapters. If one network and more than one network adapters are specified, you can migrate all network adapters to the specified network. You cannot use this parameter with the PortGroup parameter.
    optional
    NetworkAdapter
    NetworkAdapter[] named Specifies the virtual machine network adapters you want to migrate to a new port group.
    optional
    RunAsync
    SwitchParameter named Indicates that the command returns immediately without waiting for the task to complete. In this mode, the output of the cmdlet is a Task object. For more information about the RunAsync parameter, run "help About_RunAsync" in the VMware PowerCLI console.
    optional
    Server
    VIServer[] named
  • wildcards
  • Specifies the vCenter Server systems on which you want to run the cmdlet. If no value is provided or $null value is passed to this parameter, the command runs on the default servers. For more information about default servers, see the description of the Connect-VIServer cmdlet.
    optional
    StoragePolicy
    StoragePolicy named Specifies a new StoragePolicy for the virtual machine you want to move. The StoragePolicy is attached to VMHome and all hard disks.
    optional
    VMotionPriority
    VMotionPriority named Determines the priority that you should use for a vMotion operation.

    Output

    VMware.VimAutomation.ViCore.Types.V1.Inventory.VirtualMachine

    Examples


    Example 1

    Get-VM -Name VM | Move-VM -Destination 10.23.112.235

    Moves the virtual machine named VM from its current location to the host on IP address 10.23.112.235.

    Example 2

    Move-VM -VM VM -Destination Folder

    Moves the virtual machine to a folder called Folder. Note that you can move virtual machines only to folders containing virtual machines (the 'blue' folders in the vSphere Client).

    Example 3

    Move-VM -VM 'MyVM' -Destination 'MyDestination'

    Moves a powered on virtual machine from one existing host to another by using vMotion, passing parameters by name.

    Example 4

    Move-VM -VM 'MyVM' -Datastore 'MyDatastore'

    Moves a powered on virtual machine from one existing datastore to another by using storage vMotion, passing parameters by name.

    Example 5

    $myDatastoreCluster1 = Get-DatastoreCluster -Name 'MyDatastoreCluster1'
    Move-VM -VM 'MyVM1' -Datastore $myDatastoreCluster1

    Moves the MyVM1 virtual machine to any datastore in the specified datastore cluster.

    Example 6

    $myDatastoreCluster1 = Get-DatastoreCluster -Name 'MyDatastoreCluster1'
    $myVm2 = Get-VM -Name 'MyVM2'
    $vmAntiAffinityRule = New-Object -TypeName VMware.VimAutomation.ViCore.Types.V1.DatastoreManagement.SdrsVMAntiAffinityRule -ArgumentList $myVm2
    Move-VM -VM 'MyVM1' -Datastore $myDatastoreCluster1 -AdvancedOption $vmAntiAffinityRule

    Moves the MyVM1 virtual machine to the specified datastore cluster and sets a VM anti-affinity rule for the placement of the virtual machine. You can place the MyVM1 virtual machine on any datastore in the specified datastore cluster that does not contain the MyVM2 virtual machine.

    Example 7

    $myVm1 = Get-VM -Name 'MyVM1'
    $vmdks = Get-Harddisk -VM $myVm1
    $myDatastoreCluster1 = Get-DatastoreCluster -Name 'MyDatastoreCluster1'
    $vmdkAntiAffinityRule = New-Object -TypeName VMware.VimAutomation.ViCore.Types.V1.DatastoreManagement.SdrsVMDiskAntiAffinityRule -ArgumentList $vmdks
    Move-VM -VM '$myVm1' -Datastore $myDatastoreCluster1 -AdvancedOption $vmdkAntiAffinityRule

    Moves the MyVM1 virtual machine to the specified datastore cluster and sets a VM disk anti-affinity rule for the placement of the virtual machine. You can store the disks of the MyVM1 virtual machine on different datastores in the specified datastore cluster.

    Example 8

    Get-VM -Name 'MyVM' -Server 'MyServer' | Move-VM -Destination 'NewHost' -Datastore 'DatastoreOnNewHost' -DiskStorageFormat 'Thin'

    Moves a powered off virtual machine to another datastore on another host and changes its disk storage format to thin.

    Example 9

    Connect-VIServer 'myVC1' -Username -Password
    Connect-VIServer 'myVC2' -Username -Password
    $vm = Get-VM 'myVM' -Location 'myVMhostOnVC1'
    $destination = Get-VMHost 'MyVMhostOnVc2'
    $networkAdapter = Get-NetworkAdapter -VM $vm
    $destinationPortGroup = Get-VDPortgroup -VDSwitch 'myVDSwitchOnVC2' -Name 'myPortGroup'
    $destinationDatastore = Get-Datastore 'MyDatastoreOnVc2'
    $vm | Move-VM -Destination $destination -NetworkAdapter $networkAdapter -PortGroup $destinationPortGroup -Datastore $destinationDatastore

    Moves the MyVM virtual machine from one vCenter Server system to another. Specifies myPortGroup as the destination port group and MyDatastoreOnVc2 as the destination datastore.

    Example 10

    Move-VM -VM 'MyVM' -Datastore 'MyDatastore' -StoragePolicy $policy

    Moves a powered on virtual machine from one existing datastore to another by using storage vMotion, and attaches the $policy storage policy to it.

    Example 11

    Connect-VIServer 'myVC1' -Username -Password
    Connect-VIServer 'myVC2' -Username -Password
    $vm = Get-VM 'myVM' -Location 'myVMhostOnVC1'
    $destination = Get-VMHost 'MyVMhostOnVc2'
    $networkAdapter = Get-NetworkAdapter -VM $vm
    $destinationPortGroup = Get-VDPortgroup -VDSwitch 'myVDSwitchOnVC2' -Name 'myPortGroup'
    $destinationDatastore = Get-Datastore 'MyDatastoreOnVc2'
    $destinationStoragePolicy = Get-SpbmStoragePolicy 'MyStoragePolicyOnVc2'
    $vm | Move-VM -Destination $destination -NetworkAdapter $networkAdapter -PortGroup $destinationPortGroup -Datastore $destinationDatastore -StoragePolicy $destinationStoragePolicy

    Moves the MyVM virtual machine from one vCenter Server system to another. Specifies myPortGroup as the destination port group and MyDatastoreOnVc2 as the destination datastore. Attaches the MyStoragePolicyOnVc2 storage policy to VMHome and its hard disks.

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