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Migrating Linked clone pools to a different or new Datastore (1028754)


To move all Linked Clone desktops and the associated replicas off a Datastore


Ensure that the source destination Datastore is accessible from all ESX servers in the View Cluster.
  1. On the Admin Portal  of the Connection Broker Edit the pool and add the destination Datastore and remove the old Datastore
  2. Select desktop Sources tab on the pool.
  3. Select the Rebalance option.
A new replica is created on the new Datastore, the Desktops are migrated to that Datastore, and the old replica is deleted. If the old Datastore is being decommissioned after the re-balance operation is complete, verify that no linked clones exist on the datastore.

Note: The re-balance operation has the same effect as refreshing the linked clone. It recreates the operating disk on the linked clone, so anything installed there is lost after the re-balance. Information saved on the user data disk is preserved.

Warning: Do not use Storage vMotion to move Linked Clone Pool desktops. Use of Storage vMotion is not supported for this type of Virtual Machines.

Additional Information

Note: A rebalance operation cannot be performed if there are existing connections. If there are existing connections, you must either force the users to log off or wait for the users to log off. For more information, see the Rebalance Linked-Clone Desktops section of the VMware View Administration Guide.


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Update History

11/30/2012 - Added note to the Additional Information section 06/13/2103 - Added the latest product release.

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