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Migrating linked clone pools to a different or new datastore (1028754)

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This article provides steps to move all Linked Clone desktops and the associated replicas off a datastore.


To move all Linked Clone desktops and the associated replicas off a datastore:
Note: Ensure that the source destination datastore is accessible from all ESX servers in the View Cluster.
  1. Log in to the View Administrator portal.
  2. Select the pool and click Edit. Within vCenter Server settings, add the destination datastore and remove the old datastore.
  3. Click the desktop Sources tab on the pool.
  4. 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. Re-balance operation recreates the operating disk on the linked clone, so anything installed in it is lost after the re-balance. Information saved on the user data disk is preserved.


Caution: Do not use Storage vMotion to move Linked Clone Pool desktops. Use of Storage vMotion is not supported for this type of virtual machine.

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 Rebalance Linked-Clone Desktops in the VMware Horizon View 5.2  and 5.3 Administration Guide.

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11/30/2012 - Added note to the Additional Information section 06/13/2013 - Added the latest product release.

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