VMware has added the ability to move VMs between multiple instances of vCenter to the vSphere interface. Until now, this was only possible with the use of another tool.

The new feature is an extension to vMotion, the method of moving a VM from one host to another. In practice it often proved difficult to move large installations using multiple instances of vCenter management tool, according to The Register,.

Migrating between vCenter implementations

With VMware’s API, the migration of virtual machines from one vCenter implementation to another had been possible for years. Based on this API, William Lam, a software developer at VMware, had written a tool to facilitate this.

This tool has been used to migrate VMs over 10,000 times, and now VMware has decided to integrate it into the UI of vSphere. It can now be found under the name Advanced Cross vCenter Server vMotion (XVM) at vSpere 7 U1c.

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Other new features

Other new features in vSpere 7 U1c include easier maintenance, more metrics from NICs, support for third-party vSAN plug-ins to monitor storage performance and enhancements to Tanzu, VMware’s container platform. VMware ESXi 7.0 Update 1c is now available.

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