When Veeam released v6 of Veeam Backup & Replication there was one feature that honestly we didn’t know how to describe: Quick Migration.
First of all, what is Quick Migration? It officially is a VM migration technique to close the loop for task such as Instant VM Recovery (IVMR)). In VMware environments, it simply reproduces a VM from one location to another. In the case of IVMR, that would be from the vPower NFS datastore to a production datastore.
So, basically, what this task does is reproduce the VM on the target as needed. It can function cross-host and cross storage, so for environments who don’t have vMotion or Storage vMotion; this may be a great meet-in-the-middle solution.
The *BEST* part of Veeam Quick Migration is that it is included with Veeam Backup Free Edition. Hint, hint, if you don’t have migration capabilities, you can use this tool for a “good enough” solution.
The Quick Migration feature is visible in the Veeam Backup Interface as shown in the figure below:
If the system you are moving is the vCenter Server, you may want to inventory each host by IP address and do the migration tasks from one ESXi host to another ESXi host in terms of the host IP address.
Problems this solve:
- Migration without vMotion (or Storage vMotion)
- Migration without vCenter
- Migrate from IVMR
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