Understanding svMotion Background Process

svMotion is fair simple process and nothing much complex is involved in that. Here are the step by step breakdown of what happens in background of svMotion process:

  1. The virtual machine working directory is copied by VPXA to the destination datastore.
  2. A “shadow” virtual machine is started on the destination datastore using the copied files. The “shadow” virtual machine idles, waiting for the copying of the virtual machine disk file(s) to complete.
  3. Storage vMotion enables the Storage vMotion Mirror driver to mirror writes of already copied blocks to the destination.
  4. In a single pass, a copy of the virtual machine disk file(s) is completed to the target datastore while mirroring I/O.
  5. Storage vMotion invokes a Fast Suspend and Resume of the virtual machine (similar to vMotion) to transfer the running virtual machine over to the idling shadow virtual machine.
  6. After the Fast Suspend and Resume completes, the old home directory and virtual machine disk files are deleted from the source datastore.
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