Archive for February, 2013

vSphere 5.x Storage vMotion does not rename virtual machine files on completing migration

February 1, 2013 6 comments

Since vSphere 5.0 was released, a feature previously avaiable was found to not work anymore.  This feature was that after a successful storage vmotion migration a renamed virtual machines’ files were no longer renamed to match.

This feature has been restored in vSphere 5.0 update 2, and in vSphere 5.1 update 1, however must be turned on.

Having upgraded, the option provisioning.relocate.enableRename must be set in the advanced vCenter Server settings.

Using the vSphere Client, navigate to the Home Page, and select vCenter Server Settings (under Administration), then select Advanced Settings from the left.  The parameter needs to be added with the value true as below:


The vCenter Service (or vCenter Server) will now need to be restarted.  Afterwards Storage vMotion should now rename the files when the virtual machine has been renamed.

This currently is not available for vSphere 5.1, but will be included in a future update.

Categories: Storage, vSphere