Rename a VM without shutting down…using storage vMotion
When renaming a VM in vCenter, underlying files and folders remain named the same as when the VM name was first designated. This can make for a difficult recovery scenario if file/folders and names in vCenter are out of sync.
- vCenter 4.0 U1
- ESX 4.0 U1
- Rename the VM in vCenter
- Migrate the VM to another Datastore
- If you check the VM’s settings and/or datastore, all related files/folders should now match the VM name in vCenter.
Maybe this was obvious to some folks, but it wasn’t until I was doing maintenance @ the wonderful hour of 2am that this dawned on me as a possible solution. I’m so used to having to go through this process.