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Migrating standard virtual machines to VVOLs

You can migrate traditional datastores to VVOLs.

Before you begin

Important: You must make sure that VASA Provider is not running on one of the virtual machines you plan to migrate. If you migrate a virtual machine that is running VASA Provider to a VVOLs datastore, you will not be able to perform any management operations, including powering on virtual machines that are on VVOLs datastores. In addition, you will lose access to all VVOLs because VASA Provider will not be able to boot.

About this task

When you migrate from a standard datastore to a VVOLs datastore, the vCenter Server does not use vStorage APIs for Array Integration (VAAI) offloads. VAAI offloads normally reduce the load on the host.


  1. Right-click the virtual machine and select Migrate.
  2. Select Change storage only and click Next.
  3. Select a VM Storage Policy and a datastore that matches the features of the datastore you are migrating and click Next.
  4. Review the settings and click Finish.