Reregistering VMs after transition on non-SAN boot ESXi hosts using vSphere Client

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After you transition a non-SAN booted host, you must reregister your Virtual Machines (VMs).

The host must be online and the LUNs must be discovered.

  • For copy-based transitions, perform these steps before initiating the Storage Cutover operation in the 7-Mode Transition Tool.

  • For copy-free transitions, perform these steps before initiating the Export & Halt 7-Mode Systems operation in the 7MTT.

Steps
  1. Open the Inventory Assessment Workbook generated by the Inventory Collect Tool (ICT).

  2. Navigate to the Host VMs tab, and then record the VM Config File path and Location/Datastore Name of the VM.

  3. Use vSphere Client to log in to the ESXi host or the vCenter Server managing the ESXi host.

  4. Under Host and Clusters, select the ESXi host.

  5. Navigate to Configuration > Hardware > Storage.

  6. Select the datastore with the datastore name you previously noted.

  7. Right click and select Browse Datastore.

    The Datastore Browser window opens.

  8. Navigate to the VM Config File path you previously noted.

  9. Right click the `.vmx `file, and then select Add To Inventory.

  10. Repeat these steps for each VM listed in the Host VMs tab in the Inventory Assessment Workbook generated by the ICT.