Migrating traditional virtual machines to VVol datastores

You can migrate virtual machines from traditional datastores to virtual volume (VVol) datastores to take advantage of policy-based VM management and other VVol capabilities. VVol datastores enable you to scale to meet increased workload requirements.

Before you begin

About this task

When you migrate from a traditional datastore to a VVol datastore, the vCenter Server uses vStorage APIs for Array Integration (VAAI) offloads when moving data from VMFS datastores, but not from an NFS VMDK file. VAAI offloads normally reduce the load on the host.


  1. Right-click the virtual machine that you want to migrate, and then click Migrate.
  2. Select Change storage only, and then click Next.
  3. Select a virtual disk format, a VM Storage Policy and a VVol datastore that matches the features of the datastore that you are migrating, and then click Next.
  4. Review the settings, and then click Finish.