You can move a virtual machine to another vApp. When you move a virtual machine, the original virtual machine is removed from the source vApp.

Starting with vCloud Director 9.5, moving VMs across different vApps relies on VMware vSphere® vMotion® and Enhanced vMotion Compatibility (EVC). You can move a VM to a different vApp that belongs to the same or another organization VDC within the same provider VDC.

While you are moving a virtual machine to a different vApp, you can perform reconfigurations such as changing the network and the storage profile.
Table 1. Reconfigurations During Virtual Machine Movements and Virtual Machine States
Reconfiguration VM state if the target vApp is in the same organization VDC VM state if the target vApp in another organization VDC within the same provider VDC
change the network powered off N/A
remove the network powered on or off N/A
change the storage profile powered on or off powered off


  • This operation requires the rights included in the predefined vApp Author role or an equivalent set of rights.

  • Verify that the underlying vSphere resources support vMotion and EVC. For information about the requirements and limitations of vMotion and EVC, see vCenter Server and Host Management.

  • If you want to change the VM network or the storage profile, check whether you must power off the VM. See table Reconfigurations During VM Movements and VM States.


  1. On the Virtual Datacenters dashboard screen, click the card of the virtual data center you want to explore and select Virtual Machines from the left panel.
  2. Click Card Icon to view the list in a card view and, optionally, filter the list of virtual machines from the Look in drop-down menu.
  3. From the More menu of the machine you want to move, select Move to.
  4. Select the destination vApp and click Next.
  5. Configure the resources, such as name of the virtual machine and computer name, and, optionally, the storage policy and NICs, and click Next.
    Important: The computer name can contain only alphanumeric characters and cannot consist of digits only.
  6. On the Ready to Complete page review your settings and click Done.