Cold migration moves powered-off VMs from one host or datastore to another. Cold migration is a good option when you can tolerate some VM downtime during the migration process.

To implement cold migration, you can configure hybrid linked mode and use the vSphere client. You can also use command-line (PowerShell) or API automation.

Summary of Supported Configurations

The following table summarizes the supported configurations for hybrid cold migration.
Table 1. Supported Configurations for Hybrid Cold Migration
On-premises vSphere Version Network Connectivity VDS version on-premises
vSphere 6.0u3 AWS Direct Connect or IPsec VPN VMware Distributed Switch version 6.0
vSphere 6.5 patch d AWS Direct Connect or IPsec VPN VMware Distributed Switch version 6.0 or 6.5
vSphere 5.5, 6.0, and 6.5 Internet or AWS Direct Connect and L2 VPN created through HCX Any VMware Distributed Switch, vSphere standard switch, or Cisco Nexus 1000v