I have been pushing for this heavily internally together with Frank Denneman and it pleases me to say that it is finally back… You can rename your virtual machine files again using Storage vMotion as of 5.0 u2.
vSphere 5 Storage vMotion is unable to rename virtual machine files on completing migration
In vCenter Server , when you rename a virtual machine in the vSphere Client, the vmdk disks are not renamed following a successful Storage vMotion task. When you perform a Storage vMotion of the virtual machine to have its folder and associated files renamed to match the new name. The virtual machine folder name changes, but the virtual machine file names do not change.
This issue is resolved in this release
Those who want to know what else is fixed, you can find the full release notes here of both ESXi 5.0 U2 and vCenter 5.0 U2:
- ESXi – https://www.vmware.com/support/vsphere5/doc/vsp_esxi50_u2_rel_notes.html
- vCenter – https://www.vmware.com/support/vsphere5/doc/vsp_vc50_u2_rel_notes.html
** do note that this fix is not part of 5.1 yet **