1.2 Supported Configurations

1.2.1 Supported Source Workloads

PlateSpin Migrate supports the following operating system families:

  • Microsoft Windows

  • Linux

The following topics provide more details:

NOTE:Not all workloads are supported on all target VM platforms. For details, see KB Article 7012976.

Supported Microsoft Windows Workloads

For the Windows platform, PlateSpin Migrate supports the following portability features:

  • Workload portability: Peer-to-peer migrations (P2V, V2V, V2P, P2P).

  • Peer-to-peer workload synchronization with Server Sync (P2V, V2V, P2P, V2P).

  • Workload imaging with PlateSpin Images (X2I, I2X), with full or partial support for several third-party backup and archiving applications.

    NOTE:Imaging is not supported for the 9.3 release only.

Table 1-3 Supported Microsoft Windows Workloads

Operating System


Windows Server 2012


Windows 8


Windows 7


Windows Server 2003 SP1 and later


Windows Server 2008 R2

Including domain controller (DC) systems and Small Business Server (SBS) editions

Windows Server 2008

Windows Vista, Business/Enterprise/Ultimate, SP1 and later


NOTE:Only NTFS files systems are supported.

PlateSpin Migrate supports the following localized versions of source Windows workloads:

  • English

  • French

  • German

  • Japanese

  • Chinese

Supported Linux Workloads

For the Linux platform, PlateSpin Migrate provides Live and Offline peer-to-peer workload portability support (P2P, P2V, V2P, V2V), including workload synchronization with Server Sync.

Supported Linux file systems are EXT2, EXT3, EXT4, REISERFS, and NSS (OES 2 workloads).

Workload imaging is not supported for Linux.

Some of the supported Linux versions require that you compile the PlateSpin blkwatch module for your specific kernel. Those workloads are called out explicitly.

Table 1-4 Supported Linux Workloads



Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) AS/ES/WS 4, 5, 6, 6.1, 6.2


RHEL 5.6-5.8, 6.3

You must compile the PlateSpin blkwatch module before discovering these workloads.

See KB Article 7005873.

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 9, 10, 11 (SP1)

Novell Open Enterprise Server (OES) 11

OES 2 (SP2 and SP3)

Oracle Enterprise Linux (OEL)

  • Same level of support as that for workloads running RHEL.

  • Workloads using the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel are not supported.

Red Hat Linux 8

32-bit systems only


  • Linux-based source workloads must be running a Secure Shell (SSH) server.

  • Live transfer is supported for these Linux workloads:

    • RHEL 4, 5, 6.x

    • SLES 9, 10, 11

  • Migration of encrypted volumes is not supported.

1.2.2 Supported Target Virtualization Platforms

The following is a list of supported virtualization platforms. For more details on supported configurations, as well as the most up-to-date list, see KB Article 7005871.

Table 1-5 Supported Target Virtualization Platforms



VMware vCenter 4.1, including Updates 1, 2, 3


VMware vCenter 5.0, including Update 1


VMware vCenter 5.1


VMware ESX 4.1, 4.1 Update 1, 4.1 Update 2, 4.1 Update 3


VMware ESXi 4.1, 4.1 Update 1, 4.1 Update 2, 4.1 Update 3, 5.0, 5.0 Update 1, 5.1

All ESXi versions must have a paid license; migration is unsupported with these systems if they are operating with a free license.

Citrix XenServer 6

Supported through Semi-Automated Workload Virtualization Using the X2P Workflow.

Xen Hypervisor on SLES 10 SP2

Fully virtualized VM targets: supported through Semi-Automated Workload Virtualization Using the X2P Workflow.

Paravirtualized VM targets: see Linux Migration to a Paravirtualized VM on Xen-on-SLES.

Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V R3

Supported through Semi-Automated Workload Virtualization Using the X2P Workflow.