3.2 About the PlateSpin Migrate Client User Interface

The PlateSpin Migrate Client window consists of the following elements:

For additional information, see the following sections.

3.2.1 Servers View

The Servers view is the main visual interface to your discovered source workloads and targets. Its main area consists of two split panes that you can customize to suit your needs.

Figure 3-1 PlateSpin Migrate Client‘s Servers View

The hierarchical display of items in the Servers view reflects the organization of items on their respective platforms; for example: VMs are shown nested beneath their VM hosts, and PlateSpin Images are beneath their image servers.

In addition, the Group By bar enables you to group machines by affiliation to a domain or to a vCenter Server (for VMware ESX server systems). See Organizing the Servers View.

NOTE:The Servers view hierarchy does not reflect advanced VM resource management hierarchies and structures, such as membership in resource pools or affiliation with ESX Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) clusters. You can view such information in an item’s properties. See Viewing the Properties of Source Workloads and Targets.

Organizing the Servers View

You can filter source workloads and targets based on operating system, domain, name, and type by using the Group By and Show drop-down menus. You can use the Group By drop-down menu to group the items in the Servers view by:

  • Domain affiliation

  • Hostname

  • Affiliation to a VMware vCenter Server

To further control the scope of items shown in either pane of the view, you can also use the Show drop-down menu to filter machines by workload type; for example, Windows 2000, Red Hat Linux, and so on, as shown in the figure below:

Figure 3-2 Servers View Options for Sorting Items by Type

Viewing the Properties of Source Workloads and Targets

In the Servers view, you can access the essential properties of your discovered source workloads and targets by right-clicking an item and selecting Properties.

For each machine, the system provides information about the selected system’s:

  • Hardware, operating system, and network profile

  • Volumes, partitions, and disk usage

  • Programs and services

A virtual machine’s properties provide information related to the machine’s environment on its corresponding virtualization platform, including information about the host, and the amount of allocated memory and processing power.

The properties for virtual machine hosts provide information specific to the selected system. For example, you can view what virtual machines are running on a selected VMware ESX server, what virtual network adapters are in use, and what resource pools are configured on them.

VMware ESX servers that are assigned to a Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) cluster provide information about the name of the cluster and the DRS automation level (full, manual, or partially automated). The properties for VMware ESX servers that are part of VMware vCenter platforms also indicate this.

The following figure shows the properties of a discovered VMware ESX Server.

Figure 3-3 VMware ESX Server-Specific Information in the System’s Properties

List of Machine-Specific Icons in the Servers View

Discovered source workloads and targets are associated with unique icons to help identify the type of workload or workload host.

Table 3-1 Machine-Specific Icons in the Servers View

Physical machine

Physical machine in pre-execution environment for offline migration

Physical machine with workload license

Virtual machine server

Virtual machine

Virtual machine with workload license

Undiscovered virtual machine

Virtual machine - Server Sync target

Virtual machine - Server Sync target with workload license

PlateSpin Image Server

PlateSpin Image

3.2.2 Jobs View

The Jobs view displays all jobs, such as discovery, migration, and image capture, organized into two tabs:

Figure 3-4 PlateSpin Migrate Client‘s Jobs View

You can limit the scope of jobs displayed in the view. Use the Job Type and Jobs Status menus to specify filters for the view:

  • Job Type: To view discovery, migration, or all other job types.

  • Job Status: To view failed, currently running, and completed jobs.

3.2.3 Tasks Pane

The Tasks pane of the PlateSpin Migrate Client window contains most essential migration actions. Clicking a task opens the Action window, which you can use to select the migration source, target, and setup method. See Section 3.7.1, Setting Up a Migration Job (Wizard vs. Advanced).

3.2.4 Status Bar

The status bar of the PlateSpin Migrate Client window displays information about:

  • The PlateSpin Server that you are currently connected to.

  • The PlateSpin Migrate Network that you are currently working with.

  • The User that you are logged in as, and the PlateSpin Migrate role assigned to your user account.

  • The status of the Automatic Network Discovery feature.

Figure 3-5 Status Bar of the PlateSpin Migrate Client Window

Double-clicking any of the first three status items opens the PlateSpin Server Settings window. See Connecting to a PlateSpin Server.

Double-clicking the Network Discovery status item turns Automatic Windows Network Discovery on or off. See Discovering, Registering and Preparing a VM for a Server Sync Job.