PlateSpin Migrate provides mechanisms for configuring your migration job to handle your workload volumes and their physical or virtual layout in the target infrastructure.
When virtualizing a workload, you can select which volumes you want included on the target and manage their free space sizes. You can also control how physical disk arrangement on your source is propagated on the peer virtual machine according to the target virtualization platform’s storage media configuration and virtual disk handling features and capabilities.
When you are migrating workloads to physical hardware, you can select which source volumes to include and size, and which target disks to repartition and populate.
PlateSpin Migrate supports RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) storage, which it treats like any other storage hardware. As long as the associated storage controller driver is present, PlateSpin Migrate successfully completes the migration. PlateSpin Migrate does not support software implementations of RAID.
PlateSpin Migrate supports SAN storage. As long as the driver for the associated host bus adapter (HBA) is present, PlateSpin Migrate successfully completes the migration. PlateSpin Migrate treats SAN LUNs like any other disk with logical volumes.
PlateSpin Migrate supports Network Attached Storage (NAS) systems. PlateSpin Migrate treats NAS like any other disk with logical volumes.
PlateSpin Migrate supports Windows dynamic disks, including mirrored, spanned, and RAID 5 configurations.
PlateSpin Migrate treats dynamic disks like it treats any other logical volume. When you are converting workloads that have dynamic disks, the disks on the target workload are created as basic disks, which you can use to remove unnecessary or obsolete dynamic disk configurations. After the migration, you can upgrade the required disks on your targets from basic to dynamic disks.
PlateSpin Migrate supports logical volumes of Linux workloads. If Logical Volume Manager (LVM) is installed on your Linux source, you can use several LVM1 and LVM2 features to better manage your target workload’s volume layout and organization.
You can set up your workload migration job to:
Re-create logical volumes of the source on the target, or create logical volumes on the target even if the source is not using LVM.
Create new volume groups on the target that are not on the source, or omit volume groups from the target that are present on the source.
Rename volume groups on the target.
Distribute volumes to different volume groups and disks.
NOTE:PlateSpin Migrate does not support:
Copying LVM snapshots and LVM mirrors. You can create LVM snapshots and mirrored logical volumes on the target after the migration completes.
Migration of Linux workloads with encrypted volumes.
Storage layout and volume configuration settings depend on the job configuration mode (Advanced or Wizard), migration type, target virtualization platform, and source operating system.
PlateSpin Migrate supports NSS file systems of OES 2 workloads along with EVMS volume layout features. You can:
Preserve source EVMS layouts on your target workload
Create, delete EVMS volumes, and manage EVMS volume layouts
Copy NSS pools from your source to the target
Make use of NSS snapshots for consistent copying of your source volumes.
The following topics provide additional information:
Use this Migration Wizard page to specify a disk mapping scheme during Windows workload virtualization operations.
In the wizard’s navigation pane, click.
section: Displays information in a tree format according to the options selected.
options: These options control how the source disk arrangement is propagated on the target. Select the option that best suits your migration. To add a virtual disk, select , then click in the Details section.
section: Displays information applicable to the selected item in the Storage Layout tree.
You can rearrange disks by dragging and dropping.
To add a virtual disk, select a storage item in the upper section, and in the Details section click.
To view the path and name of a virtual disk and datastore it is assigned to, select the virtual disk.
Use this Migration Wizard page to select volumes to include in the migration and to adjust the volume size on the target.
In the wizard’s navigation pane, click.
: Use one of the options to specify the volume free size. lets you enter a free space value in the Details area.
: Select the volumes to be converted. System or boot volumes must be selected.
: View information about the selected volume. You can modify free space and total size values.
When you are working in Advanced mode, the Peer-to-Peer Conversion job window provides access to a single configuration interface that combines the wizard’s Volumes and Disks screens.
To access drive configuration options in Advanced mode:
In the Migration Job window, under the Drive Configuration section, click.
Settings vary depending on the target system.
Use these settings to select the volumes to copy during the migration:
Select the volumes to be copied during the migration.
To resize the volume during the migration, specify the desired amount of free space. PlateSpin Migrate automatically adjusts .
To resize the volume during the migration, specify the desired size. PlateSpin Migrate automatically adjusts .
Select which hard drive the volume will be copied to on the physical target machine.
Click this column to determine if an existing vendor partition should remain intact during the migration. If the partitions are not selected, PlateSpin Migrate permanently removes the partitions from the server.
Use these settings to select the volumes and non-volume source spaces to copy and size during the migration. If LVM is installed on the source, atab provides you with corresponding options.
The PlateSpin Migrate Client provides you with Linux-specific user interface elements that provide you with options to properly handle your Linux storage.
Note the following sequence of steps that you must take for properly configuring and mapping newly-added disks and volume groups.
After adding a new disk, go to thetab and map the required volume group name by selecting the option.
Specify Size in Allocation for Volume Group Box
For each added disk, specify the required size in the correspondingfield.
After the system focus shifts away from the field, the size of the newly-added disk is updated dynamically.
Use these settings to select source volumes to copy, non-volume source spaces to re-create and size, and target disks to repartition and populate.
Select the volumes or non-volume source spaces to be copied or re-created and sized during the migration.
To resize the volume during the migration, enter the desired amount of free space. PlateSpin Migrate automatically adjusts .
To resize the volume during the migration, enter the desired size. PlateSpin Migrate automatically adjusts .
Select which hard drive or volume group the volume will be copied to on the physical target machine.
For each disk, click the corresponding cell in this column to select existing vendor partitions to preserve during the migration. If the partitions are not selected, PlateSpin Migrate permanently removes them from the server.
Use these settings to manage volume groups.
Creates a volume group on the target machine that is not present on the source machine.
Renames a volume group that is being copied from the source to the target.
Deletes a volume group so that it is not created on the target machine. The volumes assigned to the volume group can be reassigned to other locations by using the tab (by default, they are assigned to disk).
To allocate space on disks to a volume group, select the volume group, then select the disks to include in it. Specify the amount of space to be allocated to it on each included disk.
Use these settings to manage EVMS volumes (OES 2 workloads with NSS file systems).
Displays a list of EVMS volumes found on the source.
and buttons: Click to create or delete EVMS volumes.
Select this option to include the indicated volume in the migration.
To allocate space, select a volume, then select the disks to include in it. Specify the amount of space to be allocated to it on each included disk.
When you configure a peer-to-peer virtualization job in Advanced mode, the job configuration window provides access to settings specific to the target virtualization platform.
The following are drive configuration settings specific to VMware ESX:
: Select the datastore volume on the ESX 3.0 server where you want to place the vmdk files.
: Select the volumes to be copied during the migration.
: To resize the volume during the migration, specify the desired amount of free space. PlateSpin Migrate automatically adjusts New Size.
: To resize the volume during the migration, specify the desired size. PlateSpin Migrate automatically adjusts New Free Space.
: Assign the volume to a disk or, if LVM is enabled, to a volume group. The volume will be copied to this disk or volume group on the target machine.
: Select any non-volume disk partitions that should be created on the target machine (for example, a Linux swap partition).
: To resize the non-volume partition during the migration, specify the desired size.
When you are using Server Sync to synchronize two Windows or Linux workloads, PlateSpin Migrate provides you with the capability to specify the required mapping between source volumes and existing volumes on the target. See Synchronizing Workloads with Server Sync.
To access volume configuration options in a Server Sync job:
In Advanced mode: In the Migration Job window, under the Drive Configuration section, click(for Windows machines) or (Linux machines).
In Wizard mode (Windows only): Not available.
The following topics provide information about Server Sync volume configuration options specific to Windows and Linux workloads.
A Server Sync job for Windows workloads provides detailed drive and volume information for both the source and the target, and enebles you to specify the required mapping.
Map each volume on the source to an existing volume on the target.
A Server Sync job for Linux workloads provides detailed mount point and volume information for both the source and the target, and enebles you to specify the required mapping.
Map each volume on the source to an existing volume on the target.
When capturing a PlateSpin Image or importing volumes into a PlateSpin Image, PlateSpin Migrate provides a mechanism for including required volumes in an image, and specifying volume data mapping and image configuration options.
When you are setting up a Capture Image or Import Image job in wizard mode, use this page to select volumes to include in the image and to specify paths to existing volume data.
For each volume selected for the image, specify the path to the corresponding image data.
For a Capture Image job, specify the path to the image package file (*.pkg).
For an Import Image job, specify the path to the directory containing the raw volume data.
To repackage the image, clickin the area and select in the Properties dialog box. Specify a path for the new image file, or use the default path.
When you are setting up a Capture Image or Import Image job in wizard mode, use this page to specify the image name and the path where it is stored.
Type a name for the workload image or accept the default.
Type the full path to the image’s XML configuration file or accept the default.