It’s out! You can finally migrate a Windows vCenter install to a vCenter appliance VCSA based install using a supported VCSA migration tool!
Just a heads up, here are the requirements:
- It only migrates from Windows installations to VCSA based installations
- It only migrates from 5.5 (any revision) to VCSA 6.0 Update 2
- You must used the embedded database in VCSA
- It will not migrate VUM if VUM is installed on the same OS as your vCenter (no big deal IMO, not hard to reinstall VUM)
Cool things I noticed about this migration utility according to the link above:
- Preservation of original vCenter settings including
- IP address
- Alarm settings (AWESOME!)
- It doesn’t touch your current vCenter’s stuff, so easy rollback.
Not so cool things:
- You can’t change deployment models during the migration. A simple deployment in 5.5 becomes an embedded deployment in VCSA, which you don’t want to do, but you can always transition out of that.
I’m sure you’ll be seeing a blog article here kicking the tires on this thing. But this will definitely help me convince people to go to the VCSA.