Wednesday, August 17, 2011

vCO - VMware LabManager migration to vCloud Director (part 1)

Awaiting my new hardware for testing the vLM to vCD migration I decided to give you an theoretical overview how the migration is realized. First thing I had to learn was that a vCD registered host could not act as an vLM host because of a higher agent version on the host (version 5). Unfortunately I forgot to make a screenshot (will repeat that with the new lab).

With this knowledge there is only one option: vLM with vCenter Server 4 and vCD with vCenter Server 5, both registered in the vCenter Orchestrator.

When migrating to vSphere 5 this could be a one-time scenario. Maybe there are two environments -> the "old" vSphere 4 with vCenter Server 4.x, ESX/ESXi 4.x and VMware LabManager 4.x.x and the "new" one with vCenter 5, ESX 5 and vCD 1.x.

The migration scenario I want to build up is divided into the following steps:

  1. Archiving the vLM VMs into the Library
  2. Export of the archived VMs to a "transfer" NFS datastore
  3. Creation of the "old" configuration as vApp in the vCD
  4. Import of the exported vLM VMs as new vCD VMs
Really simple, or what?

I think I will need several SOAP workflows for the vLM to export the VMs in a consistent state to the "transfer" datastore. Next thing is to create the configuration in the vCD and register the VMs as new vApps or VMs in the vCD. 

Please be patient, in the next 2 weeks I will test it and create a manual for the migration including the vCO packages.

In the meantime... have a look upon the new AMQP Plug-In!


  1. where ca i find part 2?

  2. Could you please share Part 2 URL ?

  3. Hii..

    Where can i find part 2 ? Can you please share that one.
    Virtualization Technology

  4. Hi,

    please note that the "de-registration" of LabManager VMs (Full Clones) only works with manipulating the database, cause LabManager limits the VMs functionality (no clone for example). So this is a complex scenario :)