30.3 Migration to VMs on Hyper-V Using X2P Workflow

For migration of workloads to a Hyper-V virtual host using X2P workflow, PlateSpin Migrate requires that you manually set up the target virtual machine with guest operating system type and version settings that match your source workload, in accordance with the features and capabilities of the Hyper-V virtualization platform. Use the PlateSpin ISO to register the target machine with the PlateSpin Server and send machine details. Use PlateSpin Migrate Client to configure, execute, and manage the migration job.

Use the guidelines in this section to configure migration to VMs on Hyper-V virtual hosts.

30.3.1 Downloading and Saving the PlateSpin ISO Image (Hyper-V)

  1. Download and prepare the PlateSpin ISO image for use with the target VM. Attended and unattended registration options are possible.

    See Preparing the PlateSpin ISO Image for Target Registration and Discovery.

  2. Save the ISO image in a location that Hyper-V server can access. For example: c:\temp.

    This ensures that the PlateSpin ISO image is available to the target VM as a bootable CD-ROM image.

30.3.2 Creating and Configuring the Target Virtual Machine (Hyper-V)

  1. In the Hyper-V Manager, use the New Virtual Machine Wizard to create a new virtual machine with the following settings:

    • Name and Location: Specify a name for your new target and accept the default location.

    • Operating System Type and Version: Specify the operating system type and version settings that matches the source workload. The wizard uses this information to set appropriate default values, such as the amount of memory needed, and resource limits for the VM.

    • Assign Memory: Assign at least 384 MB of RAM to the VM.

    • Connect Virtual Hard Disk: Ensure that the disk size of every disk is about 50 MB more than the corresponding disk on your source workload.

    • Installation Options: Configure the VM to boot from an ISO image file, and point the wizard to the downloaded PlateSpin ISO image.

    • Summary: Configure the VM to not start upon creation (deselect the Start the virtual machine after it is created option).

  2. After creating the VM, remove the default NIC and replace it with a generic one, called Legacy Network Adapter.

    This is required because the New Virtual Machine Wizard creates a NIC of a custom Microsoft type, which is currently unsupported by PlateSpin Migrate.

  3. Connect the newly added NIC (Legacy Network Adapter) to the external virtual network.

30.3.3 Registering the Virtual Machine with PlateSpin Server (Hyper-V)

After you create the virtual machine and prepare it to boot with the PlateSpin ISO, you are ready to register it as a target VM with your PlateSpin Server. See Registering and Discovering Target VMs on Virtual Hosts.

30.3.4 Migrating Your Source Workload to the Target Virtual Machine (Hyper-V)

  1. Use PlateSpin Migrate Client to start an X2P migration job with your source workload being the job’s migration source and the target being the new VM on Hyper-V.

    See Migration to Physical Machines.

  2. For host-specific target VM configuration options for the Virtual Machine Configuration dialog, see Target VM Configuration: Microsoft Hyper-V.

  3. For host-specific storage configuration options, see Section 30.2.2, Drive Configuration: Hyper-V.

  4. Monitor the migration job in Jobs view in PlateSpin Migrate Client.

    When the job reaches the Configure Target Machine step, the virtual machine’s console returns to the boot prompt of the PlateSpin ISO image.

  5. Shut down the virtual machine and reconfigure it to boot from disk rather than from the boot image.

  6. Power on the virtual machine.

    The migration job resumes, reboots the target, and completes the workload configuration.

30.3.5 Post-Migration Steps (Hyper-V)

Install Hyper-V Integration Services (virtualization enhancement software). For more information, see your Microsoft Hyper-V Getting Started Guide.