30.0 Migration to VMware

For migration of workloads to a VMware virtual host, PlateSpin Migrate provides automated setup of the target virtual machine on a specified ESX host, in accordance with the features and capabilities of the selected virtualization platform. In addition to the migration settings, you specify settings for the target VM that Migrate will create, such as:

  • Target VM name and configuration file path

  • Datastore to use from available resources on the target virtual host

  • Network settings

  • Virtual memory allocation


  • Raw Device Mapping (RDM) for target VMs on VMware is supported only by using the X2P workflow.

  • When you use the X2P workflow for migrating a workload to VMware, you must set up the VMware Tools for the target workload before you perform the conversion. See Section 30.3.3, Setting Up VMware Tools for the Target Workload.

  • Before you migrate a Linux workload, ensure that Perl module is installed on the source Linux workload to enable PlateSpin Migrate to install the VMware tools on the target workload during conversion. Alternatively, you can manually install the VMware tools after the migration is completed on the cutover workload.

  • If your target VMware ESX server is part of a fully automated Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) cluster (a cluster with its VM migration automation level set to Fully Automated), the newly created target VM’s automation level is changed to Partially Automated for the duration of the migration. This means that your target VM might power up on a different ESX server from the one initially selected, but migration is prevented from automatic execution.

Use the guidelines in this section to configure migration to VMware.