Saturday, March 1, 2014

Virtual to Physical (V2P) migration checklist using PlateSpin

Virtual to Physical (V2P) migration checklist using PlateSpin

Pre-Migration Checklist

1) Execute full backup of the source server.
2) Check the event logs for any errors. If so, fix it. 
3) Perform a reboot of the server to complete any pending tasks and make sure server reboots successfully.
4) Run a check disk to ensure no disk errors.
5) Capture IP information.
6) Capture application Port dependencies.
7) Ensure required capacity exists on destination VM for migration.
8) Analyze the time to be taken to migrate data and calculate downtime accordingly.
9) Identify VLAN requirements.
10) Capture the information regarding number of virtual processors, capacity and virtual memory.
11) Defragment the drives to speed up the conversion rates.
12) Verify the Windows Security Patches and Anti Virus are up-to-date. 
13) Stop the unneeded services like RDP, Symantec, etc.
14) Stop any application & database services.

Migration Checklist

1) Check the availability of PlateSpin Workload license.
2) Add the license to Source machine.
3) Add the VM Machine to PlateSpin server (Discover).
4) Add the Physical Machine to Plate spin server  (Discover).
5) Copy the work load from source machine (VM) to target machine (Physical Server).
6) Select Block based option in Transfer Mode for data disk migration.
7) Choose Disk to appropriate Hard disk in Physical box.
8) Enter appropriate migration details when prompted during PlateSpin migration process.
9) Check the option to uninstall VMware Tools.
10) Stop application services.
11) Stop VMware tools.
12) Check the option for powering off the VM once the migration completes.

Post-Migration Checklist

1) Power down the virtual machine.
2) Power on the physical machine.
3) Check the Event logs and Services.
4) Check the Disk errors.
5) Uninstall the VM tools.
6) Install HP Drives if needed.
7) Install NIC teaming.
8) Start the application related services.

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