Migrating a Windows VM

This topic describes how to migrate Windows VMs to GKE with Migrate for Anthos. To perform the migration, you use a processing cluster you created with the steps in Installing Migrate for Anthos.

The steps to migrate with Migrate for Anthos:

  1. Add a migration source.

    Start a migration by configuring a source, which specifies your migration source along with information that Migrate for Anthos uses to locate the VM you're migrating. If you already have a source from a previous migration and the VMs you're migrating are from the same source, you can re-use it.

  2. Create a migration plan.

    Create a migration plan by specifying the source you created, the VM you want to migrate, and the migration intent.

  3. Customize your migration plan.

    Customize the migration plan you generated when you created a migration.

  4. Execute the migration.

    Having created a migration, you execute the migration to extract the container artifacts, which includes the Dockerfile and other files necessary to build a container image.

  5. Monitor the migration.

    Use the migctl tool to view the progress of a migration and inspect migration activity logs.

  6. Build a Windows container image

    Use the generated artifacts to build a Windows container that you can then deploy to a cluster.

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