This how-to guide walks you through the high level, end-to-end deployment steps to set up Google Cloud Migrate for Compute Engine (formerly Velostrata) and migrate your VMs to Google Cloud Platform (GCP).
About Migrate for Compute Engine
Migrate for Compute Engine gets enterprise applications running in GCP within minutes, while data migrates transparently in the background. With Migrate for Compute Engine, enterprises can validate, run, and migrate applications into GCP without rewriting them, modifying the image, or changing management processes.
For more information on the Migrate for Compute Engine solution architecture, capabilities, and terminology, see the GCP reference architecture.
Requirements for migration with Migrate for Compute Engine
Review the requirements for migrations from VMware, AWS, or Azure.
Before deploying Migrate for Compute Engine, complete the GCP configuration steps.
Deploying the Velostrata Manager on GCP
Once GCP is configured, you can proceed with installing the Velostrata Manager by following the configuration instructions.
Preparing VMware vSphere as a source
To migrate VMs from an on-premises environment to GCP, you need to prepare vSphere for connection to GCP.
Velostrata On-Premises Backend virtual appliance deployment
To prepare for migrating your VMware vSphere VMs on-premises to GCP, the Velostrata On-Premises Backend virtual appliance has to be deployed. Only one Velostrata Backend can be registered with each Velostrata Manager. Deploy multiple pairs of backends and managers when you have multiple vSphere vCenter servers or vSphere deployments.
VMware vCenter plugin deployment
After the Velostrata On-Premises Backend virtual appliance is deployed, you need to create the Migrate for Compute Engine vCenter service account and role, then register and enable vCenter Web Client integration using the Migrate for Compute Engine vCenter Plugin.
Create a Cloud Extension using vCenter Web Client
Install one or more Cloud Extensions in GCP by following these steps.
Preparing AWS EC2 as source
If you wish to use AWS as a source, you need to first prepare your AWS environment and connect it to GCP.
Complete the AWS prerequisites before proceeding.
Preparing Azure as source
If you wish to use Azure as a source, you need to first prepare your Azure environment and connect it to GCP.
Complete the Azure prerequisites before proceeding.
Create a Migrate for Compute Engine Cloud Extension using the Velostrata Manager
Configure one or more Cloud Extensions in GCP by following these steps.
This includes creating the relevant Cloud Credentials and Cloud Details for the AWS or Azure source.
Migrate your first VM
After the Velostrata Manager and Cloud Extension are configured and operational, you're ready to start migrating VMs to Compute Engine.
Instructions for some of the most common operations can be found in the following links:
Planning VM migrations concepts.
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