Getting started with Migrate for Compute Engine

Introduction

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.

About Migrate for Compute Engine

Migrate for Compute Engine gets enterprise applications running in Google Cloud within minutes, while data migrates transparently in the background. With Migrate for Compute Engine, enterprises can validate, run, and migrate applications into Google Cloud 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 Google Cloud reference architecture.

Requirements for migration with Migrate for Compute Engine

Review the requirements for migrations from VMware, AWS, or Azure.

Google Cloud configuration

Before deploying Migrate for Compute Engine, complete the Google Cloud configuration steps.

Deploying the Velostrata Manager on Google Cloud

Once Google Cloud 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 Google Cloud, you need to prepare vSphere for connection to Google Cloud.

Velostrata On-Premises Backend virtual appliance deployment

To prepare for migrating your VMware vSphere VMs on-premises to Google Cloud, 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.

See detailed instructions.

VMware vCenter plugin deployment

After you deploy the Velostrata On-Premises Backend virtual appliance, you'll 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.

See Deploying the vCenter plugin.

Create a Cloud Extension using vCenter Web Client

Install one or more Cloud Extensions in Google Cloud 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 Google Cloud.

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 Google Cloud.

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 Google Cloud by following these steps.

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:

Getting help

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