Create and manage credentials

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As part of your data collection process, you need to define one or more credentials that Migration Center Collector can use to access your assets.

A credential provides a simple way to access parts of your infrastructure that share the same credentials. Migration Center Collector uses this credential to access all the assets attached to it, unless you specify different credentials for an individual asset.

This page describes how to create a credential and add assets to it.

Create a credential

With Migration Center Collector, you can scan OS, vSphere, and database assets, and you can specify a different credential type according to the assets you want to add.

OS credential

To create a new OS credential in Migration Center Collector, follow these steps:

  1. Click Add Credentials.
  2. Select OS Scan, then click Configure to enter the details.
  3. Enter the name of your credential, then select one of the credential types available.
    • No Credentials: you must specify credentials for each individual asset.
    • Username & Password: applicable to both Windows and Linux collections.
      • Enter domain accounts as DOMAIN\USERNAME.
      • Enter local accounts as .\USERNAME.
    • SSH Key / Certificate (Linux only): you can SSH into a Linux machine with a certificate-based authentication instead of using a username and password combination. Select a previously uploaded certificate, or upload a new private key in the PEM format.
  4. In the Schedule group section, keep the default Auto-schedule On to allow Migration Center Collector to gather data at regular intervals.
  5. Optionally, you can select Advanced Options to customize the days and hours when you want Migration Center Collector to gather data. By default, all days and hours are selected.
  6. Click Add credential to finish.

vSphere credential

To create a new vSphere credential in Migration Center Collector, follow these steps:

  1. Click Add Credentials.
  2. Select vSphere Scan, then click Configure to enter the details.
  3. Enter the name of your credential.
  4. Enter your vSphere host or IP, username and password.
  5. In the Schedule group section, keep the default Auto-schedule On to allow Migration Center Collector to gather data at regular intervals.
  6. Optionally, you can select Advanced Options to customize the days and hours when you want Migration Center Collector to gather data. By default, all days and hours are selected.
  7. Click Add credential to finish.

Your vSphere assets must satisfy the minimum requirements described in Requirements for machines and databases scanned.

Database credential

To create a new database credential in Migration Center Collector, follow these steps:

  1. Click Add Credentials.
  2. Select Database Scan, then click Configure to enter the details.
  3. Enter the name of your credential, then select one of the following database types:
    • SQL Server
    • MySQL
    • PostgreSQL
    • Oracle
  4. Enter the username and password for your database.
    • If you select SQL Server as database type, choose if you want to use Windows login credentials in the format domain-name\login-name, instead of database credentials.
    • If you select Oracle as database type, choose if you want to connect as SYSDBA user.
  5. In the Schedule group section, keep the default Auto-schedule On to allow Migration Center Collector to gather data at regular intervals.
  6. Optionally, you can select Advanced Options to customize the days and hours when you want Migration Center Collector to gather data. By default, all days and hours are selected.
  7. Click Add credential to finish.

Add assets to a credential

After you create a credential, add your assets to it, and Migration Center Collector will start collecting data for your assessment.

You can add physical and virtual machines to an OS Scan credential, or you can add databases to a Database Scan credential. For more details, see how to add machines to an OS Scan credential and add databases to a Database Scan credential.

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