Your 2018 New Years’ Resolution: Migrate Windows vCenter to vCSA

As the end of the year quickly approaches, planning projects and budgets for 2018 are popping up on your docket. While you and your company are preparing your New Year’s resolutions, make sure Windows migration is your top priority! In this week’s vBlog, Vince Rightley talks shifting from Windows vCenter to vCSA and how it’s as simple as 1, 2, 3.

What does VMWare have to say?

What is vCSA? describes vCSA as,

While many VMware products can share the sandbox and some toys with Windows, overall VMware has no interest in developing applications to run on the Windows OS. Hence, VMware has gradually made marked improvements to their vCenter server appliance, or vCSA, which is an Linux appliance, and includes its own built-in database, server, and security features. vCSA is currently in version 6, which comes with a number of enhancements over version 5, as well as some much-needed bug fixes.”

Why do we want to migrate?

which platform? vmware vcenter server windows linux

Around August of last year it was announced that the next full release of vSphere will be the last version of Windows support. They want you to use this vCenter appliance. But if you’re steadfast in your ways, you’re probably not ready or don’t want to migrate. Then let vSphere do it for you! In version 6.5 of vSphere there is a migration assistant and a migration tool. They’ve made it easy! But don’t wait until the end of the year to do it- plan it out now so you have time.

How do we migrate?

The Migration Assistant will allow you to do some pre-checks to see what is going on and what migrating will look like.
It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3.

1st- open installer. You’ll see 2 folders that are both vSphere 6.5 vCenter deployment. One is a command line interface and the other is a user interface. We want the user interface.

2nd- Once in the user interface you will see three versions you can operate under; Linux, Mac and/or Windows. Today we are going to be looking at installment for Windows. Within Windows are another four options; Installment, Upgrade, Migrate and Restore. We obviously want to migrate!

3rd- From there, migration is phased into two stages: Deploy Appliance and Migrate Source Windows Server. Stage 1 will deploy the appliance and pull all of your data from the existing vCenter server that you have on Windows and pull that over. From there it’s “plug-n-chug” and you implement your own information based on your system.

About This Instructor:

Vince Rightley’s first exposure to computers was in back in the 1960’s with Atari computers and a 9” RCA TV as a monitor. His first PC was a Zenith Data Systems with the “enhanced” storage package, he was told he would never run out of storage….128 MB. Vince is a Microsoft Certified System Administrator (MCSA) and is now a VMware Instructor for StormWind Epic Live, teaching the VMware Horizon and vSphere courses. Vince received a degree in Computer Technology from Purdue University. While taking classes he was also adjunct faculty at Purdue teaching Introduction to Computers and Quantitative Analysis. Vince’s career has taken him from the trenches to the front of the classroom when he became a VMware Certified Instructor.

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