vCOps to vROps Migration

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With vROps just around the corner, I am getting a lot of questions around how the migration of all that hard work that was done in vCenter Operation Manager 5.x to vRealize Operations 6 will work. Well, quite easily.

 

Note: this procedure will not work if your vCOps is not updated with version 5.8.1 or above. If it’s not, just go to VMware website and download the latest PAK update file.

My two buddies’, Sunny and Iwan also have started their own blog post series around vROps so I highly recommend you to check it out as well.

The purpose of this migration procedure is to show how vCOps collection and analytics data, super metrics, custom dashboards and other related configurations can all be easily migrated into vROps.

The first steps are pretty straightforward. After you finished with vRealize Operations Appliance deployment, go to vROps URL, choose “New Installation” and continue with the installation wizard.

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Once your first vROps node is online, login and start the configuration wizard. In order to import all our vCOps data select the “Import Environment” option and continue with the wizard.

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At this point vROps cluster will start the initial configurations. After it has finished, click the “Start vRealize Operations Manager” button.

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Login vROps for the first time and continue with the configuration wizard.

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Now for the fun part, select the “Import Environment” option.

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Notice that after you’ve entered the source address (your vCOps instance), a warning will pop saying you need to install a migration agent.

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An informative screen, showing all your vCOps stats you need to know before continuing with the import process, will appear. As you can see, my vCOps is deployed with minimal hardware configuration.

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Another cool thing about the import process is the “Solutions” (known as “Adapters” in vCOps) comparison.

In my lab environment I have both Hyperic and LogInsight adapters deployed. This cause the import wizard to alert me that I can deploy those Solutions in my new vROps environment, which at this point I will skip.

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After finishing with the configurations wizard, the data import will start. Now, I should warn you that this can take some time, after all vROps is now coping all the data from your existing vCOps infra. In my case, this took about 25 minutes to complete but I have only around 6GB worth of data.

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Once the import process has finished, log in to vROps and check out the “old-new” data and configurations that was imported from vCOps.

My custom dashboards:

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My Super Metrics:

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My Custom Groups:

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Data collected from my lab domain controller virtual machine:

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No doubt, super easy migration  🙂 

7 Comments

  1. Thanks for this – but two questions – when did you turn off vC Ops? And when the migration was finished, how quick did your old data show up in the vR Ops UI?

    Michael

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