The migration path from Windows vCenter Server to the vCenter Appliance has just got a whole lot more official, after the VCSA migration tool gets it’s official release.
Formerly only available as a Fling, the newly GA’d Windows vCenter Server to vCenter Server Appliance Migration Tool provides an officially supported upgrade and migration path from a Windows vCenter 5.5 deployment to a vCenter Server Appliance 6.0 Update 2m. Now if you’re about to rush off and find update 2m for your existing 6.0 deployment then hold fire, 2m is identical to Update 2 in terms of the vSphere code base with the only addition being the migration tool itself, installing this version is for migration only (can you guess what the ‘m’ stands for??)
Currently, the tool only allows you to upgrade/migrate from vCenter Server 5.5 but a straight migration tool from vCenter Server 6.0 to VCSA 6.0 is touted to be in the offing.
You can take your existing separated SSO and vCenter servers to an external PSC and vCenter deployment, or your combined vCenter and SSO to a VCSA with embedded PSC. The tool also supports migration from internal and external SQL (Express and Full) and Oracle databases, migrating all and sundry over to an embedded PostgreSQL database in your new vCenter appliance.
You can also choose whether to migrate just your vCenter inventory, or your inventory plus all Performance/Task/Event data along with it, which is an impressive touch.
The migration tool created a lot of buzz in Las Vegas when VMworld rolled into town with the #migrate2vcsa hashtag one of the more popular to spring from the event, along with it’s own range of supporting #migrate2VCSA merch championed by VCSA guru Emad Younis and sported by (among others) William Lam of Virtuallyghetto fame. I mean if these guys AND Yoda think it’s a good idea then disagree we must not??!
Yoda aside, there is now very little excuse and very little reason to spend a Windows license on your vCenter server, credit to VMware to throwing everything behind luring users away from the Dark Side to the Force of their Linux appliance- if nothing else when they pick a route they certainly stick to it so get ready to jump on board.
For full details of the new release see the VMware vCenter Server 6.0 Update 2 Migration Release Notes
Any questions or still have nagging doubts? There’s a fairly hefty FAQ to allay all your fears
To pick up the release itself, head to MyVMware.com