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    As many of you know from my recent blogs, I am using Nutanix AOS/AHV for my Citrix environment. Before, I used VMware 100% for all workloads, including XenApp (Virtual Apps) and VDI (Virtual desktops). However, I needed to move the delivery controllers, Storefront, and all the Citrix Infrastructure pieces that make Citrix work to the Nutanix Cluster. At the time, I wasn't sure how to go about this. Good thing for me, Nutanix already accounted for this and has a product called Nutanix Move. Nutanix Move allows you to convert our VMware machines to a Nutanix qcow2 format. This piece of software is impressive, and it works exceptionally well. I wanted to take you through a quick run migration. The steps below will outline how to migrate a VM off VMware to Nutanix.

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    Create the image and select the environment parameters you need. Name, Storage, and then chose the Move.qcow2 appliance.

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    It is now uploading the image.

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    After it's uploaded, you can now create a VM and select the following. Notice how the image shows the "NTXMOVE" image. It will now deploy this as a VM. Select your network and the other things you would do when deploying a VM in Prism Element.

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    As you can see, the VM is created.

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    Power on the VM and open the console to configure the networking. It will ask you to provide IP address and domain information here.

     

    Example:

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    Logging in with the default username and password.

    Changing the password and updating the Static IP information. NTX Move will walk you through this.

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    Firewall Rules are needed for Nutanix Move to talk to VMware. You will need to open this up between the Hypervisor clusters.

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    Now log into the appliance through the IP. https://IPAddress.

    Add your vCenter information, so Move can connect to it and inventory the VMs.

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    Added a Prism Element environment as well so it can have a destination to migrate to.

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    Once you set up both Hypervisor clusters, now create a migration plan. Click new Migration Plan blue button:

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    Give each plan a name.

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    Give each resource it specified information.

    The source is the VM that is in vCenter. The destination is where I am moving it, which is within the Nutanix Cluster.

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    Search for the VM, and click the blue Add button, and next.

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    Select the network. Different names but same VLANS in this example.

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    VM prep, input the password of the Admin account for the Window Server that will be migrated over.

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    Now, at this time, it will do a check and make sure it has the correct permissions.

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    To get to the details on what it's doing, click In progress (its highlighted in blue).

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    To see the details, hold your mouse button on the little "i."

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    Nutanix moves API snapshots to the VM with the creds you gave from the beginning when adding the resource information.

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    Now you wait until it's completed. In my lab environment, it was about 30 minutes per server.

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    Now, it's replicating it over.

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    Check the Box and select cutover.

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    Move, Powers it off in VMware, and then Powers it on in Prism Element.

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    Creates more snapshots.

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     Nutanix Move operations.

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    As you can see, the VM is now converted.

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    The VM is up and running on AOS-Nutanix.

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    Now I will keep the old one in VMware for a while to make sure things are good on the new converted VM. This will allow me to turn it back on if I encounter issues.

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    As you can see, this is a straightforward process, and it will make your life easy. I was thrilled with the results. I hope you find this helpful when you need to do this. The concludes my Nutanix Move operations. 


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