Migrating from Physical to Virtual Environment

Hi All,

We currently have a Physical Orion Server setup with HA and we wish to port this solution over to a Virtual Environment on VMware hopefully using P2V keeping the Server Names / IP Addresses the same.

Is there any working documentation that shows what the proper process to follow is?

Currently our thinking is as follows.

1. Fail our Primary NPM / APE / SQL databses over to our HA Servers.

2. De license the products on our Primary NPM / APE servers.

3. P2V these physical servers to our VM environment.

4. Re license the products on our Primary NPM / APE servers now running on VM's.

5. Fail the HA servers back to the Primary Servers now running on VM's.

6. De license the product on our HA servers.

7. P2V the HA physical servers to our HA environment.

8. Re license the products on our HA servers

Does this sound like a valid solution using the HA solution to minimise system downtime?

Is there a better way to do it, or is there a proper way to do it?

Has anyone else done this before and what issues did you encounter?

Someone mentioned casually that you can't P2V Orion as there is some server specific certificate preventing this, is that true?

Any help would be appreciated.

 can you assist perhaps?

  • If the hostname and IP addresses remain the same on the new virtual machines, then there is no need to do anything other than the P2V migration. There are no known issues I'm aware of that would require you to deactivate and then reactivate your licenses for this process to complete successfully. 

  • Hi

    Our plan has slightly changed in that we no longer are going to P2V the machines but instead build a clean VM and re-install all of the products again, but as before using the same IP and Hostname.

    Would the original plan listed above still work, i.e. fail over to HA nodes and then delicense the 'old primary', re-install the products on the new VM primary and then relicense the products and then fail back to new primary VM and do the same with the standby ones?

  • I would recommend starting with the 'standby' HA member. 

    1. Break the High Availability Pool

    2. Shutdown the 'passive' member

    3. Install a new HA backup on a new VM and join it to the Pool

    4. Failover to the new server

    5 Repeat the process for the other member of the pool.

    This process should provide minimal downtime with the least amount of effort. 

  • thanks for the advice, only thing i'm unsure of is do i still have to de-activate the licensing on the main poller and relicense again once its all on a VM, or should i not have to do this?