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How can I import an existing virtual machine into the Foreshore vCloud?


There are two methods that a customer may import an existing virtual machine (or machines) into their virtual datacentre:

  1. Uploading an OVF through the vCloud Portal
  2. Foreshore assisted VMware VM transfer (chargeable) 

Uploading an OVF through the vCloud Portal

Resource Pool & PAYG customers (but not Virtual Instance customers) can upload an OVF directly into  their virtual datacentre using the vCloud  portal at http://mycloud.foreshore.net.  Customers are responsible for converting their current VM to OVF format, by  clicking the upload button under Catalogs > My Organizaion Catalogs > vApp Templates. 

Foreshore assisted VMware VM migration (chargeable) 

As an additional chargeable option, customers with any of the vCloud IaaS types (Resource Pool, PAYG, or VI) may import VMware Virtual Machines into  their virtual datacenter with the assistance of Foreshore.  Foreshore  currently support three methods  for customer to provide the VM files to be imported  to Foreshore. Foreshore only supports importing VMware virtual machine files and requires the full set of VM files, not just the VMDK or VMX file. 

These methods are:

(1) Via FTP to the Foreshore Data Transfer server. We require that the VM files are contained within a TruCrypt volume.

(2) Via USB drive, which we will insert into the Foreshore Data Transfer server. We require that the VM files are contained within TruCrypt volume.

(3) Via a customer supplied NAS drive, which we will connect to a transfer network. It is necessary that the NAS drive be configured with specific IP settings prior to delivery to Foreshore, and be mountable by Windows 2008 R2. The NAS drive should be configured as follows:

IP Address statically configured in this range : 10.250.250.10-99
Mask : 255.255.255.0
Gateway : 10.250.250.1

(4) Via a customer supplied vSphere 5 ESXi host. VMs located on the local disk of an ESXi host may be exported. We require that the management interface of the host to be preconfigured with specific IP settings prior to delivery to Foreshore. We will also require root credentials for the host. The ESXi host should be configured as follows:

IP Address statically configured in this range : 10.250.250.10-99
Mask : 255.255.255.0
Gateway : 10.250.250.1

Once the VM files have been delivered to Foreshore by one of these methods, Foreshore will then import the virtual machine into your  virtual datacenter. The VMs will appear in separate vApps, powered off and not connected to any network. Foreshore will advise you once the VMs are successfully imported. The time taken to import virtual machines will depend upon the number of VMs and the size of their disks. 

Please contact Foreshore for more information on these options.



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Last Modified:01/08/2013 10:00:30

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