Converting from VMware to Google Cloud Platform

When you restore a VMware virtual machine from backup, you can restore the VM as a Google Cloud Platform instance.

You can use this feature to migrate virtual machines to the Google Cloud Platform.

You can perform VM conversions from streaming backups, from secondary copies, or from IntelliSnap backup copies. You cannot perform a conversion from a Snap copy.

Before You Begin

  • Create a virtualization client for the Google Cloud Platform service account.
  • Ensure that VirtIO SCSI controller drivers are installed on guest VMs before before performing backup that are used for conversion.
  • Prepare source VMs for conversion, and then perform a new backup operation to provide the source data for the conversion.
  • Conversion is supported for the guest operating systems supported by Google Cloud platform.


  1. From the CommCell Browser, expand Client Computers > virtualization_client > Virtual Server > VMware > backup_set.
  2. Initiate the restore from a subclient or backup set:
    • From a subclient: Right-click the subclient and then select Browse and Restore.
    • From a backup set: Right-click the backup set, point to All Tasks, and click Browse and Restore.
  3. In the Browse and Restore Options dialog box, ensure that Full Virtual Machine is selected, and then select Google Cloud from the Restore as list.
  4. Click View Content.
  5. From the list of backed up instances in the Client tab, select one or more instances to be restored and click Recover All Selected.

    The Restore Instance wizard opens.

  6. On the Destination page, specify the destination and the proxy to be used for the restore.

    By default, the restore operation is performed using the preferred VSA proxy for the virtualization client.

    • Virtualization Client: To restore to a Google Cloud Platform service account, select the virtualization client from this list.
    • Instance Details: Displays the user account and project ID for the selected virtualization client.
    • Proxy Client: By default, the VSA proxy that performed the backup is used for the restore. If you change this value, the proxy client must reside on the destination service account. 

      Only proxies that match the type of the virtualization client are displayed.

  7. Click Next.
  8. On the Instances page, specify parameters for the restore:
    • Instance and Disk: This column shows the source instances with disks underneath each instance.

      Expand an instance to display the disks.

    • Change Instance display name to: Enter the new display name for the instance.
    • Zone: Click in the row for the instance, browse to select the destination zone, and then click OK.
    • Google Cloud Options: Select one or more instances and click Configure.

      The Google Cloud Options dialog box appears.

      You can view or modify the following information for the selected instances:

      • VM Display Name: Displays the name of the destination instance.
      • Zone: Select a zone for an out-of-place restore.
      • Machine Type: Select a machine type for an out-of-place restore.

        The machine type must be equivalent to the type of the source instance or a higher type.

      For Network Settings:

      • External IP: If a public IP address is not required on restored instances, clear this selection. By default, a public IP address is assigned to Google Cloud Platform instances during restores.
      • Network Interface: Browse to select an available network connection for the destination zone.
  9. Click Next.
  10. Optional: On the Restore Options page, select restore options:
    • Power ON Virtual Machine after Restore: Select this check box to start the instance automatically after the restore is complete.
    • Unconditionally Overwrite VM with the same name: Select this check box to overwrite any existing instances with the same names in the target location.

      If you do not select this check box when restoring an instance to a location that has an instance with the same name, the restore fails.

  11.  Click Next.
  12. On the Job Options page, run the job immediately or configure a schedule for the restore.
  13. Click Next.
  14. On the Summary page, click Finish to submit the restore job.

Last modified: 6/5/2020 1:24:30 PM