When restoring VMware virtual machines from backup, you can choose to restore the VMs to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.
You can use this feature to migrate existing virtual machines running on premises to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, providing the following benefits:
Run production applications in the cloud.
Use cloud resources for development and test environments.
Use the cloud for disaster recovery.
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
The proxy for the conversion must be an instance running in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, and must reside in the availability domain where the destination instance is being created.
Add a hypervisor for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.
Add required permissions for the OCID tenant and user.
For information about the restore options for the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure destination, see Options for Conversion to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.
VMware Source VMs
If a VMware source VM uses Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) boot firmware, you cannot convert the VM from VMware to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.
Make the following changes before backing up source VMs that are to be converted:
For Windows source VMs, perform the following operations:
Enable Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) connection for the VM.
In environments that include a firewall, open a port for RDP connections.
For Linux VMs that have more than one volume, perform the following operations:
Ensure that paravirtual drivers are included as described in Preparing Linux VMs for Conversion.
Enable serial console access on the VM.
For more information, see Preparing a Custom Linux Image for Emulation Mode.
Install the iSCSI initiator (iscsidm) on the VM, if it is not installed already.
If yum is the package manager used, the command is:
sudo yum install iscsi-initiator-utils
Convert a VM to Oracle Cloud by performing a restore from the backup of the VMware source VM:
From the navigation pane, go to Protect > Virtualization.
The Virtual machines page appears.
On the Hypervisors tab, click the hypervisor.
The hypervisor page appears. The VM groups area displays summary information for any existing VM groups.
In the VM groups area, click Restore for the VM group that contains the virtual machine.
In the Select restore type page, select Full virtual machine to restore one or more full virtual machines.
In the Restore page, expand the tree on the left and select the objects to be restored on the right. Select an item or click on an entry in the Name column to browse within an item.
In the top right corner of the page, a "Showing" message indicates what backup data is being displayed. You can click the down arrow beside this message and select any of the following options:
Show latest backups: Only display data for the most recent backups.
Show backups as of a specific date: Only display data up to the date you specify.
Show backups for a date range: Only display data within the data range you specify.
Click Submit to run the restore job.