VMware has released a series of new blogs highlighting various procedures to manipulate virtual machines in a vCloud environment. These blogs are useful for IT administrators looking to understand how to properly operate a vCloud solution. To support Dell customers, I am taking some of that content for a look at how to move workloads from a private vCloud to a hybrid vCloud.
Step 1: Download and Install the vCloud Connector
The application is available as a download on the vCloud Connector page with installation instructions for server and node deployments. The diagram below from the VMware Installation and Configuration Guide details the architecture of vCloud Connector.
Step 2: Add the Hybrid vCloud & Authenticate
Once you have installed the vCloud Connector appliances, you will need to configure your external hybrid cloud to allow workload transfer. The diagram below from the VMware blog shows the information necessary to authenticate to your hybrid cloud for workload transfer.
Step 3: Move Virtual Machine Workloads b/w Clouds
Now that you have the hybrid cloud connected to your private cloud, you can simply select the workloads to move from or to the hybrid cloud. All virtual machines must be stopped when moving between clouds.
In the diagram below, I show the data transfer process as detailed in the VMware Installation and Configuration Guide.