Running Your First VM in Cloud

Pre-requisites

No pre-installation is required for migration of Windows virtual machines (see release notes for supported versions).

If the virtual machine you select runs a Linux, you will need to first install the pre-requisite Velostrata preparation RPM package and its dependencies.  visit Deploying Velostrata Prep Package for Linux Virtual Machines page to obtain the specific package and for installation instructions.

 Wait for the Cloud Extension to be marked Active in the Datacenter summary page, in the vCenter Web Client.

You can now perform an end-to-end trial run of the system by selecting a virtual machine and running it in the cloud.

Select a virtual machine designated for test purposes.

  1. Right-click the Virtual Machine, select  Velostrata operations > Run in Cloud. A wizard appears.
  2. In the wizard, select the Velostrata Cloud Extension you have created. Click Next.
  3. Select the GCP VM Size for the workload. Click Next.
  4. For Storage policy, leave the default selection (Write back). Click Next.
  5. Select a Subnet for the workload. Click Next.
  6. Review the Summary page and then click Finish.
  7. Notice that the VM icon in the virtual machines inventory changesand it will be marked as managed by Velostrata.
  8. To monitor the run-in-cloud task progress, navigate to the Virtual Machine summary page and review the Cloud Instance Information portlet. Wait for the Remote Console probe to show Ready.

Refer to the Velostrata User Guide for detailed instructions on Velostrata VM Operations.

Access the VM in cloud

To access the VM, now an instance running in GCP, we will need to make use of the jump server or PC you have prepared earlier with a static route to the VPN gateway.

  1. Login or connect to the jump server using RDP.
  2. RDP to the running instance on GCP using its FQDN (if dynamic DNS updates are enabled on the DNS server) or its Private IP address as shown in the Cloud Instance Information portlet.
  1. Once logged into the virtual machine now in GCP, you may browse around, run your preferred test applications, or for example, create a test file on the desktop which you can inspect after moving the machine back on-premises, to experience the write-back feature.
  2. You may review performance metrics for your virtual machine when running in cloud by selecting the Monitoring page in vCenter for the virtual machine , selecting the Cloud Instance tab, and then inspecting the various graphs shown, such as IOPS, IO latency, and so on. Additional monitoring graphs are available in the Datacenter > Monitoring > Velostrata Service tab. These statistics are at the Velostrata Cloud Extension level, and aggregate metrics across all virtual machines running in cloud using this Cloud Extension.

Run the VM back on-premises.

  1. In vCenter, right-click on the virtual machine, then select Velostrata operations > Run on Premises. A dialog appears. Read through the on-screen notes and confirm the operation.
  2. When the Run on Premises task is complete, the virtual machine no longer appears as managed by Velostrata, and remains shut down. Start the virtual machine.
  3. When the virtual machine is back online, connect to it using RDP or its virtual console, and verify that all changes made while running in cloud are in place.

The Velostrata system is now ready for your PoC activities. We recommend that you work with a Velostrata sales engineer or a support representative to effectively plan your use PoC use cases, evaluation goals and success criteria.