For migration or Business Continuity Disaster Recover (BCDR) purposes, you can transfer your packages, AppStacks, or user Writable Volumes from On-Premises to the VMware Cloud on AWS environment using your vSphere client.

This transfer of volume is a two-step process:

From the vSphere client:
  1. Create a VM with thin provisioning and attach the volume that you want to transfer to the VM.
  2. Select the VM and export it as an OVF template from File > Export to OVF Template.
From the VMware Cloud on AWS web client:
  1. Click Actions > Deploy OVF Template.
  2. Follow on-screen instructions and when you have to select the storage format, select Thin provision.

After the virtual machine is created, browse the datastore where the OVF was exported and move the VMDK file with its metadata for a package to the appropriate default storage path which is configured on the Configuration > Storage page.

Ensure that you change the template location in the metadata file to point to the new datastore.