This checklist describes end to end the requirements and configurations needed for migration using the VMware Hybrid Cloud Extension (HCX).

Requirement

Description

Networking speed

Migration with vMotion using HCX requires a minimum of 100 Mbps throughput between source and destination.

On-premises vSphere version

  • For vMotion: vSphere 5.5, 6.0, 6.5

  • For bulk migration: vSphere 5.0, 5.1, 5.5, 6.0, 6.5

  • For cold migration: vSphere 5.5, 6.0, 6.5

On-premises virtual switch configuration

vSphere Distributed Switch

Cisco Nexus 1000v

vSphere standard switch

Installation of VMware HCX Manager in the on-premises data center

Install and configure the VMware HCX Manager appliance as described in "VMware HCX Manager Installation" in https://hcx.vmware.com/content/docs/vmware-hcx-user-manual.pdf.

Establish the HCX Interconnect with you SDDC

Pair the VMware HCX Manager with your VMware Cloud on AWS SDDC as a remote site as described in "Building the HCX Interconnect" in https://hcx.vmware.com/content/docs/vmware-hcx-user-manual.pdf.

L2 VPN

Extend a network from your on-premises datacenter to your VMware Cloud on AWS SDDC as described in "Extending Networks with VMware HCX" in https://hcx.vmware.com/content/docs/vmware-hcx-user-manual.pdf.

VMware Cloud on AWS firewall rules

Create firewall rules to open the ports used by HCX as described in "HCX Network Ports" in https://hcx.vmware.com/content/docs/vmware-hcx-user-manual.pdf.

On-premises firewall rules

Create firewall rules to open the ports used by HCX as described in "HCX Network Ports" in https://hcx.vmware.com/content/docs/vmware-hcx-user-manual.pdf.

Virtual machine hardware and settings

Ensure that these requirements are met for virtual machine hardware.

  • Virtual machine hardware version 9.

  • EVC is not supported in the VMware Cloud on AWS SDDC.

  • VMs that are created in the cloud SDDC or that have been power-cycled after migration to the cloud SDDC can't be migrated back to the on-premises data center with vMotion unless the on-premises EVC baseline is Broadwell. You can relocate these VMs after powering them off, as long as their virtual machine hardware version is compatible with the on-premises data center.

The following virtual machines are not supported:

  • VMs with hard disks larger than 2TB.

  • VMs with shared .vmdk files.

  • VMs with virtual media or ISOs attached.