You can migrate vCenter Server to an appliance from a machine that is in your vSphere network.
Create a snapshot of the deployment that you want to migrate as a precaution in case of failure during the migration process.
Download the installer ISO file from the VMware website to a machine that is in your vSphere network. The installer ISO filename is VMware-VCSA-all-6.5.0-yyyyyy.iso, where yyyyyy is the build number. See Download and Mount the vCenter Server Appliance Installer.
Run a Pre-Check Before a CLI Migration to vCenter Server Appliance to identify problems and refine your migration plan.
Review the optional arguments for running the migration. See Syntax of the CLI Migrate Command.
- Navigate to the software CLI installer directory for your operating system.
If you are deploying the appliance from a machine with Windows OS, navigate to the vcsa-cli-installer\win32 directory.
If you are deploying the appliance from a machine with Linux OS, navigate to the vcsa-cli-installer/lin64 directory.
If you are deploying the appliance from a machine with Mac OS, navigate to the vcsa-cli-installer/mac directory.
- Select the CLI installer: vcsa-deploy.exe.
- Run the migration command.
vcsa-deploy migrate --accept-eula optional_arguments path_to_the_json_file
The optional_arguments variable is a space-separated list of optional arguments to set additional configurations.
For example, you can set the location of the log and other output files that the installer generates.
vcsa-deploy migrate --accept-eula --log-dir=path_to_the_location path_to_the_json_file
The migration template is deployed. You can Verify Your vCenter Server Appliance Upgrade or Migration Is Successful.