vRealize Automation NSX-V to NSX-T migration enables you to take advantage of the NSX-T Data Center Migration Coordinator from within the constructs of vRealize Automation. While the migration process is primarily run in the vRealize Automation environment, there are several interconnected actions within the process that involve both the vRealize Automation administrator and the NSX administrator working together to share information.

You can migrate your VMware NSX Data Center for vSphere (NSX-V) to VMware NSX-T Data Center (NSX-T) by using the prescriptive vRealize Automation NSX-V to NSX-T migration assistant in vRealize Automation. The migration assistant consists of a getting started page and sequential migration plan pages.

Each source NSX-V cloud account requires a separate migration plan in the vRealize Automation NSX-V to NSX-T migration assistant.

By migrating your NSX-V cloud accounts and their related objects to NSX-T, you can take advantage of the many enhanced features and functions of NSX-T itself and as integrated within vRealize Automation.

While you work with the migration plan in vRealize Automation, there is a point in the process where the vRealize Automation administrator and the NSX administrator must share files with one another as input to, and output from, the NSX-T Data Center Migration Coordinator utility. The migration plan on-screen help informs you when you and the NSX administrator need to communicate with one another to share the needed files. The following diagram illustrates the basics of this administrator relationship within the migration process workflow.

Overview of NSX and vRA admin-related tasks in V2T the migration process.

The vRealize Automation NSX-V to NSX-T migration assistant is available for migrating NSX-V cloud accounts and their related objects to NSX-T within your current vRealize Automation release. It is not available for migrating NSX cloud accounts from one vRealize Automation release to another.

This guide is meant for use with the vRealize Automation NSX-V to NSX-T migration assistant and its prescriptive migration plans. Use this guide to supplement the on-screen instructions provided in the vRealize Automation NSX-V to NSX-T migration plan on-screen guidance.

For information about the related NSX-T Data Center Migration Coordinator utility, see NSX-T Data Center Migration Coordinator Guide.

For more information about the benefits of migrating to NSX-T, see the Migrate to VMware NSX-T product page and What's New in NSX-T.

Understanding supported topologies

The following topologies are supported and available for migration.

Note:

vRealize Automation supports migration of NSX-V objects to NSX-T release 3.1.1 or later objects. It does not support migration of NSX-V objects to NSX-T release 3.1.0 or earlier objects. vCenter 7.0 or greater is also required.

  • On-demand routed networks (no services)
  • On-demand routed networks (DHCP only)
  • On-demand private networks (DHCP)
  • On-demand security groups
  • Existing security groups
  • On-demand one-armed load balancers on existing networks
  • Existing networks
  • On-demand and existing security groups (together)
The following topologies are not currently supported. If the assessment step in the migration plan encounters any of these topologies, it generates a validation error and prevents the object from being migrated.
  • On-demand routed networks (no services, shared T1)
  • On-demand routed networks (with DHCP and one-armed load balancer)
  • On-demand inline load balancers on existing networks
  • On-demand inline load balancers on on-demand networks
  • Existing security tags
  • Outbound networks

For related information about supported topologies, see Topologies Supported for Integration with vRealize Automation in the NSX-T Data Center Migration Coordinator Guide in the NSX-T product documentation.

Running data collection if NSX-V and vCenter objects were migrated from vRealize Automation 7.x to vRealize Automation 8.x

If any deployments in your vRealize Automation environment were migrated from vRealize Automation 7.x to vRealize Automation 8.x, you must run data collection on their NSX-V and vCenter cloud accounts before you create an NSX-V to NSX-T migration plan. This step is needed to data collect additional information about migrated resources, such as load balancers.

Accessing the vRealize Automation NSX-V to NSX-T Migration Assistant

This section provides and overview of the migration process.

Open the vRealize Automation NSX-V to NSX-T migration assistant from the cloud services console.
  1. Using your vRealize Automation administrator credentials and migration role privileges, log in to your vRealize Automation - Cloud Services Console and click the vRA Migration Assistant service tile.

    Select the vRA Migration Assistant tile on main cloud services landing page.

  2. Click Getting Started from the NSX V2T Migration menu. Review the information on the Getting Started page to gain an overview of the process. For more information, see Getting started with vRealize Automation NSX-V to NSX-T migration.

    A screenshot of vRealize Automation landing page with Services tab and the vRA Migration Assistant tile highlighted.

  3. When you are ready to start the migration, click Migration Plan from the NSX V2T Migration menu and then click New Plan.

    A screenshot showing selection of the Migration Plans and New Plan options.

  4. The migration plan wizard provides the sequential instruction you need to advance through each step in the process. For more information, see Creating and running the vRealize Automation NSX-V to NSX-T migration plan.

    Displays the new plan page with the 7 steps that are explored later in the documentation.

More information

In addition to this overview, the instruction provided in this guide, and the content in the vRealize Automation NSX-V to NSX-T (NSX V2T) Migration assistant itself, see VMware blog post Automating NSX-V to NSX-T Migration with vRealize Automation 8.3 and its accompanying video to learn more about the NSX-V to NSX-T migration process.