Alibaba Cloud Migration Tool: Server Migration Center

What Is It and What Does It Offer?

Talking about trends, one such trend is migration to cloud. Cloud migration is simply a process of moving digital business to cloud. Migration could be from on-premises, from legacy infrastructure to the cloud or in cases of organizations already on other cloud platforms, it is a move to Alibaba cloud as their primary cloud provider.

How Does It All Work?

The Alibaba cloud migration tool records all the necessary data after it is deployed on the source server. After you prepare an Alibaba account, the evaluation process starts. This lets you select what you wish to migrate. The next step is to setup a data relay station that is an ECS instance started by the migration tool. The migration tool then generates a custom image, based on the recorded snapshot that includes your operating system data, the applications and data stored on your source server.

Illustration of the Migration process using Alibaba Cloud Migration Tool Img. 0.1

Prerequisites to Migration using the Alibaba Cloud Migration Tool

  • Make sure you have created an Alibaba account and your account is configured with all permissions to receive the custom image created.
  • If you are migrating servers to mainland China, your real-name verification must be completed.
  • A credit card with adequate balance must be added to your Alibaba Cloud account. To create an account please visit the Alibaba Cloud website.
  • RAM users must have read and write access granted by the Alibaba Cloud account owner.
  • Make sure the snapshot service is enabled in the ECS console, to capture the snapshot of data and configuration to be migrated.
  • The Source server is prepared for migration process.

How to Prepare the Source Server for Migration?

Your source server must be configured to access the following:

Migrating to Alibaba Cloud

The Alibaba Cloud Migration tool is available for Windows and Linux. You can go ahead and download it from this file

  • I386–32-bit operating system
[2020-07-25 13:04:21]     [Info]   =======Goto Aliyun Client 1.5.2.3. =======
[2020-07-25 13:04:21] [Info] Goto Aliyum Begin...
[2020-07-25 13:04:21] [Info] Check User Config...
[2020-07-25 13:04:21] [Info] Load Client Config...
[2020-07-25 13:04:21] [Info] Get OS Info...
[2020-07-25 13:04:22] [Info] Client Check ...
[2020-07-25 13:04:24] [Info] Gen SSH Key...
[2020-07-25 13:04:25] [Info] Prepare ECS...
[2020-07-25 13:04:26] [Info] Check Resource [cn-hangzhou]...
[2020-07-25 13:04:26] [Info] Create Server Instance [ecs.n1.small]...
[2020-07-25 13:04:30] [Info] Wait For Server ECS...
Stage (0/3) ECS Status: Stopped, time 5s
[2020-07-25 13:04:35] [Info] Server ECS Is Created!
[2020-07-25 13:04:35] [Info] Allocate Public Ip Address...
[2020-07-25 13:04:35] [Info] Start Server Instance...
Stage (0/3) ECS Status: Running, time: 23s
[2020-07-25 13:04:58] [Info] Server ECS Is Running!
[2020-07-25 13:04:58] [Info] Connect to Server Testing, Please wait (600s max)…
Stage (0/3 Connect Test Count : 3, time: 24s
[2020-07-25 13:05:22] [Info] Connect to Server Successfully!
[2020-07-25 13:05:29] [Info] Init Disk 0…
[2020-07-25 13:05:32] [Info] Do Rsync Disk 0…
[2020-07-25 13:05:32] [Info] Rsync Testing, Please wait (600s max)…
Stage (1/3 Rsync Test Count : 1, time: 1s
[2020-07-25 13:05:33] [Info] Rsync Test Successfully!
Stage (1/3 Rsync Size : 1.2GB, progress : 100.11%, time: 2m20s
[2020-07-25 13:07:53] [Info] Do Rsync Disk 0 Successfully!
[2020-07-25 13:07:53] [Info] Do Grub…
[2020-07-25 13:08:08] [Info] Stop Server Instance…
[2020-07-25 13:08:08] [Info] Query Server ECS Status…
Stage (2/3) ECS Status : Stopped, time 23s
[2020-07-25 13:08:31] [Info] Server ECS Is Ready to Create Image!
[2020-07-25 13:08:53] [Info] Prepare To Create Image…
[2020-07-25 13:08:53] [Info] Query Disk 0…
[2020-07-25 13:08:53] [Info] Create Snapshot 0…
[2020-07-25 13:08:54] [Info] Create Snapshot 0 Successfully!
[2020-07-25 13:08:56] [Info] Query Snapshots Progress…
Stage (3/3) Snapshots accomplished, total: 100%, time 2m25s
[2020-07-25 13:11:18] [Info] Create Image…
[2020-07-25 13:11:19] [Done] Create Image Successfully!
[2020-07-25 13:11:20] [Info] Server ECS Is Released!
[2020-07-25 13:11:20] [Done] Goto Aliyun Finished! 7m10s
Enter any key to Exit…
  • Create an ECS instance by using the custom image

Server Migration Center (SMC)

Alibaba Cloud has always been a flagbearer of technological advancement. Alibaba cloud platform has supported migration across platforms and has offered its tool for an automated experience for the user.

What’s Next?

We will discuss the overview of On-premise to Cloud Migration and Application Migration scenario and how Alibaba Cloud services can make you achieve productivity better. Stay Tuned!

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