Converting from VMware or Oracle VM to Oracle Cloud Classic

When restoring a VMware or Oracle VM virtual machine from backup, you can convert the VM to an Oracle Cloud Classic instance. You can use this feature to migrate existing virtual machines running on premises to Oracle Cloud Classic, providing the following benefits:

  • Run production applications in the cloud.
  • Use cloud resources for development and test environments.
  • Use the cloud for disaster recovery.
  • Back up and restore new instances in Oracle Cloud.

You can perform VM conversions from streaming backups, from secondary copies, or, for hypervisors that support IntelliSnap, from IntelliSnap backup copies. You cannot perform a conversion from a Snap copy.

Before You Begin

VMware Source VMs

  • The source VM must reside on an ESXi host 6.0 or later.
  • Make the following changes before backing up source VMs that are to be converted:

    For Linux source VMs:

    • Remove all MAC addresses in Ethernet configuration files so that DHCP can be enabled.
    • Enable DHCP on boot.
    • Enable console logging.
    • Update the kernel version to one of the following:
      • Oracle Linux 6.7
      • Other Linux OS using Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK) Release 3 or Red Hat Compatible Kernel (RHCK)

    For Windows source VMs:

    • Enable Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) connection for the VM.
    • If environments that include a firewall, open a port for RDP connections.
    • Install Oracle VM Paravirtual (PV) drivers.

Oracle VM Source VMs

The following types of source VMs can be converted:

  • Windows guest VMs running Windows 2008 R2 or Windows 2012 R2
  • Linux guest VMs running Oracle Linux 6.6 or RHEL 6


Convert a VM to Oracle Cloud Classic by performing a restore from the backup of the source VM:

  1. From the CommCell Console, navigate to Client Computers > virtualization_client > Virtual Server > instance > backup_set.
  2. Right-click the subclient that contains the backup for the source virtual machine to convert, and then select Browse and Restore.

    The Browse and Restore Options dialog box appears.

  3. Select Full Virtual Machine.
  4. From the Restore as list next to Full Virtual Machine, select Oracle Cloud.
  5. Click View Content.

    A Client tab shows the contents of the most recent backup for the subclient.

  6. Select one or more virtual machines in the left pane.

    The configuration and VMDK files for the selected virtual machine are displayed in the right pane.

  7. Click Recover All Selected.

    The Restore Instance wizard launches and displays the Destination page.

  8. Specify the destination and the proxy to be used for the restore.
    • Virtualization Client: Select the Oracle Cloud virtualization client from the list.
    • Instance Details: This area displays the endpoint, user, and identity domain for the Oracle Cloud client.
    • Proxy Client: Select a VSA proxy running in Oracle Cloud.
  9. Click Next.

    The wizard displays the Instances page.

  10. Specify parameters for the restore:
    • Instance and Volume: This column shows information for the source instance. You can expand an instance to view volumes.
    • Change Instance display name to: Enter the new display name for the instance.

      You can also enter names for volumes. If you do not enter a name for a volume, it is named using the disk name for the source instance.

    • User: Select the user for the destination endpoint.
    • To specify additional configuration values, select an instance and click Configure under Oracle Cloud Options.

      Specify any needed changes in the Oracle Cloud Options dialog box.

      • VM Display Name: Displays the display name for the instance.
      • User: Displays the user for the destination endpoint.
      • Instance Shape: Select an instance shape that is at or above the level of the source instance.
      • Network Settings:

        Network: Select a network for the destination instance.

        Security List: Select a security list for the destination instance.

        SSH Keys: Select a predefined SSH key for the destination instance.

    • Click OK to save and close the Oracle Cloud Options dialog box.
  11. Click Next.

    The wizard displays the Restore Options page.

  12. Optional: Select restore options:
    • Power ON Instance after Restore: Select this check box to start the instance automatically after the restore is complete.
  13. Click Next.

    The wizard displays the Job Options page.

  14. Run the job immediately or configure a schedule for the restore.
  15. Click Next.

    The wizard displays a Summary page for the restore.

  16. Click Finish to submit the restore job.

Last modified: 11/22/2019 9:41:22 PM