Hybrid Cloud Extension (HCX) Lab Manual


In this lab exercise you will learn about Hybrid Cloud Extension (HCX), Primarily this is a tool, bundled with VMware Cloud on AWS, which will allow you to bulk migrate workloads to VMware Cloud on AWS and significantly reduce the time and complexity of moving workloads into the public cloud sphere.

What is Hybrid Cloud Extension (HCX)

HCX IS GREAT! It abstracts on-premises and cloud resources and presents them to the apps as one continuous hybrid cloud. On this, Hybrid Cloud Extension provides high-performance, secure and optimized multisite interconnects. The abstraction and interconnects create infrastructure hybridity. Over this hybridity, Hybrid Cloud Extension facilitates secure and seamless app mobility and disaster recovery across on-premises vSphere platforms and VMware Clouds. Hybrid Cloud Extension is a multi-site, multi cloud service, facilitating true hybrid cloud.

Hybrid Cloud Extension Features

Any-to-Any vSphere Cloud App Mobility

• Rapidly move existing workloads from a vSphere platform to the latest SDDC

• Reduce upfront planning time for cost and resource analysis

• Accelerate cloud adoption and avoid retrofitting on-premises environment Business Continuity with Lower TCO

Business Continuity with Lower TCO

• IP and MAC address remapping is not required

• No need to retrofit existing VM environment

• Hybrid Cloud Extension provides warm and cold bulk migration, and bidirectional migration

• Hybrid Cloud Extension simplifies your operational model

Architected for Security

• Ensure highly secure tethering of private and public clouds

• Protect resources with resilient disaster recovery capabilities

• Hybrid Cloud Extension hybrid DMZ enables portability of enterprise network and security practices to the cloud

• Security policies migrate with applications High-Performance Infrastructure Hybridity

High-Performance Infrastructure Hybridity

• In-built WAN optimization is tuned for the needs of hybrid use cases

• Hybrid Cloud Extension provides agile, intelligent routing

• Traffic load balancing overlay is policy-enforced

• Multiple VM migration models (including vMotion, warm, cold) make it easy to migrate to and from the cloud without any changes

HCX - vMotion Migration

1. Open your Chrome browser and click on the HCX-vMotion bookmark

2. Click the X on the right pane to enlarge the main screen The first tab in the browser demonstrate an on-premises vCenter server.

3. Click on the second tab, this represents a second data center (This can also represent a VMware Cloud on AWS vCenter)

4. Click the first tab in the browser to go back to the on-premises vCenter.

5. Click on the VM named Mission Critical Workload 1

6. Click on the Console screen

A console window is now open for the Mission Critical Workload 1 VM, it will try to ping IP Address which corresponds to a VM in the second site.

7. Click in the tab corresponding to the second site

8. Click on the VM named TargetSite-TestVM

9. Note the IP address corresponding to this VM is the IP address that the Mission Critical Workload 1 VM on the source site is trying to ping

10. Click on the Mission Critical Workload 1 tab

• Press enter after the ping command

• Click Control-C to stop ping

• Type ping 172.16..4.2 which is this VM’s own IP address

11. Click the X on this tab to close this tab on your browser

12. Click on the first tab to go back to the on-premises vCenter

13. Click on the Actions button

14. Click on Hybridity Actions

15. Click on Migrate to the Cloud

16. Click on (Specify Destination Container)

17. Select RedwoodCluster

18. Click on Select Destination button

19. Click on (Select Storage) button

20. Select cloudStorage

21. Click (Select Virtual Disk Format)

22. Select Same format as source

23. Click on (Select Migration Type)

24. Select vMotion

25. Click Next

26. Look for the Validation is Successful message

27. Click Finish button

28. Click on the Home button

29. Click HCX in the left pane

30. Click the Migration tab

31. Notice the progress of the vMotion migration

32. Click on the Refresh tab to update the progress

33. Once progress has completed, click on the second tab to open the target site’s vCenter

34. You now see that Mission Critical Workload 1 has successfully migrated to the Target Site, click on its name

35. Click on the Console window

• You can see that the ping you left running in a previous step never stopped, successfully vMotioning the VM with zero downtime

• Press Control-C to stop the ping

36. Click on the X on the browser tab to close the console tab

Reverse Migration

37. Click on the first tab in the browser

38. Click the Migrate Virtual Machines button

39. Click the Reverse Migration checkbox

40. Click the checkbox for Mission Critical Workload 1

41. Click on (Specify Destination Container)

42. Select Tier 0 Workloads

43. Click Select Destination button

44. Click on (Select Storage)

45. Select onpremStorage

46. Click (Select Virtual Disk Format)

47. Select Same format as source

48. Click on (Select Migration Type)

49. Select vMotion

50. Click Next

51. Once Validation is Successful message appears

52. Click Finish button

53. Check the progress of the migration

54. Click Refresh button

55. Click the Home button

56. Click Hosts and Clusters button

57.. Click on the Mission Critical Workload 1 VM, you can see that the Reverse migration to the on-premises vCenter was successful

HCX - Bulk Migration

1. In your Chrome browser click the HCX-Bulk bookmark

2. Click on the X to enlarge the main screen

3. As with the vMotion module, in this example we also have a source site (on-premises) vCenter

4. Click on the second tab in the browser to view the Target site vCenter

5. Click on the tab for the on-premises vCenter

6. Click on the Home button

7. Click HCX

8. Click on the Migration tab

9. Click the Migrate Virtual Machines button

10. Select Tier 1 Workloads in the left pane

11. Click the checkbox to select all VM’s

12. Click (Specify Destination Container)

13. Select RedwoodCluster as the Destination Container

14. Click the Select Destination button

15. Click (Select Storage)

16. Select cloudStorage

17. Click (Select Virtual Disk Format)

18. Select Same format as source

19. Click (Select Migration Type)

20. Select Bulk Migration

21. Click on HelpDesk Workload 1 to see the options for this workload

22. Click on HelpDesk Workload 2 to see the options for this workload

23. Click on the sidebar to view all the options

24. Click the Next button

25. Wait for Validation is Successful message

26. Click Finish button

27. Check Progress of the migrations

28. Click Refresh button

29. Once migrations complete, click the Hosts and Clusters button

30. Click on the second tab to view the cloud vCenter

31. You can see that both workloads have successfully migrated to the Target vCenter


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