Migrating VSC hosts

If you used Virtual Storage Console for VMware vSphere (VSC) with SnapCenter 2.x, then when you upgrade to SnapCenter 3.0.x and later, you must migrate your VSC hosts to SnapCenter Plug-in for VMware vSphere for performing backup and restore operations on VMs and datastores.

If you are using VSC 6.x or earlier in conjunction with SnapCenter, then you must migrate your VSC hosts to SnapCenter 3.0 or later to perform backup and restore operations. Starting with VSC 7.0, the backup and recovery functionality of VMs, VMDKs, and datastores provided by the Plug-in for VMware vSphere. However, you can use the VSC 7.0 or later Appliance for storage management operations.

There are two paths of migration from VSC to the Plug-in for VMware vSphere:

Workflow for migrating VSC hosts from the SnapCenter GUI



You can only migrate one host at a time although you can run several migration jobs concurrently. If your vCenter is in Linked Mode or Enhanced Linked Mode, you must migrate each host separately.
Attention: You must migrate all the hosts in Linked Mode or Enhanced Linked Mode before beginning SnapCenter data protection operations. With linked hosts, you cannot run a mix of the Plug-in for VMware vSphere and VSC.

The migration procedure installs the Plug-in for VMware vSphere and migrates VSC backup policies, backups, and backup jobs (called resource groups in SnapCenter) so they are available for use in the Plug-in for VMware vSphere GUI in vCenter.

Attention:
  • SnapCenter 3.0 and later cannot co-exist with VSC 6.2x and earlier versions on the same vCenter instance.
  • VSC Appliance 7.0 and later can coexist with SnapCenter Plug-in for VMware vSphere 3.0 and later on the same vCenter instance, however there is no dependency between the two. You can use VSC for storage management operations and the Plug-in for VMware vSphere for backup and restore operations.
  • Check the Interoperability Matrix Tool (IMT) for information about versions that are supported by VSC and the Plug-in for VMware vSphere. For example, vCenter 5.5U2+ is supported by VSC 6.2 but is not supported by SnapCenter Plug-in for VMware vSphere 3.0.x.

    NetApp Interoperability Matrix Tool