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New Spin on Workloads

Novell Open Enterprise Server 2
Workload Protection and Migration with PlateSpin

Written by Ken Baker

Optimal workload execution and asset use requires the ability to easily move your different workloads as needed—whether from physical to physical, or physical to virtual environments. And to ensure continuous operation and the safety of your valuable data, you also need to provide the proper levels of protection for those workloads. To enhance your capabilities in these areas, PlateSpin Migrate, PlateSpin Protect and PlateSpin Forge from Novell will soon extend their migration and protection capabilities (currently supported on Windows, SUSE Linux, and RedHat Linux) to include workloads running Novell Open Enterprise Server 2.

As a workload portability solution, PlateSpin Migrate automates the movement of your Novell Open Enterprise Server workloads between physical servers, and virtual hosts.

Migrate Novell Open Enterprise Server Workloads

In the past, if you wanted to move a Novell Open Enterprise Server workload to a virtual environment, you would essentially have to rebuild that workload from scratch. The new platform support in PlateSpin Migrate eliminates that rebuild work, giving you an industry-proven tool for testing, migrating and rebalancing all your workloads on your different host environments.

As a workload portability solution, PlateSpin Migrate automates the movement of your Novell Open Enterprise Server workloads between physical servers, and virtual hosts. The major strength of PlateSpin Migrate is its ability to completely decouple a workload from its underlying server hardware. This enables seamless movement from physical to virtual hosts—as well as between physical hosts with different hardware, even to new, bare metal servers.

PlateSpin Migrate delivers hardware-independent migrations by automatically configuring a server’s workload on the fly with driver, kernel and other necessary changes that allow it to operate properly on its target environment. It leverages a driver database of over 55,000 hardware drivers and also gives you the ability to add your own custom drivers. This wide array of hardware and platform support, combined with the addition of Novell Open Enterprise Server 2 to its broad multi-OS support, ensures you can perform workload migrations from anywhere to anywhere, whether for physical to virtual server consolidations, virtual to virtual workload migrations, virtual to physical workload de-virtualizations, or physical to physical hardware migrations.

To migrate a Novell Open Enterprise Server workload, you must first discover the source and target of your migration from within the Novell PlateSpin Migrate console. This requires that you provide either a host name or IP address for your source and target hosts. Once discovered, you simply click Move Workload, and the migration wizard will guide you through the process of migrating your workloads. This process includes the following core steps:

  1. Select your source and target servers and click Start Wizard. (See Figure 1.)
  2. Provide administrator-level account credentials for both the source and target servers. If desired, you can click the Test button to make sure the credentials you supply work.
  3. Mark the appropriate transfer method. For Novell Open Enterprise Server workload migrations, the method should be Take Control, which is a cold migration process.
  4. If cloning a workload for a provisioning operation rather than simply migrating a workload, you can next select the Host Name option and change the host name of your workload to be cloned.
  5. Next, you’ll be presented with the Networking configuration page, which lets you examine the workload’s existing network settings, such IP address and DNS.
  6. For virtual targets, pre-configure the virtual machine on the VM Configuration page with the name of your target virtual machine as well as its CPU, storage and memory settings.
  7. Select which drives will be part of your migration on the Volume page. You also have the option on this page to increase or decrease the drive size the workload will use on the target host after being migrated.
  8. If desired, on the Post Conversion page you can add a script to perform an action you want included as part of the migration process.
  9. For more granular control of your migration job, click the Advanced button. From the Advanced Job Configuration dialog you can select the Schedule tab to configure a job in advance and then schedule it to run at a later time.
    (See Figure 2.) From the Notifications tab you can configure it to e-mail you regarding the status or progress of a migration. With notifications turned on, it will also alert you to migration failures or completions. From the Advanced dialog you can also configure settings for your license keys and temporary network settings that you might want to use during the transfer.
  10. Click Start to initiate the migration.

Protect Novell Open Enterprise Server Workloads

With the upcoming update to PlateSpin Protect and PlateSpin Forge, you’ll also gain the ability to safeguard your Novell Open Enterprise Server workloads—along with your Windows and Linux workloads—all from a single point of control. PlateSpin Protect and PlateSpin Forge both replicate your server workloads in to warm standby virtual machines, so you can easily recover their data, applications and operating systems in the event of an outage or some other disaster. In minutes, the replicated workloads can temporarily be powered on in a virtual environment, allowing the workloads to provide their normal services and operations until your production environment is restored.

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