Export virtual machines, vApps, and templates from your private data center to the external storage device. Your data is encrypted before it is written to the device, ensuring a secure transfer.

You can export data from either a vSphere or vCloud Director cloud.

During export, specify the deployment, network, and power settings for the virtual machines and vApps in the destination vCloud Air virtual data center. You can specify these settings for individual objects or for all the objects that you are exporting.

vCloud Connector appends a unique number to the name of each exported object to avoid naming conflicts. The objects appear by these unique names when they are imported into vCloud Air. For example, when you export myVM, it appears as myVM_123456 in vCloud Air. You can rename the objects in vCloud Air later.

Use these guidelines to export data.

All objects that you select for export must be powered off.

From a vCloud Director cloud, you can only export vApps. You cannot export individual virtual machines.

You can only select data of one type to export: virtual machines, vApps, or templates. For example, you cannot export both virtual machines and vApps at the same time. To export data of different types, export data of one type first, then use the Export wizard again to export data of another type.

All virtual machines, vApps, and templates are transferred to vCloud Air as vApp templates. During export, you can select the Deploy option to deploy the objects after they are exported. If you choose to deploy an object, its template is deleted after it is deployed. If you do not want the template to be deleted, select the Keep Catalog option during export.

Re-exporting an object to the disk creates a duplicate object. The previously-exported object is not overwritten.

You can export data from more than one source cloud. See Exporting Data from Multiple Clouds for information.

You have mounted the external storage device that you received from the vCloud Air operator to the vCloud Connector node associated with your private data center.

You have registered the Offline Data Transfer (ODT) node deployed in vCloud Air with your vCloud Connector server, using the node URL you received from the vCloud Air operator.

You have started vCloud Connector from the vSphere Client.

1

In the Browser panel, expand the Clouds tree and select the cloud from which you want to transfer data.

2

Click the Templates, vApps, or Virtual Machines tab based on the type of data that you want to transfer.

3

Power off each virtual machine or vApp that you want to export by selecting it and clicking the Power Off icon.

4

Select the virtual machines, vApps, or templates that you want to export.

To select multiple objects, keep the CTRL key on a PC or the CMD key on a Mac pressed while selecting objects.

The Export icon (export icon) is enabled only if all the selected objects are powered off.

The Export icon is disabled if you select a virtual machine on a vCloud Director cloud. You can only export vApps from a vCloud Director cloud.

The objects you select must be of the same type, that is, they must all be virtual machines or vApps or templates. To export data of different types, export data of one type first, then use the Export wizard again to export data of another type.

5

Click the Export icon (ODT export) at the top of the Inventory panel.

6

In the Export Wizard, type the mount path of the external storage device, then click Next.

You must specify a valid path that has write permissions.

7

If you are exporting vApps from a vCloud Director cloud, specify a catalog in the source cloud in which to store temporary vApp templates.

vCloud Connector needs to create temporary vApp templates while exporting vApps from vCloud Director. It deletes the templates after exporting the data.

Note

The Select a catalog page does not appear for the source cloud if you are exporting data from vSphere or if you are exporting templates from a vCloud Director catalog.

8

In the Cloud Details page, specify information about the vCloud Air cloud instance to which you are transferring data.

Option

Description

Cloud URL

The URL of the vCloud Director instance underlying your vCloud Air cloud instance. To get the URL, do the following.

a

Log in to the vCloud Air portal.

b

Click the virtual data center to which you want to transfer data.

c

Under Related Links, click vCloud Director URL.

d

Copy and paste the URL into this field.

VDC Org Name

The name of your vCloud Air virtual data center.

Cloud user name

Your vCloud Air user name.

Cloud password

Your vCloud Air password.

Node URL

The ODT node URL that you received from the vCloud Air operator.

9

Click Next.

If the cloud details are not valid, you get an error.

10

Select the virtual data center to which you want to transfer data.

All virtual data centers in vCloud Air are listed.

11

Select the catalog in which to store the data.

All the catalogs in the virtual data center you selected are listed.

Note

Virtual machines, vApps, and templates are always copied to vCloud Air as vApp templates.

12

Click Next.

13

Specify deployment options for the virtual machines, vApps, or templates in the destination cloud.

To specify deployment options for individual objects, select them in the table.

deployment options

a

For each object, make your selections in the Keep Catalog, Deploy, Power state after deploy, and Network columns.

Note

You must select Deploy first for the other options to be enabled.

To specify deployment options for multiple objects, select them in the fields above the table.

deployment options

a

Select all or multiple rows in the table.

b

In the set of fields above the table, select Deploy.

c

In the Power state after deploy field, select the power state for all selected objects.

d

In the Network field, select a network for all selected objects.

e

Click Apply to selected row(s).

Your selections are applied to the selected rows. You can change any of the settings individually in the table.

Option

Description

Deploy

Select this option if you want to deploy the virtual machine or vApp from the vApp template in the destination cloud.

Power state after deploy

Select Power On to power on the virtual machine or vApp after it is deployed in the destination cloud, Power Off otherwise.

Keep catalog

Select this option if you want to retain the vApp template in the catalog after the virtual machine or vApp has been deployed. If you do not select this option, the template will be deleted after the object is deployed.

Note

Virtual machines, vApps, and templates are always copied to destination vCloud Director-based clouds as vApp templates. These vApp templates are uploaded to the catalog you selected in the previous page.

Network

Select the network to which you want to connect the object in vCloud Air. All available networks are listed.

14

Click Next.

15

In the Ready to Complete page, review your settings, then click Finish.

16

Monitor the progress of the export in the Tasks panel.

There is a task for each item that is exported. You can click on a task to view its details.

vCloud Connector copies the virtual machines, vApps, or templates to the external storage device at the mount path you specified. The data is encrypted before it is written to the device and a unique encryption key is generated.

During the export process, vCloud Connector also communicates with the ODT node in vCloud Air and stores information in the ODT node, which will be used to decrypt and import the data into vCloud Air.

After you have successfully exported your data to the storage device, unmount the device from the vCloud Connector node and ship it back to the vCloud Air operator.