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Migration to Specified CVM

Last updated: 2022-07-12 15:54:02


    This document describes how to migrate the system and applications from a source server in your IDC or a cloud platform to the specified CVM instance through the online migration in the console.


    The source server can be a physical server, a virtual machine, or a cloud server on another cloud platform, such as AWS, Google Cloud Platform, VMware, Alibaba Cloud, or Huawei Cloud.



    • You have a Tencent Cloud account.
    • If you want to use a sub-account to perform migration in the console, you need to log in to the CAM console with the root account and associate the QcloudCSMFullAccess policy with the sub-account.
    • You can create a key and obtain the SecretId and SecretKey in API Key Management.
    • Click here to download the compressed migration tool package.
    • Stop applications on the source server to prevent existing applications from being affected by the migration.

    Data Backup

    • Source server: You can use the source server snapshot feature or other methods to back up data.
    • Destination CVM: You can create a snapshot or use other methods to back up data.

    Getting migration tool

    Click here to obtain the compressed migration tool package.

    Checking Before the Migration

    Before migration, you need to check the source server and destination CVM separately as detailed below:

    Linux source server
    1. Check and install Virtio. For more information, see Checking Virtio Drivers in Linux.
    2. Run the which rsync command to check whether Rsync is installed, and if not, install it as instructed in How do I install Rsync?.
    3. Check whether SELinux is enabled, and if yes, disable it as instructed in How do I disable SELinux?.
    4. After a migration request is made to the Tencent Cloud API, the API will use the current UNIX time to check the generated token. You need to make sure that the current system time is correct.
    Destination CVM
    1. Storage space: The cloud disks (including the system disk and data disk) of the destination CVM must offer sufficient storage space for saving data from the source server.
    2. Security group: Port 443 and port 80 cannot be restricted in the security group.
    3. Bandwidth setting: It is recommended that you maximize bandwidths at the 2 ends to speed up the migration. During the process, the traffic consumed is approximately the amount of data migrated. Adjust the billing mode before the migration if necessary.
    4. OS consistency: If the OSs of the source server and destination CVM are inconsistent, the created image may be inconsistent with the actual OS. We recommend that the OS of the destination CVM be the same as that of the source server. For example, to migrate a CentOS 7 source server, select a CentOS 7 CVM as the destination.
    • You can use tool commands such as sudo ./go2tencentcloud_x64 --check to automatically check the source server.
    • By default, the go2tencentcloud migration tool automatically performs checks upon launch. To skip checks and perform forced migration, configure Client.Extra.IgnoreCheck to true in the client.json file.
    • For more information on the go2tencentcloud migration tool, see Compatibility and Tool Configuration Description.

    Starting migration

    1. Download or upload go2tencentcloud.zip to the source server and run the following command to enter the corresponding directory.
      i. Run the following commands in sequence to decompress go2tencentcloud.zip and enter the directory.
      unzip go2tencentcloud.zip
    cd go2tencentcloud

    ii. Run the following commands in sequence to decompress go2tencentcloud-linux.zip and enter the directory.

    unzip go2tencentcloud-linux.zip
    cd go2tencentcloud-linux

    The files in the go2tencentcloud directory will not be migrated. Do not place the files to be migrated in this directory.

    1. (Optional) Exclude files and directories on the source server that do not need to be migrated.
      If there are files or directories on the Linux source server that do not need to be migrated, you can add them to the rsync_excludes_linux.txt file.

    2. Import the migration source.
      i. For example, on a 64-bit Linux source server, execute the following command in sequence as the root user to run the tool.

      chmod +x go2tencentcloud_x64
    sudo ./go2tencentcloud_x64

    Enter the SecretId and SecretKey of the account API access key obtained in Prerequisites and press Enter as shown below:

    If the information in the following figure is displayed in the window of the migration tool, the migration source has been imported to the console successfully, and you can go to the console to view it:

    You can log in to the CVM console and enter the online migration page to view the imported migration source, whose status is Online as shown below:

    If "Import source server successfully" isn't displayed, the migration source failed to be imported, and you can view the log (which is the logs/log file in the migration tool directory by default) for troubleshooting. Then, run the migration tool to import the migration source again.


    After the migration source is imported successfully, don't close the migration tool in the instance until the migration task is completed; otherwise, the migration task can't be completed after the migration source becomes offline.

    1. Go to the online migration page in the CVM console to create a migration task.
      i. Log in to the CVM console, go to the online migration page, and click Create Migration Task on the right of the desired migration source.
      ii. In the Create Migration Task pop-up window, configure the task as instructed in Migration Task Configuration Description.
      For example, to migrate a Linux source server to a CVM instance in the Guangzhou region of Tencent Cloud, you can configure the migration task as shown below:
    2. Start the migration task

      You can skip this step if your task is scheduled, which will automatically start running at the scheduled execution time.

      After creating a migration task, you can click the Migration Task tab to view the task as shown below: You can click Start/Restart on the right of the task to start it, click OK in the pop-up window, and the task status will become Migrating as shown below:
    3. Wait for the migration task to end
      After the migration task status becomes Successful, the migration is completed successfully as shown below:

    Checking after the Migration

    • If the migration fails, check the error information in log files (under the migration tool directory by default), operation guides, or FAQs about Service Migration for troubleshooting methods. After troubleshooting, click Restart under the operation column to restart the migration task.
    • If the migration is successful, check whether the destination CVM starts up normally, whether data on the destination CVM is consistent with that on the source server, and whether the network and other system services are normal.

    If you have any questions or the migration has an exception, see FAQs about Service Migration or Contact Us.

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