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Acronis to Migrate VM to Amazon EC2 – How to perform?

by | Jun 20, 2021

Wondering how to use Acronis to Migrate VM to Amazon EC2? We can help you.

Here, at Bobcares, we assist our customers with several AWS queries as part of our AWS Support Services.

Today, let us see how to migrate a physical or a virtual machine into an Amazon EC2 instance.


Acronis to Migrate VM to Amazon EC2

In order to begin, our Support Techs suggest us to :

  1. Create an Amazon S3 bucket to store images we export or an existing bucket.
  2. Create an IAM role and name it vmimport.
  3. AWS CLI on the computer to run the import commands.


Migrate Machines to Amazon EC2

In order to migrate a VM to Amazon EC2 instance our Support Techs suggest the steps below:

1. Initially, we ensure the machine meets prerequisites for Amazon EC2 import.

2. With Acronis Cyber Backup, we create a backup of the machine we wish to migrate.

3. Then we restore the backup to a new virtual machine:

We select VMware ESX(i) or Hyper-V as a hypervisor, to restore to Amazon EC2

4. Later, we export the recovered virtual machine as an OVA file or VHD.

5. Finally we import the machine to Amazon EC2 either by Amazon Web Service command-line interface or with the AWS Management portal.


Use the VM Import/Export Tools

With VM Import/Export there are several ways to import the virtual machine into Amazon EC2.

The first method is to import the VM image using the AWS CLI tools.

To do so, our Support Techs suggests the following methods:

  • Firstly, we download and install the AWS Command Line Interface.
  • Then we verify if the VM satisfies the prerequisites for VM Import, prepare it for import, and export it from its current environment as an OVA file.
  • With AWS CLI, we upload the VM image to S3. For better performance, we do Multi-part uploads.
  • Once done, we use the ec2 import-image command to import the VM. In addition, we specify the licensing model and other parameters for the image we import.
  • Then to monitor the import progress, we use the ec2 describe-import-image-tasks command.
  • Once done, we use the ec2 run-instances command to create an Amazon EC2 instance from the AMI generated during the import.

On the other hand, if we use the VMware vSphere virtualization platform, we use the AWS Management Portal for vCenter. It provides a simple graphical user interface to import virtual machines.

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In short, we saw how our Support Techs migrate a VM to Amazon EC2.


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