AXP to UCS-E migration guidance?

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    Created by: Pablo Carlier on 06-05-2013 05:52:26 AM
    Hi team,
    What support or documentation can we get to migrate an existing AXP environment into UCS-E?
    Any guidance will be appreciated.
    Kind regards,
    Pablo.
     

    Subject: RE: AXP to UCS-E migration guidance?
    Replied by: Brett Tiller on 06-05-2013 04:49:28 PM
    Hi Pablo,

    We don't have a specified migration guide; however, you'll find that UCS-E will be much easier to use than AXP for creating a virtualize environment on the server and porting your application to it.  UCS-E does require that you have one of these servers: E140S, E140D, E160D plugged into a 29xx, 39xx or 4451 router.  On UCS-E you can directly install an OS or VMware ESXi.  Documentation and relevant files are available at http://developer.cisco.com/web/ucse/documentation

    Many partners are leveraging ESXi because it supports multiple VMs.  Assuming you're familiar with the product the steps are fairly straight forward.
    1.  In the router configure the UCSE interface.
    2.  Install UCS-E onto the server.
    3.  Install ESXI via UCS-E CIMC KVM.
    4.  Configure ESXI host IP.
    5.  Log into ESXI host via ESXI client.
    6.  Create your VM, install the OS into the VM, and configure the OS IP.
    7.  Install your application into the VM.
    8.  You're done!
     
    Thanks,
    Brett

    Subject: Re: New Message from Brett Tiller in Unified Computing System E-Series Serv
    Replied by: Pablo Carlier on 08-05-2013 09:11:45 AM
    Hi Brett.

    How can I guide my customer into transforming the AXP platform into a VM? We would appreciate some guidance in how to mirror the OS and environment they have on the AXP module into a VM.

    Thanks a lot!

    Pablo.

    On 06/05/2013, at 23:49, Cisco Developer Community Forums <cdicuser@developer.cisco.com>
    wrote:

    > Brett Tiller has created a new message in the forum "Technical Questions": -------------------------------------------------------------- Hi Pablo,
    >
    > We don't have a specified migration guide; however, you'll find that UCS-E will be much easier to use than AXP for creating a virtualize environment on the server and porting your application to it.  UCS-E does require that you have one of these servers: E140S, E140D, E160D plugged into a 29xx, 39xx or 4451 router.  On UCS-E you can directly install an OS or VMware ESXi.  Documentation and relevant files are available at http://developer.cisco.com/web/ucse/documentation
    >
    > Many partners are leveraging ESXi because it supports multiple VMs.  Assuming you're familiar with the product the steps are fairly straight forward.
    > 1.  In the router configure the UCSE interface.
    > 2.  Install UCS-E onto the server.
    > 3.  Install ESXI via UCS-E CIMC KVM.
    > 4.  Configure ESXI host IP.
    > 5.  Log into ESXI host via ESXI client.
    > 6.  Create your VM, install the OS into the VM, and configure the OS IP.
    > 7.  Install your application into the VM.
    > 8.  You're done!

    > Thanks,
    > Brett
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    > To respond to this post, please click the following link: or simply reply to this email.

    Subject: RE: AXP to UCS-E migration guidance?
    Replied by: Brett Tiller on 08-05-2013 01:53:59 PM
    Hi Pablo,

    Assuming the partner is using AXP 1.5.1 or higher, the default OS installed in the AXP Virtual Instance is a stripped down version of CENT OS 5.2 .  Most likely the partner had to port over libraries into this enviroment to get their application working.  Rather than trying to mirror the AXP virtual instance,  a simpler and much easier approach that can be employed with UCSE is that after the partner creates a virtual machine via the ESXI client, is to install the same OS on which they developed their application.  This way no porting of libraries is required - a huge time saver!  For example if they developed their application on Ubuntu, they would then find and download the Ubuntu OS from www.ubuntu.com.  They then install the OS into the VM, and finally install their application and everything should work - no porting required.
     
    Thanks,
    Brett

    Subject: RE: AXP to UCS-E migration guidance?
    Replied by: Pablo Carlier on 23-05-2013 10:14:49 AM
    Thanks Brett.
     
    I assume this is the same when using the SRE-710 platform, right?
    1. Install the SRE module into the router.
    2. Configure the module interface.
    3. Install SRE-V.
    4. Register the VMware license.
    5. Use vSphere to manage virtual machines.
     
    Thanks a lot!

    Subject: RE: AXP to UCS-E migration guidance?
    Replied by: Brett Tiller on 24-05-2013 07:18:54 PM
    Hi Pablo,
     
    Yes, that's correct.
     
    Thanks,
    Brett

    Subject: RE: AXP to UCS-E migration guidance?
    Replied by: Pablo Carlier on 03-09-2013 07:47:50 AM
    Hi Brett.

    What can we do to migrate those routers that have SRE710 with the AXP container to SRE710 with SRE-V and a VM?

    Is there any way we can download the SRE-V container and deploy the VM? Is there any commercial migration offering from the BU?

    Thanks again!
    Pablo.

    Subject: Re: New Message from Pablo Carlier in Unified Computing System E-Series Ser
    Replied by: Brett Tiller on 03-09-2013 04:40:07 PM
    Hi Pablo,

    We don't have a direct migration path from AXP to SRE-V.  However, using SRE-V is much easier than AXP.  I've provided some details below of the difference, use and migration suggestions.

    AXP is a different architecture than SRE-V in that AXP uses VServer to create virtual instances (VI) and includes a stripped down version of Cent OS as the default OS of each VI.  As you may know you also need to package and port your application into this OS or follow the steps required to create your own User specified Linux environment.

    Conversely SRE-V embeds VMware's ESXI release so VMware handles the virtualization which is quite different than VServer.  In ESXI you have a GUI Client in which you can create a VM, install your desired OS and then install your application.  No porting is required because you can install the operating system on which you developed your products.

    In terms of migrating your data from AXP, assuming that you've provided shell access to your virtual instance on AXP, using 'curl' you could ftp your data files from the VI to your workstation.  Then in your VM on ESXI you could copy these files with your application into the VM.  Another option for copying files from your AXP virtual instance might be to use rsync which is described in the AXP Developer Guide in section 'Rsync'.   You can download the AXP Developer Guide from http://developer.cisco.com/web/axp/documentation .

    Thanks,

    Brett Tiller
    Developer Support Engineer
    http://developer.cisco.com/web/srev
    http://developer.cisco.com/web/ucse
    http://developer.cisco.com/web/avc

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    Subject: New Message from Pablo Carlier in Unified Computing System E-Series Servers (UCSE) - Technical Questions: RE: AXP to UCS-E migration guidance?

    Pablo Carlier has created a new message in the forum "Technical Questions": -------------------------------------------------------------- Hi Brett.

    What can we do to migrate those routers that have SRE710 with the AXP container to SRE710 with SRE-V and a VM?

    Is there any way we can download the SRE-V container and deploy the VM? Is there any commercial migration offering from the BU?

    Thanks again!
    Pablo.
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    To respond to this post, please click the following link: or simply reply to this email.

    Subject: RE: Re: New Message from Brett Tiller in Unified Computing System E-Series
    Replied by: Pablo Carlier on 04-09-2013 09:57:50 AM
    Thanks Brett,

    We are familiar with the options of moving from the old AXP module to the new platforms.
    Our question is regarding the SRE-based AXP software container, not the original HW AXP module.

    Will they be able to repurpose their current SRE, that has the AXP software container that "emulates" the AXP module, and change it to an SRE-V platform?

    We need to provide an answer to them with regards to this. If not, they will have half of their installed base with SRE modules running the AXP container, and the other half with SRE modules running in SRE-V mode. It's preferrable to consolidate in a single operation model.

    Thanks again!

    Subject: RE: AXP to UCS-E migration guidance?
    Replied by: Brett Tiller on 04-09-2013 03:55:22 PM
    Hi Pablo,

    Since the discussion is no longer about UCS-E Series servers, and has shifted to AXP/SRE-V migration I've copied this topic to that forum.  I've posted my response there under topic 'Migrating from AXP to SRE-V'.  Here's a direct link to it:  http://developer.cisco.com/web/srev/community/-/message_boards/message/18928984?p_p_auth=6YJlJwn7 .  I'll remove this conversation shortly.

    Thanks,

    Brett