Server Questionnaire

2.1 Migration Approach

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2.1.1

Will workload migration be scheduled and governed by the IT staff, the workload owners, or another party?

2.1.2

Who will define the workload types and migration scenarios?

2.2 Change Management

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2.2.1

Briefly describe the change management process that will govern workload migrations.

2.2.2

How will workload migrations be subjected to change management controls?

2.2.3

What is the lead-time and approval needed for a workload migration?

2.2.4

What is the change window (or maintenance window) during workload migrations? (Multiple answers allowed, based on workload type, for example, 2 A.M. to 5 A.M. for prod servers; 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. for dev. servers).

2.2.5

Who will be responsible for entering and approving change controls for workload migrations?

2.3 Migration Personnel

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2.3.1

Who do you wish to perform the actual workload migrations?

In-house IT staff
A certified Microsoft Partner
<Partner> Services (onsite)
<Partner> Services (offsite)

Multiple answers permitted.

2.4 Support

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2.4.1

Who currently provides support for virtualized workloads i.e. In-house IT Staff or a managed service partner?

2.4.2

How can that support be contacted if needed during the migration?

During business hours?

After business hours?

2.4.3

Who will support any pre- and post- workload migration activities?

2.4.4

Is there an escalation path to get to a subject matter expert (SME) in the event the Helpdesk cannot assist?

2.5 Licensing

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2.5.1

Do you currently own licenses for:

Windows Server 2012 R2
System Center 2012 R2
SQL Server 2012 (Standard or Enterprise)

2.5.2

Are you licensed for usage of VMware vCenter servers?

2.5.3

What is the status of your support agreement or Enterprise License Agreement?

2.5.4

When is existing licenses support agreement next up for renewal?

3    Technology Architecture
3.1 Overall Environment

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3.1.1

How many data centers are in scope for this engagement?  Please define the role of each data center, for example, primary, D.R., regional, per LOB, and so on.

3.1.2

What is the network connectivity between each data center?  Describe the wide area network (WAN) connectivity used. Include descriptions of network bandwidth and redundant router use.

3.1.3

Will workloads be migrated from one data center to another as part of the migration process?

3.1.4

How is the connectivity between on-premises locations and data center(s) being achieved?

Leased line
Internet connection
Virtual Private Network (VPN)

3.2 VMware Environment

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3.2.1

What is the total number of virtual workloads that will be in scope for migration?

3.2.2

Can you provide any architectural diagrams or maps of your VMware environment?  (If so, please attach to this document)

(In vCenter, Home…Management…Maps)

3.2.3

What versions of vCenter do you have deployed and approximately how much of each?

Earlier than Version 3.5
Version 4.0
Version 4.1
Version 5.0
Version 5.1
Version 5.5
Other version not listed here

3.2.4

What versions of VMware ESX or ESXi do you have deployed and approximately how much of each?

Earlier than Version 3.5
Version 4.0
Version 4.1
Version 5.0
Version 5.1
Version 5.5
Other version not listed here

3.2.5

Can you provide a detailed inventory report for each vCenter server in your environment? It should contain:

Host
Number of central processing unit (CPU) and cores
Memory (total and used)
Physical network adapters and any teaming
Datastore connections
vSwitches and network names
Storage adapters and types (FC drive, iSCSI, and so on)
Virtual machine
Virtual machines name
Guest operating system type
Virtual machine version
Power state
Provisioned space and used space
Provisioned CPU and memory settings
VMware tools status (Running or Current?)
IP address
IP address type (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) or static)
Datastore name
Network name
Number of attached disks and type (SCSI, IDE)

Important Note: if you cannot provide all of this data, please provide as much as possible and make note of what is not available.

3.2.6

What is the average number of virtual machines deployed per ESX host?

3.2.7

Is VMware Site Recovery Manager deployed in the environment?

3.2.8

Are any VMware virtual machines configured with Raw Device Mappings?

3.2.9

Are any of the virtual machines participating in a session and application virtualization configuration? (that is, Microsoft Remote Desktop Data Services (RDS), Microsoft RemoteApp, Citrix Presentation Servers, or Citrix XenApp).

3.2.10

Please list and describe any other VMware tools used in your environment.

3.3 Hyper-V Environment

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3.3.1

Do you currently have Hyper-V installed?

If “No”, skip to the next section.

3.3.2

Can you provide any maps or reports of your Hyper-V inventory or environment?

3.3.3

What versions of Hyper-V do you have?

Windows Server 2008 R2—full operating system or core

Windows Server 2012—full operating system or core

Windows Server 2012 R2 —full operating system or core

Hyper-V 2008 R2 Server

Hyper-V 2012 Server

Hyper-V 2012 R2 Server

3.3.4

How many Hyper-V clusters are deployed? How large are the clusters? For example, how many nodes?

3.3.5

How many stand-alone Hyper-V servers are deployed?

3.3.6

Are the ESX and Hyper-V nodes on the same network subnet?  Describe the network connectivity between the ESX hosts and Hyper-V hosts.

3.3.7

Is capacity available in the Hyper-V environment to support all of the migrated VMware virtual machines?

If not, please discuss the plan to ensure adequate resources in the Hyper-V environment?

3.4 Azure IaaS Environment

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3.4.1

Do you currently have an Azure subscription for IaaS capabilities?

3.4.2

Do you have a Hybrid Cloud established?

3.4.3

Do you have System Center or other management tools in place or planned to manage workloads running in Azure IaaS?

3.4.4

Do you know the I/O throughput from your datacenter to Azure storage?

3.4.5

Do you currently have Amazon Web Services, EC2 or any other Amazon service in your environment?  Do you have any other IaaS platforms in use?

3.4.6

What number or percentage of workloads will be migrated from the on-premises datacenter to Windows Azure? What is the typical VM size in terms of Cores, Memory & Storage?

3.4.7

What number of percentage of workloads will be migrated from a public cloud provider to Windows Azure? What is the typical VM size in terms of Cores, Memory & Storage?

3.5 Management Environment

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3.5.1

Do you use the following on your environment?

Microsoft Active Directory Domain Services (Active Directory (AD)DS)

Microsoft Domain Name System (DNS)

Microsoft DHCP

3.5.2

If you have Hyper-V in your environment, is it currently managed by System Center System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM)?

3.5.3

Which System Center components are installed in your environment and what version?

Virtual Machine Manager (VMM)

Operations Manager

Orchestrator

Service Manager

App Controller

Configuration Manager

Data Protection Manager (DPM)

3.5.4

Do you have your data center configured and managed as a Private Cloud? Does it provide:

Self service

Broad network access

Shared Resource Pools (multi-tenancy)

Elasticity of scale resources

Service Measurement

3.5.5

Other than System Center, what tools are used to manage the environment? What exactly do they manage?

3.6 Storage

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3.6.1

How is ESX storage configured? Is it shared storage, direct-attached storage (DAS), or other?

3.6.2

How exactly are the hosts/clusters connected to the storage? (iSCSI, Fiber Channel, other?)

3.6.3

Can you provide a diagram of the VMware data stores and the connection to each Virtual Center Server? What is the overall topology of the storage infrastructure for the data center environment?

DAS
SAN
Shared
Tiered

3.6.4

How is the Hyper-V storage configured or planning to be configured? Describe any current storage investments that are expected to be leveraged in the new environment.

3.6.5

Are the Hyper-V cluster(s) sharing the same storage backend as the VMware cluster(s)?

3.6.6

Do you have any SANs?  How many and what equipment/vendor? Describe the connectivity. iSCSI, Fiber Channel, and so on.

3.6.7

If Storage Area Networks (SAN) are used, are any advanced features being leveraged?

Deduplication
Thin provisioning

3.6.8

Do you use replication mechanisms to duplicate data on backup SAN?

3.6.9

Are the VMware ESX Servers and Hyper-V servers connected to the same storage controller? Or are they planned to?

3.7 Network

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3.7.1

Please provide any network infrastructure diagrams, which should include the link speeds between physical locations in reference to the Virtual Datacenter (VMware and Hyper-V).

3.7.2

Describe the data center network infrastructure.

Network bandwidth

Do you implement a network interface card, switch redundancy?

3.7.3

Are you able to provide VPN connectivity to external resources (if necessary) to perform migrations? If so, what is the process to request it?

3.7.4

What network equipment and connectivity are used?

3.8 Backup and Disaster Recovery (DR)

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3.8.1

What are the business continuity or site availability requirements for the migrated workloads?

3.8.2

What tools are currently used for workload backups? What is the backup policy (Daily, Weekly & Monthly)?

3.8.3

What is the final destination of those backups? Tape, off-site, Vendor, or cloud?

3.8.4

What tools will be used for backups after workload migrations?

3.8.5

What will be the final destination of those backups? Tape, off-site, Vendor, or cloud?

3.8.6

Are critical workloads replicated to a disaster-recovery (DR) site?

3.8.7

How will migrated workloads be replicated to a DR site?

3.8.8

Is there a defined period when backups are scheduled to take place?

3.9 Integration

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3.9.1

Please describe any other tools used in your environment that may be affected by a workload migration.

3.9.2

Please describe any tools that are monitoring your VMware environment and workloads

3.9.3

Are there any configuration management database or service desk tools in the environment?

3.9.4

Are there any other enterprise management products in the environment that may be affected by a migration? For example:

Scheduling software

Service management software

Change or release management software

Service desk software

Asset management software

Do you require any notification or messaging into any existing management system at different stages of the migration? If so, please explain.

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