Documentation forSolarWinds Observability

Collector Data Migration Tool

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Use the Collector Data Migration Tool to migrate data from Hybrid Cloud Observability to a different Hybrid Cloud Observability or Network Collector instance. The tool configures the new instance so that you can start polling the monitored entities (nodes, interfaces, volumes, credentials, hardware health, virtualization, or applications) immediately with no additional user interaction.

Limitations

The tool is only available as an interactive application.

Only specific data is migrated to the target Network Collector.

It might take some time for the data to be available on the Network Collector:

  • Entity statuses might appear in Network Collector after up to 5-10 minutes after the migration
  • Entity properties might appear in Network Collector after up to 30 minutes after the migration
  • Topology details might require up to 60 minutes to compute after the migration

What can be migrated

  • Network devices - nodes, including pollers and custom properties
  • Volumes, including pollers
  • Interfaces, including pollers and custom properties
  • Hardware health
  • Asset inventory
  • SAM applications, including custom properties
  • SAM components

Installation

No installation is necessary.

  1. Contact Support to get the tool as an archive (PortXDataMigrator.zip)

  2. Extract the archive.

  3. Verify that Serilog.Sinks.File.dll in the extracted folder is unblocked. If the file is blocked, Data Migrator will not start and you will find a message in the Windows Event Log.

    1. Right-click the Serilog.Sinks.File.dll file and select Properties.

    2. Select the Unblock box and save your settings.

  4. Run the PortXDataMigrator.exe file as an Administrator.

Migrate data from a Hybrid Cloud Observability instance to a Network Collector

  1. On the target Network Collector machine, open the tool by running the EXE file from the PortXDataMigrator archive as an Administrator.

  2. Click Settings and define the source instance (where you want to migrate the data from) and the target network collector instance.

  3. In Source, specify the following:

    • Host Name: Type the host name or IP address of the deployment where you want to migrate data from. Usually, this is the Hybrid Cloud Observability main polling engine.
    • HCO User Name, HCO Password: Type the credentials you use to log in to the source web console. Your user account needs to have administrator privileges.
  4. In Target, specify the following:

    • Host Name: type the host name or IP address of the deployment where you want to migrate data to. If you are running this file on the target Network Collector, type localhost.
    • HCO User Name, HCO Password: type the credentials you use to log in to the target web console. Your user account needs to have administrator privileges.
  5. Click Test connections. If the provided credentials and host definitions were correct, a Connection established message will be displayed in appropriate section (Source or Target). If the entered data was not correct, a red message in appropriate will inform you about it.

  6. Click OK to exit Settings.

  7. Back on the Data Migrator screen, review the devices that were discovered.

    • If you want to migrate all of them, click Migrate.

    • If you want to migrate only specific devices, select the Select specific nodes to be imported box, select nodes to be imported and click Migrate.

The nodes will be migrated to the collector.