August 2013 was Automation Month at the Building Clouds Blog!

Augomation? Autogust? Augustomania? Whatever you call it, with 16 Automation Track / Automation Track adjacent posts, it was Automation’s month to shine. You may have not even realized it – heck, I don’t think we did… The Posts… If you have been keeping up, fantastic! If you haven’t, well, we have a bunch of links… Read more

MAT 1.5 is available (now with NIC recreation!)

I am happy to announce that MAT 1.5 is now available. Grab your copy now:  The Migration Automation Toolkit (MAT) 1.5 brings a large number of improvements over the previous MAT and also puts the MAT and the MAT (Powered by Project Shift) at a feature parity. This means that the most asked about enhancement… Read more

MAT (Powered by Project Shift) Part 2 – Networking

Welcome to the next installment of the MAT4Shift blog series.  As a reference, the first article is linked up below.  In part 2 of this series we are taking a deep dive in to how and why we perform migration of network settings when moving the VMs between platforms. MAT (powered by Project Shift) (Part… Read more

MAT (powered by Project Shift)

Can’t we convert faster? The most common complaint I hear when working with customers who are converting VMs from a VMware platform is that it’s slow. Now for many customers technologies like MVMC or SCV2V are great. They are easy to use and provide relatively quick results. These customers have some flexibility in their migration… Read more

MAT 1.3.1 Update

  Just a quick post to let everyone know that MAT 1.3.1 has been posted. Every now and then we need to bring the train back into the station and grease up those axles. This version has a few minor changes but is mostly about getting the MAT 1.3 Installation and Usage Guide out there…. Read more

MAT-Architecture Overview

I’ve been getting questions about the overall architecture of MAT and then specifically how the PowerShell functions work together. Of course, it’s all right there in the scripts, but it would probably take you a while to sort through the 2,000 or so lines of code. So in the spirit of trying to make the… Read more

MAT – More is better. Multi-server conversions

When I introduced the MAT last post, I didn’t spend much time discussing how to convert using multiple servers. So I better get to it. This post details how to configure the MAT to use multiple machines to convert at the same time (let’s call these “Helpers”). Using the MAT on many servers is pretty… Read more

Meet MAT – the Migration Automation Toolkit

Introducing the MAT MAT, meet the blogosphere. Blogosphere, meet MAT. There, that was easy. In my earlier posts I’ve talked a lot about migration and automation. In my V2V series I covered lots of ways you might go about automating your conversions using VMM’s V2V. Helpful, right? Well, today, I will do you one better…. Read more

The Top 10 Reasons You Should Attend our Sessions at MMS 2013!

Trying to decide which sessions to attend at the 2013 Microsoft Management Summit?  There are a lot of great options this year, and here are ten reasons we think you should check out the sessions hosted by the authors of the Building Clouds blog… You’ll get to learn all about the Fundamentals of Building Clouds… Read more

Automating VM Migration – VMM and V2V (Part 3)

In my last post we covered some ways of removing VMware Tools from your VMs so that your conversion would go more smoothly. Next we need to tee up the conversion by getting the VMs to the VMM Library so that we can start our V2V. Getting the VM to the VMM Library Before VMM… Read more