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  • Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Bring Your Own Image of Windows Server to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

By: Andy Corran | Principal Product Manager

We continue to extend on our lift-and-shift capabilities with the Bring Your Own Image (BYOI) feature in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. We already provide BYOI for UNIX VM operating systems (OS's), and now we are closing the gap to enable customers with Windows VM workloads. Our latest release supports the following virtualized Windows Server images in emulation mode and is Generally Available from today.

  • Windows Server 2016 Datacenter
  • Windows Server 2016 Standard
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard
  • Windows Server 2012 Datacenter
  • Windows Server 2012 Standard
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard

The following image formats are supported: QCOW2 and VMDK.

We also handle the licensing. Imported VMs will be metered for Windows usage based on the pricing for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Compute Windows Server OSs, $0.0204 OCPU Per Hour.

Simplified Import Experience

The Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Console provides a simplified experience to bring your own image by importing it to the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Object Storage service and launching it. You can also use the CLI to import and launch the image. 

Getting Started

The import capability uses hardware emulation to launch existing on-premise Windows Server VM images with QCOW2 or VMDK formats. It takes only a few steps to get your own image up and running on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.

  1. Prepare the image to remove computer specific information, such as installed drivers and computer security identifier (SID). This is called image generalization.

  2. Upload your image to the Object Storage service service by dragging it into the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Console.
    OCIUploadObject

  3. In the Console, click Compute, then click Images, and then click Import Image.

  4. Enter the Object Storage location and the OS version, and then click Import.

  5. After the image is imported, from the Images page, click the Actions menu and select Create InstanceImage Import Create OCI Instance

That’s it!  This simplified import process reduces the overhead to move your Windows workloads very easily into Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. As part of this release emulated mode is only supported on X5 shapes.  Further updates will be posted when X7 support is available.

For detailed information about and steps for this process, see the following topics:

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Comments ( 1 )
  • John Wednesday, May 9, 2018
    Very nice.
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