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VM Migration: Introduction to StratoZone Assessments

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VM Migration: Introduction to StratoZone Assessments

1 hour 30 minutes 5 Credits

GSP686

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Overview

The StratoZone® SaaS platform provides customers with a data-driven cloud decision framework. The StratoProbe® Data Collector Application delivers the ability to easily deploy and scale the discovery of a customer's IT environment for Private, Public, or Hybrid-cloud planning. To ease and accelerate the VM migration journey, Google Cloud offers assistance and guidance in making the right decisions when deciding to go to cloud.

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In this hands-on lab you'll learn how to assess a customer's current environment with StratoZone's scalable discovery. You'll generate inventory, cloud fit score, and financial reports including TCO and ROI analysis.

What you'll do

  • Create a new assessment
  • Deploy a collector and start a scan of the deployed environment
  • Group assets based on defined criteria
  • Review collected data and run reports

Note: If you're using a Chromebook, you will need to use a third-party RDP tool, like Remote Desktop 8 or remmina, rather than the RDP button in the Cloud Console.

Setup

Before you click the Start Lab button

Read these instructions. Labs are timed and you cannot pause them. The timer, which starts when you click Start Lab, shows how long Google Cloud resources will be made available to you.

This hands-on lab lets you do the lab activities yourself in a real cloud environment, not in a simulation or demo environment. It does so by giving you new, temporary credentials that you use to sign in and access Google Cloud for the duration of the lab.

To complete this lab, you need:

  • Access to a standard internet browser (Chrome browser recommended).
Note: Use an Incognito or private browser window to run this lab. This prevents any conflicts between your personal account and the Student account, which may cause extra charges incurred to your personal account.
  • Time to complete the lab---remember, once you start, you cannot pause a lab.
Note: If you already have your own personal Google Cloud account or project, do not use it for this lab to avoid extra charges to your account.

How to start your lab and sign in to the Google Cloud Console

  1. Click the Start Lab button. If you need to pay for the lab, a pop-up opens for you to select your payment method. On the left is the Lab Details panel with the following:

    • The Open Google Console button
    • Time remaining
    • The temporary credentials that you must use for this lab
    • Other information, if needed, to step through this lab
  2. Click Open Google Console. The lab spins up resources, and then opens another tab that shows the Sign in page.

    Tip: Arrange the tabs in separate windows, side-by-side.

    Note: If you see the Choose an account dialog, click Use Another Account.
  3. If necessary, copy the Username from the Lab Details panel and paste it into the Sign in dialog. Click Next.

  4. Copy the Password from the Lab Details panel and paste it into the Welcome dialog. Click Next.

    Important: You must use the credentials from the left panel. Do not use your Google Cloud Skills Boost credentials. Note: Using your own Google Cloud account for this lab may incur extra charges.
  5. Click through the subsequent pages:

    • Accept the terms and conditions.
    • Do not add recovery options or two-factor authentication (because this is a temporary account).
    • Do not sign up for free trials.

After a few moments, the Cloud Console opens in this tab.

Note: You can view the menu with a list of Google Cloud Products and Services by clicking the Navigation menu at the top-left. Navigation menu icon

To begin, you will download and deploy the collector in a simulated customer environment created for this purpose in Google Cloud.

  1. In the Console, from the Navigation menu, select Compute Engine > VM instances.

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If prompted, select the Google Cloud project assigned to your lab.

  1. Click the RDP button next to the windows-vm instance.

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Note: If you're using a Chromebook, you will need to use a third-party RDP tool rather than the RDP button.

Use the following credentials to complete the RDP login:

User name

stratozone

Password

$tr@t0z0n3

If you have any issues logging in, wait a minute and retry.

Log in to StratoZone portal

In this section, you will log in to the StratoZone portal.

Minimize the Server Manager Dashboard if it's too big.

From the windows-vm desktop, click on the Google Chrome icon, then open https://labs.stratozone.com/. Use the lab credentials provided to log in to the StratoZone lab session.

Agree to the terms and conditions and click Next.

Once logged in you will be able to access the assessments and review collected data.

Start New Assessment (Automatic)

Next, collect live data from a set of machines running in the Google Cloud environment. This automatically collected data is how 99% of assessments are conducted in real world customer environments. The main benefit of this approach is that you will receive unbiased information directly from the systems scanned. This natively collected data provides machine inventory, specs, utilization, execution processes, services, software versions installed, and network connectivity. This data enables all of the advanced StratoZone features such as:

  • Cloud Fit scores
  • Optimization of underutilized workloads
  • Network dependency mapping
  • Financial business case (TCO/ROI)
  • Automated summary reporting and proposal

To begin the discovery and start the assessment wizard, click the Assessments tab, then click the Create New Assessment Group button in the top menu.

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Establish Collector

On the Create New Assessment page, use the following values for this lab:

Assessment Type

Automatic Asset Discovery

Assessment Group Name

Lab-Assessment1

Customer Sponsor Name & Email

Enter your name and a personal email address

Note: Don't use the Connection panel details

Customer Tech Contact Name & Email

Enter your name and personal email address

Note: This email will receive an email with collector installation instructions

Click Save.

Once the Assessment has been created, the system will automatically start the data collector configuration wizard.

On the Details tab use the following values:

Assessment / Data Center

Lab Datacenter

Expected Number of Assets to Collect

5

Leave the default values for the remainder of the options.

Click Save & Next.

Under the Run Schedule tab, leave the default values and click Save & Next.

Under the Data Security tab, note the available options for removing data sent from the data collector to StratoZone. For this lab use the default option Level 1.

Click Save & Next.

Pre-configuration of the data collector has been completed and the install package can be downloaded.

Click the download icon 84229db11a926c39.png to obtain the installation package.

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Click the key icon stzkeyicon.png to obtain the Temporary Access Code. Make a note of the Temporary Access Code as it will be needed later in the lab.

Click Check my progress to verify the objective.

Verify that the Automated Assessment has been created.

Deploy StratoProbe data collector

Once the Assessment has been created in the StratoZone portal, the customer installs the collector and begins the discovery process within their current datacenter (or cloud) infrastructure.

In this section, you will configure the collector to understand what's involved in this process. You should be able to describe the collector's high level requirements and configuration steps such as:

  • Line-of-sight connection requirements

  • Scanning an IP range

  • Connection methods (WMI, SSH)

  • Credential requirements

  1. Double-Click on the setup.exe file and then click Run.

  2. Click Yes when prompted to confirm permitting changes to the system.

  3. In the Microsoft Visual C++ setup window, click OK.

  4. Accept the License Agreement and click Next.

  5. In the Information window, click Next.

  6. In the Select Destination Location window, accept the defaults and click Next.

  7. In the Select Additional Tasks window, click Next and then click Install.

This will take a few minutes. Let the installation complete. While you're waiting, check the email that you used earlier to see an alert from StratoProbe Collector.

Note: In the Completing the StratoProbe Setup Wizard window, choose No, I will restart the computer later.
  1. Once the installation is complete click Finish.

Click on the Windows Start button and launch StratoProbe.

  1. When the StratoProbe Data Collector opens, click Start Authorization button.

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  1. Click Run Check link to verify installation completed successfully.

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After verification completes and all checks pass collector can be activated.

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NOTE: In an event you encounter connectivity issues error (see below), uninstall StratoProbe and install it again.

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  1. Enter the Temporary Access Code and click the Authorize button.

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HINT: To find the Temporary Access Code again, follow the steps below...

(Click Assessments tab → Lab-Assessment1 → Edit Data Collector icon)

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Click the key icon stzkeyicon.png to obtain the Temporary Access Code.

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Enter the Temporary Access Code and click the Authorize button.

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Once activation completes, the StratoProbe Data Collector will open.

Click Add Credentials button in the upper left menu.

Multiple credentials can be stored within StratoProbe to allow the collector to access systems belonging to different Active Directory domains, or having local accounts, or SSH keys.

  1. Choose OS as the scanning method and click Configure

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Use the following values to set up a credential group:

Credential Name

Lab

Credential Type

Username and Password

Username

stratozone

Password

$tr@t0z0n3

Group Scheduling

Accept Defaults

Click Add Credential button.

  1. From the Add Resources dropdown, select Scan IP address ranges from Machine sub-menu. IP address range scan allows for discovery of assets across the network.

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Agree to the Terms & Conditions by checking the box and clicking Accept.

IMPORTANT: Make a note of the Internal IP address configured for the lab VM Instances (e.g. 10.128.0.2). You will use the first three octets in the bulk scan.

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From the Add IP Address Ranges dropdown select Enter ranges.

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For the beginning IP address, use the first three octets plus .1 (10.128.0.1 in this example).

For the ending IP address, use the first three octets plus .5 (10.128.0.5 in this example).

Click the Add IP Ranges button.

On the Start to scan IP address range popup, click Start Scan button.

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Click on the arrow button to go back to the dashboard.

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Note: It may take up to 2 minutes for the scan to start and complete.

Click Check my progress to verify the objective.

Verify that the Collector is activated and the IP scanner is properly configured.

Start new assessment (manual)

In a scenario where a customer does not want to scan their environment, but instead wants to provide a list of assets to achieve high-level pricing estimates, you can conduct the assessment by ingesting external data directly into the StratoZone portal. The data can be sourced from a current CMDB, inventory list, vCenter exports, or any other internal system that provides the minimum required machine specs. This method offers a very quick turnaround for basic pricing, but will not offer the ability to optimize for utilization, understand running software components, or view network relationships.

Note: You may need to log back into the Stratozone portal.

To begin a manual-load assessment, create a new assessment, as previously outlined for the automatic scan.

Click on the Assessments tab, then click the Create New Assessment Group button in the top menu.

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Establish Collector

  1. Use the following values for this lab and click Save when done:

Assessment Type

Manual Asset Entry

Assessment Group Name

Lab-Assessment2

Customer Sponsor Name & Email

Enter your name and personal email address

  1. When prompted, use the following value for manual inventory assessment:

Assessment Name

Lab Datacenter Manual

Upload Type

Manual

Click Save & Next button to go to the Upload tab.

Click Check my progress to verify the objective.

Start New Assessment (Manual) and Establish a collector.

Importing a CSV document is the fastest way to start a manual assessment. In this lab you will use a pre-existing Machine information CSV file. That is the only file required for manual import.

  1. In the windows-vm, Open Chrome, then go to following URL:

http://storage.googleapis.com/spls/gsp686/lab_server_list.csv

and download the file. This is a list of servers that we want to manually import into StratoZone.

  1. Click the UPLOAD button next to Machine Information.
Note: In a customer environment, the starting point for the CSV approach would be to download the asset import template using the link provided on the page.

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  1. From the popup, click the Choose File button and browse to Downloads and choose the lab_server_list.csv file, then click Open.

  2. From the available options, select Use only provided IP addresses specified in import file, then click the Upload button.

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File should be imported successfully into the staging area for review. Check the status displayed next to the file. Initially file status will be Uploaded, Processing. Once completed, you will receive notification on the screen. After 2 minutes, if the status does not change click the refresh button.

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Once the status changes to Processed, click Save & Next button to go to the next tab.

Servers should be imported successfully into the staging area for review. If the import was successful there will be a ✓ icon in the status column. If there are problems with a server from the import, there will be an X icon in the status column for the affected row.

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  1. Click the Add Inventory button at the bottom of the page.
Note: You may need to enlarge the window to see the button.

Once processing completes, the "Add Inventory" button will be disabled and notification will popup that import completed successfully.

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Verify assets were loaded (inventory check)

  1. Select the Results tab in the top menu then click on Inventory link in the left menu.

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  1. From Filters menu expand Assessment and click "Lab Datacenter Manual".

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The system should display 19 records.

Click Check my progress to verify the objective.

Verify Assets were Loaded (Inventory Check).

Generate initial reports

The delivery of findings is accomplished either interactively by presenting StratoZone portal screens to the customer or by generating reports which can be used for presentation or offline delivery and transmissions. Next you will go through a few critical reports which contain key results of an assessment.

Summary Report

The StratoZone® platform continuously analyzes data based on the discovery of assets in this sample customer environment. The findings, analysis, and recommendations are made available to you within your StratoZone® portal and summarized in this report. This report is generated iteratively for customers during various assessment phases to capture various groupings and financial scenarios.

To generate the Summary Report:

  1. Click the Reports tab.
  2. Click the Generate Report on the Assessment Summary and Proposal tile.

When prompted, use the following settings:

Report Name

Initial Summary Report

Report Format

Google Slides

Select Filters (Build Groups)

Select All

Baseline Vendor Catalog

Private Data Center

Comparison Vendor

Google Cloud On-Demand

Comparison Vendor Catalog

Google Cloud 1 Year Commit

Comparison Vendor Catalog

Google Cloud 3 Year Commit

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  1. Click Create Report. Report will take a few minutes to build.

  2. From the Report Queue, click the Google Slides icon to view the report in Google Slides. Log in with your lab credentials to view the report.

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To access generated reports, click on Download Queue.

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  1. Review the report for some of the key deliverables:

  • Automatically-generated customer-ready narrative about the nature of the assessment
  • What locations were assessed
  • Technical findings (Asset counts, CPU/RAM/Storage resource information, etc)
  • Cloud readiness (cloud fit score)
  • Financial Analysis, Comparison, and Savings (including cost of current brick and mortar datacenter vs potential cloud options)

Click Check my progress to verify the objective.

Verify that the StratoZone Reports have been generated.

Inventory Report

To generate the Inventory Report:

  1. Click the Reports tab.
  2. Click the Generate Report on the Inventory tile.

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  1. Once prompted, use the following settings to create the report:

Report Name

Initial Inventory Report

Report Format

Google Sheets

Select Filters

Select All

Click Create Report. (Report may take a few minutes to generate)

  1. Click on the Google Sheets icon to view the report.

So far, you've initiated an assessment for the customer and generated basic findings. The StratoZone platform processed and organized the data according to collector locations, determined cloud fit scores, and provided quick outputs.

The StratoZone offers additional, advanced functionality to control how the data is presented. Here, you will step through a few exercises such as:

  • Grouping of assets

  • Optimization of underutilized assets

  • Pricing scenarios

Create Groups

Grouping allows you to present the information in a format that is familiar to the customer's environment. Groups can reflect business units, departments, dev/test/prod environments, applications, etc. Groups can be created and managed directly in the platform.

  1. Click on the Grouping tab.

  2. From the left menu, click on Build Groups.

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  1. From available actions, click Add New Group button.

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  1. Group Name: Production

Leave default values for the rest of the options and click the Save button.

  1. Click Close on the next screen.

  2. From available group actions, click Add Assets to: Production

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  1. In the search field, type in stz to filter the server names.

  2. Check the Asset box on top to select all filtered assets.

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  1. Click the Add Selected Assets to Group button.

  2. Create a second group using the steps above and use the following configuration:

Group Name

Development

  1. When adding assets, enter dev in search criteria.

  2. Select all dev assets and click the Add Selected Assets to Group button.

  3. Create a third group using the steps above and use the following configuration:

Group Name

Single CPU servers

  1. To add assets, click the Search icon for the group.

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  1. From the popup, check the Number of CPUs option and select 1 from the list. Leave the rest of the values as default.

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  1. Click the Add Selected Assets To Group button.

Click Check my progress to verify the objective.

Verify that the Groups were created.

Optimize assets

Optimization of underutilized resources may be the single most impactful action to affect cloud spend projections and savings. Optimization can be applied globally to all assets or by group. In this step, you will use pre-built optimization levels.

  1. Click on the Sizing tab.
  2. From the left menu, select Customize Assessments action and click on Customize For All Assets button.

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  1. Slide the value for Optimization Mode to Aggressive.

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  1. Scroll down to the bottom of the popup and click Save Sizing for All Assets. The process to update pricing may take a few seconds.

  2. Click the Close button.

Click Check my progress to verify the objective.

Verify that the Optimization Mode was set to Aggressive.

Generate Final Reports

Summary Report

This time around, the report will be generated differently based on the created groups. It will also display financials based on applied optimization settings. Overall costs and savings will reflect these optimizations.

  1. Click the Reports tab.
  2. Click the Generate Report on the Assessment Summary and Proposal tile.

When prompted, use the following settings:

Report Name

Final Summary Report

Report Format

Google Slides

Select Filters (Build Groups)

Select All

Baseline Vendor Catalog

Private Data Center

Comparison Vendor Catalog

Google Cloud On-Demand

Comparison Vendor

Google Cloud 1 Year Commit

Comparison Vendor Catalog

Google Cloud 3 Year Commit

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  1. Click Create Report.

  2. Click the Google Slides icon to view the report in Google Slides.

Note: You may have to login with your lab credentials to view the report.
  1. Compare the values to the Initial Summary Report.

Pricing Report

HINT: Financial comparisons that are visible in this report can also be generated live in the Pricing tab to evaluate any number of configurations or procurement scenarios.

  1. Click the Reports tab.
  2. Click the Generate Report on the Detailed Pricing tile.

The Pricing report provides a detailed breakdown of pricing that was applied to each individually evaluated workload. It gives additional visibility into the choices that are recommended. It also identifies specific VM and storage selections.

When prompted, use the following settings:

Report Name

StratoMatch Report

Report Format

Google Sheets

Select Filters (Build Groups)

Select All

Vendor Catalog 1

Private Data Center

Vendor Catalog 2

Google Cloud On-Demand

Vendor Catalog 3

Google Cloud 1 Year Commit

Vendor Catalog 4

Google Cloud 3 Year Commit

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  1. Click Create Report button.

  2. Click the Google Sheets icon to view the report in Google Sheets.

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Note: You may have to login with your lab credentials to view the report.

Click Check my progress to verify the objective.

Verify that the second set of reports were generated.

Verify Data is Being Received

In this step, cycle back to check on the progress of the automatic discovery. In the real world, you would validate that the discovery has been correctly stated by the customer in the first few hours or days of the assessment.

  1. Select the Results tab in the top menu then click on Inventory link in the left menu.

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  1. From Filters menu expand Assessment and click "Lab Datacenter".

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The assessment list should show Lab-Assessment1 and number of assets collected.

Click Check my progress to verify the objective.

Verify Data is Being Received.

Congratulations!

You've completed an assessment for a sample customer. You've scanned an environment within Google Cloud in the same way you would discover physical or virtual servers on a customer's network within their datacenter(s). You've also loaded an inventory list of assets to be analyzed without the scan.

You've navigated through some of the key areas of delivery such as forming groups, optimizing around utilization of assets, and generating reports (inventory, TCO/ROI).

While there is significantly more functionality in the StratoZone platform that ultimately feeds into a comprehensive cloud transformation plan, we hope that this quick lab serves as an introduction to approaching customer's transformation goals in a prescriptive, pragmatic, and measurable way and helps you establish a trusted advisory role by quickly providing this valuable information.

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Finish Your Quest

This self-paced lab is part of the Qwiklabs Quest VM Migration. A Quest is a series of related labs that form a learning path. Completing a Quest earns you one of the badges above, to recognize your achievement. You can make your badge (or badges) public and link to them in your online resume or social media account. Enroll in a quest and get immediate completion credit if you've taken this lab. See other available Qwiklabs Quests.

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Manual Last Updated June 6, 2022
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