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SDDC Import/Export for VMware Cloud on AWS

version 1.9.1 — August 14, 2023

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The SDDC Import/Export for VMware Cloud on AWS tool enables you to save and restore your VMware Cloud on AWS (VMC) Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) networking and security configuration.

There are many situations when customers want to migrate from an existing SDDC to a different one. While HCX addresses the data migration challenge, this tool offers customers the ability to copy the configuration from a source to a destination SDDC.

A few example migration scenarios are:

  • SDDC to SDDC migration from bare-metal (i3) to a different bare-metal type (i3en)
  • SDDC to SDDC migration from VMware-based org to an AWS-based org
  • SDDC to SDDC migration from region (i.e. London) to a different region (i.e. Dublin).

Other use cases are:

  • Backups - save the entire SDDC configuration
  • Lab purposes - customers or partners might want to deploy SDDCs with a pre-populated configuration.
  • DR purposes - deploy a pre-populated configuration in conjunction with VMware Site Recovery or VMware Cloud Disaster Recovery

Contribute to this open source project here.

New 1.4 features: video link

Detailed instructions can be found on the Instructions tab, in the README.md included in the Zip file or on Patrick's blog (http://www.patrickkremer.com/sddc-import-export/).

Details about the use cases and origins of the project can be found on Nico's blog (https://nicovibert.com/2021/02/08/fling-sddc-import-export-for-vmware-cloud-on-aws/).


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Please download the Installation_Instructions.pdf file here.



Version 1.9.1 

  • Update to dependencies

Version 1.9.0 

  • Support for IPv6
  • Support for NSX dIDPS
  • Support for customer Tier-1 gateway VPNs
  • Connected VPC Managed Prefix List Resource Share acceptance
  • Connected VPC Route Table programming

Version 1.8.0

  • Bug fixes and performance improvements.
  • New Features Added:
    • Static DHCP bindings export
    • Tier-1 Gateway export
    • Tier-1 Static Route export
    • Tier-1 Firewall Policy and Rule export
    • Flexible Segment export
    • Route Aggregation List export
    • Route Configuration export

Version 1.7.0

  • Introduce new config.ini flags to skip importing groups and services
  • Enhanced error messaging when imports fail due to unsupported VM external ID group membership

Version 1.6.0

  • Add cursor support to exportSDDCServices
  • Add cursor support to CGW export
  • Support token renewal for long-running imports that would error out due to expired tokens
  • Improve error handling for 504 gateway time out errors
  • DHCP static binding export/import
  • Testbed functions: create-cgw-groups, delete-cgw-groups
  • Made the vCenter folder feature opt-in instead of opt-out. Because the installation requires git, customers who are not git-savvy had difficulty getting the script installed.

Version 1.5.6

  • Added delete-all-cgw-groups option to testbed
  • Added start-num argument for the testbed feature

Version 1.5.5

  • Added rolesync feature

Version 1.5.0

  • Added API cursor support in CGW export to support > 1,000 objects.
  • Added testbed command, create-cgw-groups and delete-cgw-groups

Version 1.4.3

  • Fixes token exchange errors related to deprecated authorization API parameter

Version 1.4.2

  • Corrects import bug on manual VM membership groups - this is now documented as unsupported and skipped during import operations
  • Lambda instruction clarification added to docs

Version 1.4.1

Version 1.4

  • New feature - on-prem NSX-T DFW configuration export, import into VMC on AWS
  • New feature - on-prem vCenter folder structure export, import into VMC on AWS
  • New feature - Indented JSON output for easier reading
  • Bugfix - Bumped minimum Python version to the actual requirement of 3.6
  • Bugfix - Fixed issue where the exception block of a try/except on GET calls errored

Version 1.3.5

  • Fixed import bug - services that don't have the L4 protocol field fail to import

Version 1.3

  • Regular expression import filters for CGW groups/firewall rules/network segments, and MGW groups/firewall rules
  • Import/export support for local BGP ASN

Version 1.2

  • Added experimental support for sync mode
  • Fixed L2VPN and IKE import bug
  • Fixed display bug during DFW import
Version 1.1
  • Added GovCloud support

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