Advice on migrating existing RHEL/CentOS development servers from Virtualbox to DO?


I aim to migrate our in-house dev servers from Virtualbox into a VPC at DO. These are existing servers that I do not wish to rebuild, just migrate.

I see two paths: 1) Set up Virtualbox server on a DO server, then migrate existing VMs into that; or 2) Take the Virtualbox disk images and use them as custom images to set up new DO servers.

I wonder about opinions on each of the above options, or other options.

The servers are all flavors of RHEL and CentOS. Mostly from CentOS 5 to CentOS 7. All servers must stay on current OS.


Thanks in advance for any help!


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Hi @BostonBob,

Firstly, let me say that I highly recommend moving your projects from CentOS 5 and 6 distribuations, they have reached End Of Life and are no longer being supported which means there is a high probability an exploit will be found and your servers will be exploited.

On to the real question you had. I think you should try using the second path you described first. You can always go back to the first one if the second doesn’t work, so better to try the easier way first.

Regards, KFSys