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VirtaMove supports movement of COTS and bespoke applications. Given the tens of thousands of custom and Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) applications installed in the enterprise environment today, VirtaMove does not maintain an exhaustive list of supported applications. However, VirtaMove can migrate over 95% of Windows Server applications installed in the enterprise today. VirtaMove maintains a list of applications that have been successfully migrated using VirtaMove software.

Click here to see our support policies and guidance on applications that are known to be incompatible.

Yes, operating system modernization is a key advantage of VirtaMove. VirtaMove will identify and migrate applications from Windows Server 2003, 2008, & 2012 to WS2012, WS2016, and WS2019. We also move 2016 apps to new WS2016 instances. If you need to up-level your application to a modern Windows OS, we will move it. For more information about up-level migrations and limitations, see VirtaMove Support Policies.

Every 64-bit Windows Server operating system has 32-bit functionality within the WoW64 (Windows 32-bit on Windows 64-bit) subsystem. VirtaMove leverages the subsystem of the destination OS, correctly placing objects and components for proper execution on the new system.

VirtaMove uses a process called “Config-on-the-Fly” to monitor for identity-related characteristics (server name, IP address, etc.) that an application may “internalize” (config files, registry, etc.) and modifies these values to match the values of the destination server.

VirtaMove is installed on the destination server and the migration process is driven from there. However, VirtaMove offers the option of using the VirtaMove Source Agent on source machines in a network to accelerate application migrations.

While VirtaMove virtualizes applications through the migration process, it is not a standalone virtualization platform.

OS copy tools do not migrate existing production applications to a new OS platform. Instead, they make copies of entire servers or virtual machines (VMs) with identical OS characteristics. What’s missing is the ability to take only required applications to a new OS platform. Additionally, there is no way to separate outdated software, event logs, dirty file systems, embedded malware, and all the other baggage that accompanies enterprise applications over time.

VirtaMove provides the ability to move unmodified server applications from older operating systems (such as WS2000 or WS2003) to newer OS versions (WS2008 or WS2012) on new machines. It automatically detects, separates, and migrates applications from the underlying operating system by packaging nearly all types of Windows Server applications in portable containers.

VirtaMove focuses on the application rather than on the entire machine and encapsulates the application into a migration container. Instead of migrating entire server images, VirtaMove allows you to migrate selected applications and their data.

A container consists of only an application and its associated configuration and data. Containers can be moved from host to host. A virtual machine is a complete host (OS + all applications + all event logs, etc.) expressed as software. A container is much smaller and more agile than a VM.

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