in this article I'd like to give you an idea of how we migrated System Profiles from 2 DT servers (let's call them Source) to a Target one when we were consolidating our Dynatrace infrastructure. As this task is not an usual case it might be difficult to find all necessary info you need for a successful migration. This is how we migrated the system profiles, so you might need to move some more configuration if you use advanced DT features like Synthetic Monitoring (which we don't).
Migration of system profile is very similar to a server migration when you install a higher version so it is worth reading also
Upgrade and Migration Guide. But you have to keep some files of the target server and some will have to be merged. Therefore you cannot use a dtmigration tool as intended. But it is handy when making archive of files to transfer. Transfering of Session storage data or PerformanceWarehouse wasn't our priority so it is not described here.
Time estimation is about 1-2 days as there is a lot of checking, reading and maybe troubleshooting after the finish. You will need to have maintenance knowledge of DT server - mainly know the directory structure, how to backup and restore server and how to stop and start a server.
So let's get started:
Your PerformanceWarehouse database will have to be able to handle all the load, so do checks according
Performance Warehouse guidelines
And do not forget for Sessions Storage size.
This first task is worth spending time as you'll avoid unpleasant surprises and troubleshooting due to insufficient target server sizing.
server.config.xml - server related, keep as is!
As we are using collectors to run monitors it happened in both cases of system profile migration that collectors refused to run those monitors. I had to reinstall that collector from scratch and once it connected to the target server, monitor plugins were installed and started working.
And that is it. I hope this article saved you time when preparing for the migration. If there is anything that needs more explanations or some inaccuracy, please let me know.
Let me thank to all advisors in forum thread
How to move system profiles from one to another dynatrace server and Jesper Madsen, our Dynatrace Consultant.
thanks a lot for this report. As an aside: We're planning to implement a way to also migrate the data for selected system profiles from a source to a target pwh. I hope we can do it by 6.5, but the current plan is to do it as a plugin so we could release it independently of 6.5 GA if we need more time.