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Side-By-Side Migration guide

I'm looking for a guide, blog, etc. on performing a side-by-side migration with AppPortal and ConfigMgr (SCCM).  While I've created SxS task sequences for many years without AppPortal / App Broker integration, I've yet to understand how AppPortal manages the process flow.  Ultimately these steps need to happen:

  1. A computer association must be created in ConfigMgr
  2. Source/Old computer must capture data and settings and store them on a remote location (normally a State Migration Point)
  3. The Target/New computer must restore the data and settings (typically after imaging the computer and installing apps)

Thus far, I've

When choosing the side-by-side migration scenario in my testing on AppPortal 2021r1, the Target/New computer does get created and inserted into the associated ConfigMgr collection for deploying the image.  However, the computer association does NOT get created.  Additionally I have not yet found how to associate a state capture (USMT scanstate.exe) task sequence with AppPortal.

I'm that, just like with 1E's Windows Servicing Suite, there is a documented guide for how to setup the puzzle pieces to make this work at a basic level.



keyword: OSD, operating system deployment, side-by-side migration, USMT, scanstate, loadstate, task sequence

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By Level 12 Flexeran
Level 12 Flexeran

It's been a while since I've looked at and OSD, but it looks like the association gets created if you create a USMT role, and associate that role to your catalog item.. You can create the role under Deployment Management. For example:


Once you have created the USMT role, you can then add it to your OSD catalog item, under Deployment->Roles.. The following illustrates:


Let me know if you do not see the association created after doing this.

Thank you Charles for the guidance.  After carefully going through the docs, etc. I have been able to get the Computer Association to work as well as populate both the Source and Target computers with appropriate Machine Variables.

The one thing lacking is the configuration to support "Use single task sequence for capture and deployment" disabled.  We want/need the Source computer to automatically start the backup/capture but the Target computer will be non-mandatory (available).  I'm not finding a way to get the Source computer added to a different Collection/Deployment.

App Broker only allows you to tie a single task sequence to a given catalog item. As such, if you could not use the "use single task sequence for capture and deployment" option, then I think that the only option would be to create a second catalog item that you would have to request against the "target" device. If you were to use a single task sequence for both the source and target, then obviously you would need to conditionalize parts of the task sequence (using variables) so that they would only be run on the source or target. 

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