I'm going to run a big scripted migrate of all labs instances sometime soon. However, I suspect that beta folks will appreciate having a more narrow window than 'sometime in the next two weeks' so I'd like to migrate it first. That will reduce the window down to about a day.
What will happen:
Every twenty minutes, one beta VM will be copied from an old compute node to a new one. At the end of the copy, the instance will be temporarily suspended (for ~ one minite) while execution is moved to the new host. The instance will not be rebooted, and services should not be interrupted but some actions may time out during the suspension.
Instances will move in alphabetical order. There are about 50 instances which means the whole process will take around 17 hours.
Live migration isn't a perfect process, so there may be stragglers that I have to shut down and move by hand, but I'll notify folks before that happens if necessary.