Part 6: ASR Invoke Failover to Azure

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Overview

Welcome back folks.  In the last part of the guide we ran through a test failover for one of our protected VMware VMs, in this section we’re going to run through it for real.  To make the guide a little more straightforward, we’ll make a few assumptions:

  • Our failed over VMs will not retain the same IP addresses that they have on-premises.
    • If our VMs needed to talk to each other, this would likely mean an update to DNS etc.
  • We’ll be connecting to our failed over VMs over RDP via a locked down Public IP address.
    • We’ll be setting up a site-to-site connection using the VPN gateway service.

The main tasks we’ll be running through will be, creating a Recovery Plan and initiating a planned failover.  With that our of the way, let’s crack on.

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Azure VM: Standard to Premium Storage, Unmanaged to Managed

Hello folks and welcome back. I recently had cause to convert the OS disk of an Azure VM from Standard (HDD) to Premium (SSD). This turned out to be a little more interesting than I expected, so I thought I’d blog the process I decided on and for once this will actually be quite a short post as it’s all PowerShell.

Before we get into it, let’s have a look at the existing VM and what we’re looking to achieve:

The VM We’re Starting With

Here are the particulars of our test VM, post change:

  • VM Size:  Standard D1 v2 (1 CPU, 3.5 GB RAM)
  • 128 GB OS disk on standard storage (HDD)
  • 2 x 128 GB data disks on standard storage (HDD)
  • All disks are in the same storage account
  • All disks are unmanaged
  • VM has a dynamic Public IP assigned
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Azure Backup: A Walkthrough

Welcome back folks. It’s been a while since I last posted as it’s been all go at my new job, learning LOADS, so that’s good 🙂

Recently I’ve been putting together some operational documentation on Azure Backup and decided to flesh things out a bit and blog on it…why not right?

As is becoming customary with my posts, this is likely to be a lengthy one as it’ll be covering a fair bit, in some detail.

This guide will mainly focus on using Azure Backup in an IaaS scenario but I’ll also be touching on the Azure Backup agent in part 2. I may end up writing a Site-Recovery piece at a later date, if so, I’ll link to it HERE

Here’s an overview of what’s covered in this post:

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