Azure Site Recovery: VMware to Azure

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In this guide series we’ll be going through all the necessary steps to replicate a VMware environment to Azure for DR purposes.  To achieve this we’ll be making use of the Azure Site Recovery service but before we get into things, let’s have a quick overview of the components of ASR and their place within the environment/solution:

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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: Using Azure Backup Agent

Hi and welcome back folks. In my last post HERE, we had a bit of a walkthrough of Azure Backup, and hopefully learned some or all of the following:

  • A little bit about the Azure Recovery Services Vault and how to deploy one
  • What a Backup Policy is and how to create one
  • How to enable and disable the protection of an Azure VM

Now that we’ve covered the Azure VM stuff, let’s move on and have a look at backing up to/restoring from Azure using the “Microsoft Azure Recovery Services (MARS) agent”

Here’s a few links to what we’re covering in this post:

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