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Leveraging Microsoft Azure as your disaster recovery/failover data center

Rand Morimoto | June 24, 2014
Using Azure Site Recovery (ASR) to replicate VMs to Azure.

Assuming all of the above is setup and working right, in your VMM Console, when you click on the Navigation Bar Settings (under the VMs and Services, Fabric, Library, and Jobs options, youll see that the VMM server should be registered to the Hyper-V Recovery Manager Vault

You can now start protecting VMs by replicating them from on-prem to Azure. From the Azure Portal, click on Protected Items at the top of the Azure screen (which is inline with Dashboard, Protected Items, Recovery Plans, Resources, Jobs) and youll see your VMM clouds (in my case, I see my TokyoCloud and my SFCloud)

Click on the cloud you want to protect (the one that you have test VMs in that you want to replicate to Azure), then click Configure Protection Settings

Select a Target (Microsoft Azure), youll see the Storage Account location you noted earlier is set by default. You can change the Copy Frequency, Recovery Points, Snapshot Frequency, and Start time, although the defaults are fine, click Save.

After the configuration takes, be in the Azure Portal / Recovery Services / Protected Items / {your cloud} section and click on Virtual Machines and click Enable Protection or the + to add a new virtual machines to protect. Note: the VM you select needs to have the OS property set to something that Azure supports (ie: Win2008R2, Win2012R2) and the VM needs to be a Generation 1 VM. You can change the OS property of a VM by right-clicking the VM in VMM and choose properties. On the General Page, you can select the Operating System of the VM. Also on this General Page, you can see if the VM is a Gen1 or Gen2 VM. If it says it is a Gen2 VM, you need to recreate the VM as a Gen1 VM for now.

Select the VM and then wait (this could take 15 minutes for a tiny VM with a high speed network connection to the Internet, or it could take a few hours for a large VM (ie: overnight)). The process is replicating the VM between on-premise and Azure, so be patient the first time on each VM.

Once replicated successfully, go to the Recovery Plans tab and create a recovery plan by pressing + to Create Plan, specify a Plan name (like RandsRecPlan1) select source of your local VMM servers, and Target as Azure, then select the VMs that have successfully replicated to be part of your plan. My suggestion, pick just 1 VM to start, if you pick multiple VMs as part of the plan, they all have to successfully replicate over during a failover, and that can take a long long time. Save the plan

 

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