Azure Migrate Prerequisites

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With the push to the cloud accelerating, it’s critical to understand how to migrate on-prem servers to Microsoft Azure. As an IT professional, you are likely to encounter situations where you need to plan and execute such migrations.

In this course, you will learn how to evaluate migration scenarios by using Azure Migrate. We’ll cover the discovery and assessment of on-prem VMware environments and how to identify workloads that can and cannot be deployed.  You’ll also learn about Azure Migrate port requirements and how to determine if the target environment is supported for a migration.

Later in the course, you will learn how to deploy and configure Azure Site Recovery (ASR) and how to use it to migrate an on-prem server to Microsoft Azure. You’ll also learn how to configure storage, create a backup vault, and how to prepare the source and target environments ahead of a migration.

The topics covered in this Azure course map very closely to learning objectives covered in the Microsoft Azure certification exams.  By mastering the topics covered in this course, the student not only learns skills necessary for assessing environments for migration suitability and for performing those migrations, but the student also learns skills necessary to prepare for certification exams.

Learning Objectives

Azure Migrate

  • Discover and Assess On-Prem VMware Environment
  • identify Workloads that Can and Cannot be Deployed
  • Identify Port Requirements
  • Identify Necessary Changes to Networks
  • Account Setup

Migrate Servers to Azure

  • Migrate with Azure Site Recovery (ASR)
  • Configure Storage and Create a Backup Vault
  • Prepare Source and Target Environments
  • Deploy Azure Site Recovery (ASR) Agent
  • Network Preparation

Intended Audience

  • IT Professionals interested in becoming Azure cloud architects
  • IT Professionals preparing for Microsoft’s Azure certification exams


  • General knowledge of IT infrastructure
  • General knowledge of the Azure environment


The use of Azure Migrate requires several prerequisites to be met first. In Azure, the person setting up Azure Migrate must be an administrator with owner or contributor permissions for the Azure subscription or for a resource group in the Azure subscription. The on-premises vCenter server instance must be running version 6.5, 6.0 or 5.5, and a read-only account must exist in vCenter Server. If a read-only account doesn't exist, the administrator must have permissions to create one. The administrator using Azure Migrate must also have permissions to create a VM on the vCenter Server instance by using an OVA template. 

To asses an on-prem VMware environment, at least ESXi host must be running version 5.0 or later and at least two on-prem VMware VMs must exist with one running a SQL Server database. The administrator must also have permissions to install Azure Migrate agents on each VM. Speaking of VMs, the VMs should have direct internet connectivity. If the VMs don't have internet connectivity, the Azure Log Analytics or OMS Gateway must be installed on them and agent traffic directed through it. If assessing a SQL database server, the FQDN of the VM running the SQL server instance is also required. If Windows Firewall is running on the SQL Server VM, its should allow external connections on TCP port 1433 to allow Data Migration Assistant to connect to SQL.

About the Author

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Tom is a 25+ year veteran of the IT industry, having worked in environments as large as 40k seats and as small as 50 seats. Throughout the course of a long an interesting career, he has built an in-depth skillset that spans numerous IT disciplines. Tom has designed and architected small, large, and global IT solutions.

In addition to the Cloud Platform and Infrastructure MCSE certification, Tom also carries several other Microsoft certifications. His ability to see things from a strategic perspective allows Tom to architect solutions that closely align with business needs.

In his spare time, Tom enjoys camping, fishing, and playing poker.