Migrating Servers To Azure
Migrating a Physical Server from On-Prem to Azure with ASR
The course is part of these learning paths
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.
- 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
- 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
With the configuration server virtual machine template downloaded, deploy it to VMware using the OBF deployment wizard. The methodology you use to do this will depend on the vSphere client you have and on what version of VMware you are running. In my case here, I'm running version six so I'm using the thick vSphere client to manage my environment and to deploy the template. Deploying the template is as simple as launching the vSphere client, clicking file, and then clicking deploy OBF template. From here, I just need to browse to my downloaded template and then follow the wizard to complete the deployment. The deployment can take a little bit of time to complete, but when it does, the configuration server will be ready for configuration. The template deploys a Windows Server 2016 virtual machine. Once the deployment completes, the configuration server can then be set up. We'll cover set up of the configuration server in the next demonstration.
About the Author
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.