Migrate to Azure

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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


Migrating a server to Microsoft Azure, using Azure site recovery, is essentially a failover of a protective machine, that has never failed back. To run a failover for the machine you want to migrate, select failover. In failover, choose a recovery point to failover to. You would typically select the latest recovery point. Be sure to select shut down machine before beginning failover. Because this will cause Microsoft Azure site recovery to attempt shut down of the source machine, before triggering the failover. However, failover will continue, even if shut down fails. You can follow the failover progress by simply clicking on the status. To complete the migration, click Complete Migration, along the top menu. This finishes the migration process, stops replication for the VM, and stops site recovery billing, for the VM. Be sure to shut down the source machine, if it was not shut down automatically. One important note to make mention of, is that you should never ever cancel a failover in progress. If you cancel a failover that's in progress, the failover will stop, but the VM won't ever replicate again. Click Okay to commence migration. You can follow the migration status on screen. 

When the migration completes, the on previum will no longer be protected by Azur site recovery. Refreshing the screen produces a warning that the machine is no longer protected. Switching over to the resource group, that the VM was failed over to, reveals that the new Azure based VM is in a running state. The migration is complete. One thing to note, regarding migrations, is that the IP address of the migrated machine is typically going to change, especially if there is a VPN established between the on-prem environment and Azure. This is because the dress space in Azure, generally speaking, can't overlap with that of an on-prem environment. Keep this in mind when migrating VM's from on-prem to Microsoft Azure, especially when a VPN is involved. With that said, you've now successfully planned and completed a migration of an on-prem, VMware based virtual machine to Microsoft Azure.

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.