Migrating VM
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1h 34m

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

This course provides an overview of the Azure Migrate offering and the various Azure Migrate integrations that are available, before moving on to assessing and migrating VMware virtual machines, Hyper-V machines, and physical machines.

After preparing for migration, this course will walk you through a guided demonstration of an actual assessment and migration of a VMware virtual machine to Microsoft Azure. By the time you finish this course, you should have a full understanding of the Azure Migrate Service and the different options that are available for using it to migrate servers to Microsoft Azure.

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Learning Objectives

  • Assess and migrate VMware virtual machines, Hyper-V machines, and physical machines
  • Set up and prepare Azure and VMware for Azure Migrate
  • Learn about the Azure Migrate Server Migration tool, appliance VMs, and continuous discovery
  • Understand all the steps necessary to carry out the migration of a VMware virtual machine to Microsoft Azure

Intended Audience

  • IT professionals interested in becoming Azure cloud architects or preparing for Microsoft’s Azure certification exams
  • IT professionals tasked with managing and supporting Azure virtual machines


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



After lots and lots of preparation, we can now perform an actual migration. To kick off our migration here, I can do so right from the replicating machines page. I can either right-click my machine and then click Migrate or I can select Migrate from the top navigation bar.

What I'll do is right-click my APP01 machine and then select Migrate. What I want to do here is shut down my virtual machine so there's no data loss. What happens here is the on-prem machine gets shut down as part of the migration so no changes happen on that source machine while it migrates.

Now, I could choose No here if I didn't want to shut down the on-prem VM but in practice, you typically wouldn't want both the on-prem VM and the migrated VM to be running at the same time. So I'll allow it to shut down here.

We'll go ahead and click Migrate and then at this point the migration job starts for the VM. And once this migration completes, I'll be able to manage the VM from my virtual machines page in my Azure portal like any other VM in Azure.

So I'll let this migration run and then what we'll do is we'll hop over into the next lesson where we'll complete the migration.

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.