Prepare the Target Environment

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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


With the configuration server and source environment set up, select and verify target resources by clicking Target Prepare. Choose the subscription to where recovery services should be deployed and ensure Resource Manager is selected as the deployment type. Ensure at least one compatible Azure storage account exists and that at least one compatible virtual network exists. The storage account will host the virtual disks for the VMs that are replicated to Microsoft Azure. The virtual network is what the replicated VMs will connect to. Click OK to complete the preparation of the target environment. After doing so, set up a replication policy which will be used to control such items as frequency of replication and recovery points. To configure a replication policy, click Create and Associate. Give the new policy a name and set the RPO threshold. You will also need to specify the recovery point retention. 

The RPO threshold specifies how often data recovery points are created. Recovery point retention refers to how long the retention window is for each recovery point. Replicated servers can be recovered to any point within a window. Azure supports up to 24 hours of replication for machines replicated to premium storage and up to 72 hours for standard storage. Lastly, set the app consistent snapshot frequency which indicates how often recovery points containing application consistent snapshots will be created. Click OK to complete the configuration of the policy. Click OK twice more to complete the target environment preparation. The policy that's created in this process is automatically associated with the configuration server. By default, a matching policy is automatically created for failback as well. The automatically created failback policy isn't used until you initiate a failback from 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.