Run a Test Migration

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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


When you run a test failover a prerequisites check runs to ensure all conditions required for failover are in place. Failover then processes the data so that the Azure VM can be created in the target environment. Next, an Azure VM is created using the processed data. To run a test failover, browse to the recovery vault, and click Replicated Items. Click the VM to be failed-over, and then click Test Failover. Select the latest processed Recovery Point to failover the VM to. Choosing this option provides the lowest recovery time objective, because no data needs to be processed. In the Test failover screen, select the Target Azure Network to which the Azure VM will connect after the failover occurs. And then click Okay to begin the failover. 

You can track the progress of a failover test by clicking on the Status itself. Once testing is complete, delete the Azure VM created during the Test failover, by clicking Cleanup test failover on the VM screen. In the Notes section, note any observations associated with the Test failover. The Cleanup Wizard will go in and delete any VM resources that were deployed into Azure during the Test Migration. The Wizard will also ensure that the on-prem VM is brought back into a protected state. You can follow the status of the cleanup on screen. Provided the Test Migration runs successfully, you can move forward with the Production Migration, which we will cover in the next demonstration.

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.