Setting Up an Azure Migrate Project

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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



Welcome back. What we're going to do in this demonstration is set up a new Azure Migrate Project. To create my project, I need to browse to All services here over on the left-hand side, and then I need to search for Azure Migrate.

We'll select Azure Migrate here. And then from this overview page, I need to click this blue Assess and Migrate Servers button here that's located under the Windows and Linux servers heading. From this getting started page, I can begin adding my tools by clicking the Add tools button here.

Now, for my Migrate Project here, I need to tell Azure which subscription to use and I need to either create a new resource group or select an existing one. I'm going to create a new resource group here called AzureMigrateRG.

In this Project Details pane here, I need to provide a name for my project. So I'll call it MigrateVMs. And I need to decide where I want to deploy, to what the geography is that I'm going to deploy to. So I'll deploy to the United States. I should point out that this geography choice is only used to store the metadata that's collected from my on-prem VMs. This is different from the target region that I'll use when I run my actual migration. So from here, I just have to click Next to proceed. And then from this Add a tool page, I can choose which assessment tool I want to use.

Now, what I'm going to do here is select the Azure Migrate Server Assessment tool. And then I can click Next. Now, we're going to skip the Migration tool for now, because we're just setting up the assessment. So I'll go ahead make sure this skip Adding a Migration Tool checkbox is checked, and then I'll click Next. And then from here, I can review my settings and if everything looks like it's supposed to, I'll just click Add tools to wrap up.

Now, this Azure Migrate Project may take a few minutes to deploy. When it finishes, I'm going to be taken to the project page. And then in the next demonstration, I'll show you how to set up the appliance VM.

About the Author
Thomas Mitchell
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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.