Set Up the Configuration Server

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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


- [Instructor] After the template is deployed, login to the configuration server and accept the license agreement and enter a password. This completes the installation of Windows. After the installation finishes, sign back in to the VM as the administrator. Within a few seconds, the Azure site recovery configuration tool automatically starts. Provide a name for the configuration server and click next. The tool checks that the VM can connect to Azure and after the connection is established prompts you to sign in to your Azure subscription. The credentials you use must have access to the vault in which you want to register the configuration server. The configuration server management wizard starts automatically within a few seconds. Select your Azure tenant and click next. The tool performs some configuration tasks and then reboots the machine. Log back into the machine. In the configuration server management wizard, select set up connectivity, and then select the NIC that should be used to receive replication traffic from the VMs and then click save. Sign in to Microsoft Azure and select your subscription along with the relevant resource group in vault.

 One thing to note is that once the server has been registered, there's no flexibility to change which recovery services vault it's registered with. Proceed to install MySQL and then validate the configuration. Provide the fully qualified domain name or IP address of the vCenter server and provide a friendly name to be used for the VMWare server in the vault. The port would typically be left a the default setting. Supply credentials to be used by the configuration server to connect to VMWare. These credentials are used to discover VMWare virtual machines that are available for replication. Select add and then continue. The credentials provided here are locally saved. Provide a user name and password for the virtual machines so that the mobility service can be automatically installed during replication. For Windows machines, the account needs local admin privileges on the VM that you want to replicate. For Linux, provide details for the root account. Since we aren't protecting Linux machines in this exercise, we just need to confirm as such by clicking yes. Click finalize configuration to complete registration.

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.