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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


I hope you've enjoyed learning about migrating to Microsoft Azure using Azure Migrate and Azure Site Recovery. Let's review what you've learned in this course. Azure Migrate is an agentless assessment tool that is used to assess on-prem VMware environments, and it makes recommendations for migrations of such to Microsoft Azure. The Azure Migrate tool uses an on-prem collector appliance to discover information about the on-prem virtual machines and it collects data, such as CPU and memory usage, disk IOPS, disk throughput, and network output. The collected data is pushed to an Azure Migrate project and can be viewed in the Azure portal. The Azure Migrate tool provides advice on rightsizing cloud resources, allowing for better control of migration costs, resulting in more efficient utilization. When Azure Migrate identifies specific VMs that are problematic, step-by-step guidance is offered for addressing the identified obstacles. 

This help keeps migrations on track. When deploying and leveraging Azure Migrate, it's important that port 443 be open for communications with Microsoft Azure. In addition to learning about Azure Migrate, you also learned how to leverage Azure Site Recovery services to migrate on-prem machines to Microsoft Azure. The process of migrating an on-prem server to Azure using Azure Site Recovery includes selecting a replication goal, setting up the source and target environments, enabling replication, testing a failover to Microsoft Azure, and then last, finalizing the migration. Leveraging Azure Site Recovery services to migrate to Microsoft Azure requires the deployment of a configuration server. The configuration server is a virtual machine or a physical machine that resides on-premises and coordinates communications between the on-prem environment and Microsoft Azure. It also manages data replication. It is essentially the brains of the migration. 

Following the migration of an on-prem machine to Microsoft Azure, Azure Site Recovery services will attempt to automatically shut down the source machine during the failover to Azure. However, in some cases the source machine will need to be manually powered off. To learn more about Azure Migrate and how to migrate to Azure using Azure Site Recovery services, you should check out Microsoft's documentation. Be sure to also watch for new Microsoft Azure courses on Cloud Academy because we're always publishing new ones. Please give this course a rating, and if you have any questions or comments please let us know. Thanks for watching, and happy learning.

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.