Part 4: ASR Enable Replication for VMware VMs

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Welcome back folks.  In this section of the guide we’ll be setting up the replication of our VMware VMs to a recovery vault in our Azure subscription.  Once we’ve successfully replicated one or more of our VMs, we also run a DR-Drill to confirm that’s all working as intended (next section of the guide).  Let’s get on with it:

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Part 3: ASR Deploy a Configuration Server

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Welcome back folks. In this section we’ll be running through a step-by-step process for deploying an ASR Configuration Server. This server is vitally important within an ASR deployment as it not only handles the comms between your on-premises VMware environment and Azure but is also responsible for handling data replication. If you’ve been following the whole series thus far, great, but if not I’d suggest you have a look back at the Azure Site Recovery page before continuing. With no further ado let’s crack on.

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Part 1: ASR Deployment Planner Tool


Before you even start putting together a plan for migrating an environment to Azure, you’ll want to know some of the specifics of that environment, for example:

  • VM compute – vCPU and RAM footprint
  • Disk performance usage – Peak Read and Write IOPS (Data Churn)

You’ll also want to know things like:

  • Required on-premises infrastructure footprint to facilitate replication
  • How much bandwidth is required to meet your chosen RPO (Recovery Point Objective)
  • VM replication eligibility – e.g. Server 2008 32 bit is not supported in Azure
  • Indicative costs for replication to Azure, including scheduled DR Drills

Enter the Azure Site Recovery (ASR) Deployment Planner Tool.  In this guide we’re going to go through the step-by-step process for both profiling our on-premises environment and then generating a report based on that information…so let’s get to it.

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