- An Azure Mobility licence (read more here)
- At least one Full System Backup (FSB) of the machine
- If you are using the RedApp, follow these steps to deploy an agent for the machine you want to back up. Ensure that Full System Backup is switched on. Run a backup as soon as the agent has been installed.
- If you already have a desktop ESE Agent on the machine, switch on Full System Backup above the file explorer, then click Backup.
Note: When enabling FSB on an Azure Virtual Machine with a temporary disk, we recommend excluding the temporary disk from the backup selection. Read more here.
- An Azure account with access to an Azure subscription (the user is required to authenticate with credentials that have permission to create resources in this subscription)
- A resource group for the virtual machine to migrate into
- A storage account in the subscription - this is needed for the following purposes:
- As a target for uploading the migration agent and for configuration into Azure. The resulting blob is then converted into a Managed Disk, which is used for starting the migration.
- As temporary storage for the the WinPE bootstrapper image. This is because we need to copy the image into the correct Azure region before we can convert it into a Managed Disk.
- We also use the Storage Account's Azure region and resource group for creating the new VM.
- A virtual network for the machine to run on (which can connect to the internet), and a virtual network subnet - these are needed to connect out to the Storage Platform during the migration, and for virtual machine connectivity when the migration is completed.
How to migrate a machine to Azure via the RedApp
- Go to the Machines section in the sidebar.
- Drill down to the machine you want to migrate.
- On the machine's main page, click on the menu icon and go to Recover > Recover full system.
- Provide the encryption key for the account and click Next.
- Select the backup you will use for migration purposes from the drop-down menu. Click Next to continue, or open Advanced settings to configure the disk volumes first.
Note: Tick Disable backup service if the original machine is still running an active backup account.
- If desired, configure the disk volume sizes and selection. Click Next.
- To allow the migration to proceed, sign into your Microsoft Azure account and accept the permissions.
- Provide the specifications for the virtual machine that will be created to migrate into, then click Next.
- Confirm the VM details and click Recover.
- A recovery will now be queued which will migrate the machine into Azure. You can monitor the progress of the migration from the machine's main page.
- When the migration completes, the newly created virtual machine will be stopped. Restart it from the Azure portal to access the data that has been migrated.
Post-migration Windows RDP
Because of the number of ways of configuring connectivity to a migrated VM, the VM will initially only be assigned a private IP. Note that this only applies to Windows machines. There are two options if you want to RDP to the migrated machine:
- Assign a public IP to the VM: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-network/associate-public-ip-address-vm
- Create a VPN into Azure in order to access the VM: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/vpn-gateway/create-routebased-vpn-gateway-portal