Our FSR to Azure agent restores your data by creating a virtual machine in Azure and then doing a bare metal recovery (BMR) to that virtual machine. Restoring in this way has two main benefits:
- cost savings (since the data does not need to be transferred to and from Azure), and
- improved performance (since the data does not need to be transferred via a local machine), especially if the recovery is initiated from a Storage Platform that is also in Azure.
Please note that Full System Recovery does have certain limitations that need to be taken into account.
You will need:
- An Azure account with access to an Azure subscription
- A resource group for the virtual machine to restore into
- A storage account to restore the machine data to
- A virtual network for the machine to run on (which can connect to the internet)
- A virtual network subnet
How to recover to Azure:
- In the Storage Platform Console, right-click the account you wish to restore and select InstantData > Share.
- On the web launch page, select Full System Recovery and click Download.
- Run the downloaded .exe file.
- In the dialog that appears, enter your account details and click Next.
- Under Target, select Azure, then click Next.
Note: To restore only the OS drive, tick Configure volume settings at the bottom, select all the OS disk volumes from the list that appears, and click Next.
- Select a Microsoft account from the list that appears, and sign in. Accept the permissions.
- Provide your hypervisor details and click Next.
- Check your recovery details and click Start. The restore process will begin.
- Restore progress will be shown in the workspace and the progress bar.
- When the restore completes, the newly created virtual machine will be stopped. Restart it from the Azure portal to access your data.