Guided Hands-on Lab: Deliver Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) with Windows Azure Hyper-V Recovery Manager (HRM)

Implementing an effective Disaster Recovery and Business Continuance plan can be a really complicated and expensive ordeal for some Private Clouds. 

In many cases, competing solutions either don't meet the Recovery Point Objectives (RPO) that an organization may require, or they are super-expensive to implement because they rely on costly site recovery management software and/or proprietary storage appliances at multiple sites. 

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What is Windows Azure Hyper-V Recovery Manager?

I'm glad you asked! Windows Azure Hyper-V Recovery Manager (HRM) works together with Hyper-V Replica to provide an easy, orchestrated approach to replication and recovery plans for virtualized applications. This approach includes:

In the remainder of this article, I'll provide an introduction to Windows Azure Hyper-V Recovery Manager and a Guided Hands-On Lab at the end of this article that allows you to step through the process of protecting your Private Clouds with a Recovery Plan.

How does Windows Azure Hyper-V Recovery Manager work?

Hyper-V Recovery Manager is configured via the Windows Azure management portal to provide an off-site recovery plan for on-premise Private Clouds managed by System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager. 

With Hyper-V Recovery Manager, you can:

  • Automatically enable and configure Hyper-V Replica on the virtualization hosts throughout your Private Cloud
  • Asynchronously replicate running VMs in your on-premise Private Cloud to another off-premise Private Cloud, both managed by System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager management servers
  • Build a Recovery Plan to provide orchestrated failover of your VMs, with the ability to include ordered groups of VMs, custom scripts and manual actions
  • Perform a Test Failover to test your Recovery Plan while keeping production applications online
  • Perform Planned and Unplanned Failovers, using the steps defined in the Recovery Plan

Does Replication Data Flow Through Windows Azure?

No. With Hyper-V Recovery Manager, Windows Azure is used to centralize the configuration and management of a Private Cloud Recovery Plan that spans multiple System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager management servers.  Once configured, Hyper-V Recovery Manager works with System Center 2012 R2 VMM at both the primary and secondary datacenter locations to configure asynchronous VM replication directly between the appropriate Hyper-V hosts.

How do I handle Virtual Networks when Failover Occurs?

When configuring Hyper-V Recovery Manager, you can map Virtual Networks at your primary and secondary datacenter locations to one another.  For best results, we recommend leveraging Windows Network Virtualization with Hyper-V hosts using System Center 2012 R2 VMM so that IP addresses on VMs do not need to be reassigned when failover occurs between sites.

What do I need?

To evaluate Hyper-V Recovery Manager, you'll need the following components:

Guided Lab Exercises

In this Guided Lab Scenario, you'll complete the following tasks to configure disaster recovery protection of your on-premise Private Clouds:

  • Create a Windows Azure Hyper-V Recovery Manager Vault
  • Upload Management Certificates to the Vault
  • Download, Install and Register the Hyper-V Recovery Manager Agent on each System Center 2012 R2 VMM management server
  • Configure Recovery Failover Protection for an On-premise Private Cloud
  • Enable Recovery for the VMs to be protected
  • Create a Recovery Plan to orchestrate multi-VM failovers

Once you're done, you'll test your Recovery Plan by performing a Test Failover.

Estimated Completion Time: 15 to 20 minutes

Let’s Get Started!

To launch this Guided Lab Scenario, click the Play button in the window below. 

Guided Lab Scenario: Windows Azure Hyper-V Recovery Manager

Guided Lab Tips:

  • After launching the lab in the window above, you may wish to also click the Show Full Screen button in the lower right portion of the window for best viewing.
  • The lab captions can be moved by clicking/dragging if they obscure a portion of your Guided Lab window, particularly when using lower screen resolutions.

Completed! Where can I learn more?

In addition to the Guided Lab above, detailed step-by-step documentation on Windows Azure Hyper-V Recovery Manager is available at:

And ... while you're at it, be sure to check out the rest of our Disaster Recovery Planning for IT Pro series at:

Comments (4)
  1. KeithMayer says:

    Hi Gina,

    Currently, HRM orchestrates site-to-site failover between Private Cloud sites.  It doesn't currently offer the ability for Azure to be the failover location.

    Having said that, lots of customers are using Azure as their secondary site as part of a DR strategy – just not with HRM (today). You can build a site-to-site VPN between an Azure virtual network and your local on-premises datacenter, and then use it to replicate Active Directory, mirror SQL databases, DFS-R replicate file server content, and Xcopy deploy web apps running on IIS.  The failover process could be orchestrated via a PowerShell script.

    You'll find the details for implementing these scenarios in our CloudLab guides, located at

    Hope this helps!


  2. Gina3 says:

    Is there any documentation that states that Azure itself can be the secondary data center in a HVRM orchestrated  fail over for those organizations that don't have the resources for a secondary on premise site in another location?

  3. Anonymous says:

    Throughout our Disaster Recovery Planning Series of IT Pros this month, we've been discussing the steps involved in planning an effective Disaster Recovery strategy … And planning for the additional capacity needed to implement a successful DR plan

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