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Migrating VMs from On-Premises to Microsoft Azure
Today, there are a few different ways to move servers to Azure:
- The Windows Sysinternals site offers a tool called Disk2vhd that creates a virtual hard disk from a physical disk. This disk can then be attached to a Hyper-V server, including those that power Azure, converting a physical server to a virtual server. Disk2vhd includes command line options so the process can be automated.
- For Virtual Machines that are being hosted on Hyper-V servers,you can use the Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter and move the virtual hard disks directly into Azure Storage and then attach them to Virtual Machines with no need for conversion. This process can be fully automated with PowerShell as Hyper-V hosts and Azure are both PowerShell compatible. VMs that are hosted on VMware based hosts can be converted with the Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter. These converted images can be migrated to Hyper-V or then to Azure.
These options are valid solutions to the Azure migration challenge, but neither offers a one-stop tool that helps with cloud migrations.
Earlier this year, Microsoft acquired InMage, accelerating our strategy to provide hybrid cloud solutions to customers. Stemming from this acquisition, there is a new tool, the Microsoft Migration Accelerator, currently in limited preview, that is worth evaluating.
Microsoft Migration Accelerator
The Microsoft Migration Accelerator can move physical, VMware, Amazon Web Services, and Hyper-V virtual machines to Azure. It automates the entire process from discovery, agent installation, network configuration, and endpoint configuration. This tool drastically streamlines the migration to Azure.
The feature highlights below support how the Migration Accelerator can significantly improve how you plan for, and implement, cloud migrations.
Fast, pain-free migrations
End-to-end migration scenarios can be configured in minutes. From discovering your assets, to network reconfiguration in Azure, every critical step of the migration process is rendered hassle-free through intelligent automation.
Supports all major platforms and operating systems including VMware, AWS, Hyper-V and physical servers; and requires just this one solution to orchestrate Azure cloud adoption throughout your environment.
Near-zero downtime and data loss
Replicate and test your workloads on Azure before committing to a cutover. After an initial sync, data replication between your assets and Azure is near synchronous, with minimal impact to production systems. When you’re ready, Migration Accelerator will switch the primary to Azure for a seamless migration.
Simplify multi-tier application migrations to Azure, with the ability to detect and stage most applications. Microsoft Migration Accelerator automatically orchestrates the startup order of applications in Azure, to ensure no manual configurations are required to obtain uniformity with your source.
With the standardization of cloud migration coming, and with the introduction of Microsoft Migration Accelerator, your opportunity to offer cloud migration services really takes shape. Getting your technical resources ready for a migration requires training in one tool, and one process applies to migration from all platforms with predictable outcomes. The standardization of the process lends itself to the ability to create a fixed-price model, simplifying your sales and marketing strategies.
We are excited by what the Microsoft Migration Accelerator offers you. We’ll talk more about this new tool and your opportunities on our November 20 US Azure Partner Community call. Register today to join us.