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Converting from Amazon to Azure

When restoring an Amazon EC2 instance from backup, you can choose to convert the EC2 instance to a virtual machine and deploy it in Microsoft Azure Classic or Azure Resource Manager. You can convert Windows and Linux instances.

Considerations

  • Before you convert a VM from a non-Azure hypervisor using a "restore as" operation or a Live Sync operation, verify that the source VM meets the requirements for non-endorsed distributions. This verification is important because Linux VMs that are based on an endorsed distribution of Microsoft Azure have the prerequisites that enable them to run on Azure, but VMs that originate from other hypervisors might not. For more information, see Information for Non-Endorsed Distributions.
  • You can convert from streaming backups or backup copies, but not from IntelliSnap backups.
  • Conversion is not supported for Amazon templates (AMIs).
  • The converted VM does not retain tags that were specified in the Amazon instance.
  • Private IP addresses are not retained. Network settings are created based on the destination virtual network in Azure.
  • The operating system for the destination VM must be an operating system that is supported for Microsoft Azure.

Before You Begin

  • Create a virtualization client for Azure Classic or Azure Resource Manager.
  • Perform a backup of the Amazon EC2 instance.

    Important: You can only convert an instance if the OS disk is included in the backup.

  • Azure Standard or Premium general-purpose storage accounts are required for VM conversion to Azure.
  • For faster conversions, use the following approach:
    1. Create a virtual machine in Azure and install the MediaAgent package on the VM.
    2. Use the Azure MediaAgent to create a secondary copy of the backup data in the Azure cloud.
    3. Create a virtual machine in Azure and install the Virtual Server Agent package on the VM.
    4. Use the Azure VSA proxy to perform the conversion.

    This approach improves data transfer speeds to the destination storage account. A Premium storage account provides the best performance.

Procedure

  1. From the CommCell Browser, expand Client Computers > virtualization_client > Virtual Server > Amazon > backup_set.
  2. Initiate the restore from a subclient or backup set:
    • From a subclient: Right-click the subclient and select Browse and Restore.
    • From a backup set: Right-click the backup set, point to All Tasks, and click Browse and Restore.
  3. In the Browse and Restore Options dialog box, ensure that Full Virtual Machine is selected.
  4. From the Restore as list beside Full Virtual Machine, select Azure Classic or Azure Resource Manager.
  5. Click View Content.
  6. From the list of backed up instances in the Client tab, select one or more instances to be converted and click Recover All Selected.
  7. In the Restore Options for All Selected Items dialog box:

    Azure Subscription

    Displays the virtualization client for the Azure subscription. Select the Azure subscription client for the restore operation. The subscription type of the virtualization client (Classic or Azure Resource Manager) must match the type of the client for the source VM.

    Proxy Client

    By default, the preferred VSA proxy for the virtualization client is used for the restore. For Azure Classic VMs, you must select a VSA proxy that has an Azure management certificate installed. You can select any VSA proxy for Azure Resource Manager VMs.

    Destination Information

    Provide the following information to restore the converted instance into Azure:

    1. In the VM and Disk column, expand each instance to view the volumes in that instance.
    2. In the Change VM display name to column, enter the new display name for the Azure virtual machine.
    3. Select one of the following:
      • For Azure Classic, click in the Cloud Services column and click ... to specify the Cloud Services group for the restored VM.
      • For Azure Resource Manager, click in the Resource Group column and click ... to specify the Resource Group for the restored VM.
    4. In the Storage Account column, select the storage account for a virtual machine or disk.

      For Azure Resource Manager, you can specify any storage account in the same region as the selected resource group.

      The following general-purpose storage accounts are supported for VM conversion:

      • Standard storage
      • Premium storage
    5. To specify other options, select one or more virtual machines, then click Configure under the Settings column.

      The Azure Virtual Machine Configuration dialog box appears.

    6. As needed, specify other values:
    • VM Display Name: Displays the name of the virtual machine.
    • Cloud Services: For Azure Classic, click ... to specify the Cloud Services group for all selected VMs.
    • Resource Group: For Azure Resource Manager, click ... to specify the Resource Group for the restored VM.
    • Storage Account: Select the storage account to be used for all selected virtual machines or disks.

      For Azure Resource Manager, you can specify any storage account in the same region as the selected resource group.

    • VM size: Select a size specification for the restored virtual machine. If you choose Auto Select, the conversion operation automatically chooses a configuration that is similar to the source instance.
    • Restore as Managed VM: To restore virtual machines as managed virtual machines, select this check box.

      When you select this option, the restore operation creates virtual machine disks in the specified storage account, and then converts them to managed disks and attaches the disks to the restored virtual machine.

    • Operating System: Select an operating system to match the source instance. If you choose Auto Select, the conversion operation automatically chooses an operating system that matches the source instance.

      The operating system for the destination VM must be an operating system that is supported for Microsoft Azure.

    • Azure Virtual Network Options:

      Create Public IP: If a public IP address is not required on restored VMs, clear this selection. By default, a public IP address is assigned to Azure Resource Manager virtual machines during restores.

      Network Interface: Click ... to specify a network connection for the restored VM.

      For Azure Resource Manager, you can specify any subnet in the same region as the selected resource group.

      Network Security Group: Click ... to specify a network security group for the restored VM.

    Power ON Virtual Machine after restore

    Select this check box to power on the virtual machine automatically after the restore is complete.

    Unconditionally overwrite VM with the same name

    Select this check box to replace a virtual machine with the same name at the specified destination.

  8. Click OK to initiate the restore job.

Last modified: 10/23/2018 7:50:39 PM