Converting from Azure Classic to Azure

When restoring from a backup of an Azure Classic VM, you can choose to convert the VM to Azure.

This option enables you to upgrade VMs that were created in the older environment.

Note: You cannot convert Azure VMs to Azure Classic.

You can perform VM conversions from streaming backups, from secondary copies, or from IntelliSnap backup copies. You cannot perform a conversion from a Snap copy.

Before You Begin

  • 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.
  • The source VM backup must be performed in Service Pack 9 or later.
  • To restore Azure VMs to a specific region, verify that all the components in the setup (CommServe computer, VSA proxies) have been upgraded to Service Pack 18 or a more recent service pack.

    Note: After upgrading to Service Pack 18 or a more recent service pack, you do not need to make changes to the existing recovery targets, replication groups, or Live Sync schedules.


  1. From the CommCell Browser, expand Client Computers > virtualization_client > Virtual Server > instance > 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.

    The Browse and Restore Options dialog box appears.

  3. Select Full Virtual Machine.
  4. From the Restore as list, select Azure Resource Manager.
  5. Click View Content.
  6. From the list of backed up virtual machines in the Client tab, expand a virtual machine, select a virtual machine to be restored, and click Recover All Selected.

    The Restore VM wizard launches and displays the Destination page.

  7. Specify the destination and the proxy to be used for the restore:

    By default, the restore is performed using the preferred VSA proxy for the virtualization client.

    1. Select the client for the Azure Resource Manager subscription from the Virtualization Client list.

      The Subscription Details area shows the subscription ID.

    2. To use a different proxy for the restore, select the proxy from the Proxy Client list.
  8. Click Next.

    The wizard displays the Virtual Machines page. The VM and Disk column shows the source virtual machines with disks underneath each virtual machine.

  9. For an out-of-place restore, specify parameters for the restore:
    1. In the VM and Disk column, expand each virtual machine to view the disks in that virtual machine.
    2. In the Change VM display name to column, enter the new display name for the virtual machine.
    3. 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.

      You can specify any storage account in the same region as the selected resource group.

    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.

      As needed, specify other values:

      • VM Display Name: Displays the name of the virtual machine.
      • Resource Group: Browse to specify the resource group for the restored VM.
      • Storage Account: Select the storage account to be used for all selected virtual machines or disk.

        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.

        The Auto Select option uses the smallest VM size that can accommodate the disks, memory, and CPUs of the source VM. You can change the value to expand the VM configuration.

      • 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: Leave the Auto Select option or select the same operating system as the source VM.
      • 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.

        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.

      Click OK to save and close the Azure Virtual Machine Configuration dialog box.

  10. Click Next.

    The wizard displays the Restore Options page.

  11. Optional: Select restore options:
    • Power ON Virtual Machine after Restore: Select this check box to start 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.
  12. Click Next.

    The wizard displays the Job Options page.

  13. Run the job immediately or configure a schedule for the restore.
  14. Click Next.

    The wizard displays a Summary page for the restore.

  15. Click Finish to submit the restore job.

Last modified: 4/9/2020 8:49:36 PM