Microsoft Debuts Azure Migrate and Azure Site Recovery Enhancements

Microsoft Debuts Azure Migrate and Azure Site Recovery Enhancements

Microsoft enhanced their Azure Site Recovery and Azure Migrate offerings with a handful of new features designed to make it easier to migrate servers to the Azure platforms.

The Azure Site Recovery (ASR) is a Microsoft product designed to aid in migrating on-premises physical servers and virtual machines to IaaS VMs in Azure, as well as orchestrate and manage disaster recovery for Azure VMs.

ASR receives support for physical server with UEFI boot type

To help making migration tasks simpler and more effective, Redmond added three new features to ASR.

ASR now comes with support for physical servers with UEFI boot type to avoid having to convert the boot type of on-premises servers during the migration process.

With the latest update, ASR now also supports migration of physical servers with UEFI boot type. The support is restricted to Windows machines only (Windows Server 2012 R2 and above).

Microsoft also added support for migration from anywhere which means that, from now on, users of ASR will be able to migrate any kind of private or public server to the Azure platform.

We are happy to announce that the guest OS coverage for AWS has now expanded, and ASR now supports the following operating systems for migration of AWS VMs to Azure.

Source OS versions
  • RHEL 6.5+ New
  • RHEL 7.0+ New
  • CentOS 6.5+ New
  • CentOS 7.0+ New
  • Windows Server 2016
  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Windows Server 2012
  • 64-bit version of Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 or later
VMware and physical servers Get more details on the supported OS versions by reading our documentation, “Support matrix for disaster recovery of VMware VMs and Physical servers to Azure.”
Hyper-V Guest OS agnostic

Linux disk support removes VM migration restrictions

Additionally, ASR now features Linux disk support, which removes a number of restrictions previously experienced by users who needed to migrate VMs from Linux machines.

With the latest update, ASR now supports directories in different disks and also supports /boot on an LVM volume. This essentially means, ASR allows migration of Linux VMs with LVM managed OS and data disks, and directories on multiple disks.

Azure Migrate also got some improvements with Microsoft enabling it for two new geographies (i.e., Azure Government and Europe) with support for a number of others to be enabled during future updates.

It’s important to mention that planning a migration task to a target Azure region is not in any way influenced by the geography selection.

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