In this video, Sharon provides an overview of new Azure Migrate service, including the features and limitations.
- [Narrator] The Azure Migrate service is new to Azure. It became GA in the fall of 2017. Azure Migrate will discover virtual machines that are ready for migration. It will assess Azure readiness for those virtual machines. Recommend sizes as well estimate the monthly costs for those virtual machines. There are some limitations that you need to be aware of. First and foremost it is only available for Vmware that is managed by vCenter Server 5.5, 6.0, and 6.5.
It is only available in the West central US and East US regions. Only managed disks are supported, and you can only assess up to 1,500 virtual machines per scope or project. If you have over 1,500 virtual machines, then you'll need to create a secondary scope. Now these are the current limitations as of this recording in the summer of 2018, and I suspect these limitations will change over time. Therefore please review the documentation before taking the exam.
There are also several VMware account permissions that you need to be aware of. The first being the user type must be read only. The permissions for data center object are propagate to child object and role equals read only. The users need to be assigned at the data center level, and need access to all of the objects in the data center. And finally, assign no access role with propagate to child object to the child objects.
Now let's take a look at how it works. First we have our ESXI host in virtual machines, as well as our Azure admin. And these hosts are managed by vCenter server. The Azure admin will download the OVA and configure the appliance, which is our collector virtual machine. And this collector virtual machine must have ports 3389 and 443 open. Once a collector virtual machine is up and running, the admin can then start the discovery process.
Once the discovery process is started, the raw metadata is sent to the Azure Migrate service. And the process metadata is then captured by the Azure Migrate portal. At this point the user can go ahead and create an assessment which will provide information about the cost of running the virtual machine in Azure, as well as the sizes. Once you've completed the Azure Migrate assessment, you can then choose the method to migrate with. Either Azure site recovery, or the Azure database migration service.
Azure Migrate is a relatively new service, therefore I expect it to become more full featured in the future. I would highly recommend you carefully monitor this service for updates prior to writing the exam.
- Managing Azure subscriptions and resources
- Implementing and managing storage
- Configuring and managing virtual networks
- Managing identities
- Evaluating and performing server migration to Azure
- Implementing and managing application services
- Implementing advanced virtual networking
- Securing identities