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Protect Virtual Machines with #SCVMM and Microsoft #Azure Site Recovery #HybridCloud

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This Blogpost is about Deploying Microsoft Azure Site Recovery Manager to replicate and failover virtual machines on Hyper-V host servers that are located in System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) clouds. It’s not Microsoft Hyper-V alone protection anymore, they have managed to protect VMWare and Physical Servers on Primary Sites too.

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Microsoft Azure Site Recovery Quick Start

On April 30, 2015. You could choose from the Quick Start page the following configurations :

  • Between an On-Premises VMM Site and Azure
  • Between Two On-Premises VMM Sites
  • Between an On-Premises Hyper-V Site and Azure
  • Between Two On-Premises VMWare Sites
  • Between Two On-Premises VMM Sites with SAN Array Replication.

I choose the first one, Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager RU6 and Microsoft Azure.
Before we begin :  information about Azure Site Recovery prerequisites and supported scenarios. 

When Your Microsoft Azure Subscription is Active and you have created a Storagepool in Azure, you can follow the next step.

 

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Quick Create a Site Recovery Vault by giving it a Name and choose a Region

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This is my Azure Site Recovery called HybridCloud

From here start the Quick Start Page of your Azure Site Recovery Vault by clicking on

Quickstart

 

Choose option

I Choose for SCVMM to Azure

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Just Click on the links for a Registration key and the SCVMM Provider Software

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Set the Proxy settings when you behind an Proxy Server

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Browse to your downloaded Registration key of the Azure Site Recovery

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Give the directory path for the Certificate

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Registration software in SCVMM is completed

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Here you see your SCVMM Server in the Azure Site Recovery Vault

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In System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager RU6 is ASR also Active

Next Step is to install the ASR Agent on Hyper-V :

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Choose your Cache Location with Enough Storage

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Set your Proxy Settings and Click Next

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Click Install

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Click on Proceed to Registration

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Next Step in Virtual Machine Manager

If you don’t have your Virtual Machines in a SCVMM Cloud, you have to make Cloud(s) with Virtual Machine Manger.
The next step is to make a Cloud if you don’t have any.

Create Cloud

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Give your Private Cloud a Name and Mark the Checkbox for ASR Protection

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Select your Resources

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Choose the right network

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Click Next

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Choose the right Storage pool(s) for this Cloud

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Check the Summary and make your Private Cloud with SCVMM

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When you have a VM in your Cloud Click on Manage Protection

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Select the Replication settings

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The SCVMM Cloud is in the Azure Recovery Site

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Configure now the network Maps

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Map the Azure VNET to your Local Network

When you protect the Virtual Machine you will see this in Azure :

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And after this Hyper-V Replica to Azure is replicating the VM to the Microsoft Cloud :

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When the Sync is completed we can make an Azure Recovery Plan :

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In my Next blogpost I will write more about Microsoft Azure Recovery Plans.

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The Latest (april 2015) Azure Team Blog information about Microsoft Azure Site Recovery you can find it here

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FREE WhitePaper : System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager – Disaster Recovery #sysctr #SCCM

System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager

Configuration Manager 2012 R2 disaster recovery is a complex process. It requires sufficient knowledge of the Configuration Manager Product & dependent components. This document describes the steps to recover a full Configuration Manager 2012 R2 hierarchy in case of disaster. This document also describes the steps to recovery either CAS or Primary sites as well as additional steps that Configuration Manager Administrators should follow in order to restore a Configuration Manager Hierarchy or Sites without data loss. This document also provides some helpful troubleshooting tips.
At a higher level, there are the following few steps described below to recover an entire hierarchy in the event of disaster. Please note that the steps are different for recovering an entire hierarchy and individual site servers such as CAS or Primary sites. Please refer to appropriate sections within this document to recover appropriate site servers. The approximate time noted below in each of the tasks may vary significantly as there are many factors involved when recovering an entire hierarchy so use this timing as an example ONLY.

  1. Collect CAS & Primary Site Information (~1 hour)  In this step, collect & document all the necessary information required from the existing hierarchy. This task should be followed regularly whenever there are updates/changes at the site level so that it will save time at the time of disaster recovery.
  2. Backup Sites – CAS & Primary (~3 hrs.)  This section describes backup options.
  3. Recover CAS Site (~3 to 48 hrs.) This section provides the steps to recover the CAS Site server. Global data can be recovered within 3-4 hours but for site data it can take up to 48 hours.
  4. Recover Primary Site(s) (~3 to 48 hrs.)  This section provides the steps to recover Primary Site servers. Global data can be recovered within 3-4 hours but for site data it can take up to 48 hours.  Recover from supplemental backups (~2 hrs.)
  5. This section describes the steps to recover the additional components of Configuration Manager.

You can download this Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager WhitePaper here


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Rebuilding and Upgrading Microsoft Testlab and Start with #Hyperv Recovery Manager with #Azure #HybridCloud

With our testlab ICTCUMULUS we made awesome Microsoft solutions with Private and Public Cloud and learned a lot.
Here are some blogposts I made earlier :

Starting : From Microsoft Private Cloud to Hybrid Cloud Services

From Microsoft Private Cloud to Hybrid Cloud Services: Hyperv Clustering

From Microsoft Private Cloud to Hybrid Cloud Services : SCVMM 2012 R2

Making a NVGRE Gateway with System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager

SQL 2014 Guest Cluster with Shared VHDX on Hyperv 2012 R2 Cluster for WAPack

Windows Azure Pack for Windows Server 2012 R2 Guide

Now it’s time for upgrading and rebuilding our Testlab ICTCUMULUS with extra memory and new Microsoft Hyper-v 2012 R2 Hypervisors.

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Upgrade 2We have enough Memory now 😉

Here are the Visio drawings of ICT CUMULUS and we Changed some things like :

  • A Dedicated Hyper-V Cluster 2012 R2 for a virtual SQL 2014 Guest Cluster.
  • A Dedicated Switch for I-SCSI storage traffic.

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When we are ready with rebuilding ICTCUMULUS Testlab, we will start with Microsoft Azure Site Recovery Manager and my next blogpost:

Azure replication


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Migrate On-Premise Virtualized Workloads to Azure using Azure Site Recovery #Azure #Hyperv #DR #SCVMM

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Here you can read more about Azure site Recovery on this blogpost of Microsoft Azure to migrate virtualized workloads to Azure to reduce downtime of production.


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UPDATED : Microsoft Azure Site Recovery deployment guides #Azure #Hyperv #SCVMM #HybridCloud

Azure replication

Deploy Microsoft Azure Site Recovery Manager to replicate and failover virtual machines on Hyper-V host servers that are located in System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) clouds. You can set up replication and failover from one on-premises VMM server to another, or from an on-premises VMM server to Microsoft Azure. To perform the replication that the service orchestrates, VMM uses Hyper-V Replica, a replication mechanism that is built into Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012.

Here you find all the information you need for Microsoft Azure Site Recovery :

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