One of the primary objectives on the task list in most environments today is migrating at least part of the on-premises infrastructure footprint to the cloud. For many, migrating at least part of their on-premises infrastructure to the cloud is extremely beneficial in a number of ways.
In this post I'll explain about using Microsoft tool/services or even 3rd party tools in order to successfully migrate local Servers to Azure and validate.
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However, migrating on-premises workloads to a public cloud environment does not come without the complexity and hidden challenges, so in order to successfully migrate your Servers without any issue due to the compatibility or due to any other reasons, you have to validate/access the Server before you start the migration
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Virtual machines (Hosted on Hyper-V)
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Below is the list of common tools which you can use do a assessment or even to do the migration for the servers
Physical Servers & Virtual Machines
Azure migrate is a tool from Microsoft that helps you to migrate on-premises workloads using a centralized portal that allows you to track the discovery, assessment, and migration of your on-premises workloads and data to your Azure environment.
Azure Site Recovery
For a long time the advice from Microsoft was to utilise ASR to help migrate your workloads from your own data centre to Azure, and it can still be used for that scenario however Microsft is currntly pushing everyone to use Azure migrate!
Supported only - On-premises virtualization servers
Finally, I would like to say that you can use almost all the assessment tools which I mentioned above to do the migration
Meanwhile, I do highly recommended to use Azure Migrate or ASR to do the migration
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Mohammad Al Rousan is a Microsoft MVP (Azure), Microsoft Certified Solution Expert (MCSE) in Cloud Platform & Azure DevOps & Infrastructure, An active community blogger and speaker.
Al Rousan has over 8 years of professional experience in IT Infrastructure and very passionate about Microsoft technologies and products.
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