Migrating VMware Virtual Machines to Microsoft Azure with MVMC 2.0 Part 2

 

In my previous blog post Migrating VMware Virtual Machines with MVMC 2.0 Part 1 we demonstrated how easy it is to convert a VMware virtual machine to a Hyper-V virtual machine. In this post we will take it one step further and convert a VMware virtual machine and migrate it to Microsoft Azure.

Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter 2.0 (MVMC) has the option to easily convert the VMware virtual machine to a Hyper-V VHD and move it into your Microsoft Azure subscription. We will use the existing infrastructure from our previous post, Migrating VMware Virtual Machines with MVMC 2.0 Part 1 to convert the VMware virtual machine and migrate it up to our Microsoft Azure Subscription.

Prerequisites

The computer that is running MVMC must have a self-signed certificate that is uploaded into Microsoft Azure. This is a necessary security component to allow the computer that is converting the VMware virtual machine to move the VHD into the selected Azure storage account. There are many ways to create the self-signed certificate on the computer, (add the Internet Information Service, MakeCert etc., a quick search should provide all of the necessary tasks). Once you create the certificate on the computer running MVMC, follow the steps below to upload the certificate to your Microsoft Azure subscription.

Uploading the Certificate to Azure

Log into the Azure Portal > Go to settings

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Select Management Certificates

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Click Upload

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Once the certificate is uploaded, the MVMC computer and it’s certificate will appear in the Azure portal

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VMware to Microsoft Azure Conversion Environment

I will be using the same Hyper-V host “conversion server” that was used in Migrating VMware Virtual Machines with MVMC Part1. This will allow us great flexibility and cost savings in our options by using the same hardware and application to convert VMware virtual machines and to migrate VMware virtual machines to Microsoft Azure. The MVMC 2.0 conversion and migration-to-Azure process is very similar to the conversion to an on premise Hyper-V virtual machine. The only difference is that the converted virtual machine is then moved by MVMC 2.0 to the selected Microsoft Azure subscription storage account and not placed on the “target” Hyper-V host.

VMware Virtual Machine Migration to Microsoft Azure

Launch MVMC > Click Next

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Select Migrate to Windows Azure > Click Next

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Enter the Azure Subscription Information. This is the Microsoft Azure Subscription ID and the Certificate Thumbprint of the computer certificate that was uploaded earlier in this post > Click Next

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Specify the Azure storage account. This is the destination of the converted VMware virtual machine disk, now a VHD > Click Next

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Enter the VMware server details, User name and Password > Click Next

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Select the virtual Machine that you want to convert > Click Next

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Select Next

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Select the location on the local machine where the converted hard disk will reside

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Select Finish

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The VMware virtual machine starts to convert to a VHD. The MVMC conversion process is virtually identical to a straight up VMware conversion to Hyper-V. MVMC creates a snapshot of the VMware virtual machine, uninstalls the VMware tools and then converts the VMware disk to a VHD file compatible in Microsoft Azure.

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Successful conversion. The only difference here is the converted virtual machine was moved in the Microsoft Azure Storage account that you specified via the MVMC wizard.

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The converted VHD is now present in the Azure storage account

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Deploy the Converted VMware virtual machine from the Azure Gallery

Click New > Virtual Machine > From Gallery

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In the Azure Gallery select My Disks > Click Next

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The converted VMware virtual machine will appear as a disk in the Azure gallery

Select the disk > Click Next

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The Virtual machine configuration wizard launches

Enter the name and size for the Azure virtual machine > Click Next

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Create the cloud service for the converted virtual machine > Select Azure Region, Virtual Network and Availability Set (optional).

If you need to open any additional ports add the endpoints > Click Next

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The converted virtual machine will deploy in the Azure subscription

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The newly deployed Azure virtual machine will be on your domain with the Hyper-V Integration Tools installed.


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