Disaster recovery for Azure IaaS VMs

Every organization needs a business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR)  strategy to keep data safe and react to unplanned or planned outage in the best way. Azure Site Recovery (ASR) significantly simplifies these processes providing replication, failover and failback functionalities for your major IT systems.

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ASR can be used in the following scenarios:

  • VMware VMs replication to Azure w/CSP (uses InMage Scout software)
  • Physical servers to Azure (uses InMage software as well)
  • VMware VMs/Physical servers to a secondary site (through InMage Scout)
  • On-premises Hyper-V VMs without VMM to Azure (Hyper-V Replica inside)
  • On-premises Hyper-V VMs with VMM to Azure (Hyper-V Replica inside)
  • On-premises Hyper-V VMs with VMM to a secondary site (Hyper-V Replica inside)
  • Multi-Tier applications (uses SQL AlwaysOn AG, for instance)

But yesterday Microsoft officially extended this list by adding possibility to replicate Azure IaaS VMs running on Windows/Linux to another region within the same geographic cluster.

Now, you may ask, why we need this if Azure already provides high-availability and reliability for every business critical workloads. Official statement says that it’s required by ISO 27001 and it’s compliance requirements.

Furthermore if you’d like to be able to completely meet BCDR strategy in the event of disaster and you are not happy with built-in Azure protection features – new option can also help (seamless failover and failback between different regions to keep RTO/RPO very low)

TIP: this ASR scenario is in public preview state for now.

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As usual, you need to create ASR vault  and enable replication for workloads. You should place ASR Vault at the TARGET location/region to make it work (wizard also checks it automatically).

It’s simple..if source location is down, ASR vault and resource groups will be also offline and your BCDR strategy will be failed –> ASR vaults should be always in the target region

I‘m using ASR created in UK West region and my workloads are running in West Europe DCs. Regions are in the same geographical cluster (Europe).

TIP: new managed disks and VMs scale sets are not supported + temporary disks always excluded from replication

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You don’t need to prepare target infrastructure. ASR does almost all “dirty”” work by itself (network mapping, target networks/groups and storage/cache accounts + availability sets if they are in use in the source region) Continue reading “Disaster recovery for Azure IaaS VMs”

Azure presentation and technical materials

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I’ve received a plenty useful links to my mail today. By using these links you can download Azure related materials to improve your understanding the process of planning and selling Azure services. There are multiple presentations with different levels (from 50 to 200/300) and technical documentation kits.

Azure and CSPs

How partners can make money with Azure IaaS

This presentation provides an overview of how partners can make money with Azure IaaS.

N + DV2 VMs are also described (but a very shortly)

Getting started on CSP for Azure

This FAQ style document is a “Getting Started guide” for Microsoft Azure services in the CSP program.

Overview of CSP in Azure

This presentation provides an overview of the Azure in CSP program

Case Studies 

Azure CSP partner case study – Dell and Takeform

Azure CSP partner case study – Datapipe

Azure CSP partner case study – Lumen21

Azure CSP partner case study – ProserveIT and BC Milk

Azure CSP partner case study – SaaSplaza

Miscelanneous

Active Directory from on-premises to the cloud – Azure AD whitepapers (it’s clear)

Hybrid IaaS technical guides (hope it’s clear too | tech.guides level 300 are perfect)

Hybrid IaaS GTM materials

IoT business documentation

This zipped folder includes an overview of Analytics on Azure, including the IoT vision and data platform scenarios

Internet Of Things (IoT) technical documentation

This document provides technical guidance on deploying cloud services for IoT

Application dev/test technical guides

These documents provide a technical overview of application development and testing.

Application dev/test business documentation

This zipped folder contains documents that provide an overview of application dev/test offerings for partners.

Analytics technical guides

This zipped folder provides technical guidance for analytics on Azure

Analytics business documentation

This zipped folder includes an overview of Analytics on Azure, including the Analytics vision and data platform scenarios.

Contoso in the Microsoft Cloud

[PDF, VSD] See how a representative global organization has adopted all of Microsoft’s cloud offerings, including Office 365, Azure, Dynamics 365, and Intune.

SQL Services

Azure SQL DB technical documentation

This zipped folder contains best practices and deployment documentation for Azure SQL database.

Azure SQL DB business documentation

This zipped folder contains presentations that provide guidance on Azure SQL database – business discussions.

SQL in Azure VMs GTM materials

Videos/solution templates

SQL in Azure VMs technical documentation

Best practices and deployment documentation

SQL in Azure VMs business documentation

This zipped folder contains presentations that provide guidance on SQL in Azure VMs – business discussions.

Power BI technical guides

This zipped folder provides technical guidance for deploying Power BI, creating dashboards, and other technical details of managed services.

Power BI business documentation

This presentation provides guidance on incorporating Power BI into your managed services practice through CSP.

RDS 2016 in Azure

RDS 2016 on Azure laaS Technical Guidance Deck

[PPTX] RDS 2016 on Azure IaaS Scenario, Offer and Deployment Approach

RDS 2016 on Azure laaS Technical Guidance Document

[DOC] Great Technical guidance for CSP partners

RDS 2016 on Azure laaS Landing Page Framework

This is the Remote Desktop Services (RDS) 2016 on Azure IaaS Landing Page Framework for HMSPs. Please use the content and modify the format to fit your website template

RDS 2016 on Azure laaS Hoster Partners Messaging Framework

Use this document as a guide as you develop relevant communications. This is a reference document, intended to inform the work of marketing and sales professionals.

RDS 2016 on Azure laaS Sales Datasheet

Explains the value of RDS 2016 on Azure IaaS (DOC)

RDS on Azure Laas BDM Deck

[PPTX] RDS on Azure Laas BDM Deck

DR and BaaS

Backup and Disaster Recovery technical documentation

These documents provide a technical overview of Backup and Disaster Recovery solutions.

Backup and Disaster Recovery business documentation

This zipped folder contains documents that provides an overview of backup and disaster recovery offerings for partners.

Backup and Disaster Recovery GTM materials

Disaster Recovery for SQL business documentation

This zipped folder contains presentations that provide guidance on disaster recovery for SQL – business discussions.

Disaster Recovery for SQL GTM materials

Campaigns, sample service offers, and templates

Disaster Recovery for SQL technical documentation

This zipped folder contains technical documentation for disaster recovery for SQL, along with a SQL 2014 hybrid kit.

SQL Backup to Azure GTM materials

This zipped folder contains campaigns, sample service offers, and templates for SQL backup to Azure.

SQL Backup to Azure business documentation

This presentation provides guidance on SQL Backup to Azure – business discussions

SQL Backup to Azure technical documentation

Technical deployment kit with deployment guidance of SQL backup to Azure.