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Virtual disaster recovery to Azure Cloud

The Recovery Console lets you keep warm standby virtual images up-to-date in the Azure cloud. There is no such recovery target as Azure, but you can accomplish the task by installing the Recovery Console on a virtual machine in the Azure cloud and enabling the disaster recovery of your production systems into Hyper-V.

Step 1: Create VM in Azure

  1. Go to the Azure portal at https://portal.azure.com and sign in with your Microsoft account. You will need to create an account if you don't have one yet.
  2. Create an Azure subscription (if you do not have a suitable subscription yet). A free 30-day trial is available.
  3. From the left menu, select Virtual machines. Then click Add and follow a setup wizard.
Azure portal: Create virtual machine

The following settings are important:

OS type selection for VM in Azure
  • For faster data transfer, select a location that is close to where the backup data is located.

VM Location setting in Azure wizard

  • Choose a VM size that supports nested virtualization: Dv3 or Ev3. For the full list of supported VM sizes, see this Microsoft article: Azure compute unit (ACU).

VM size selection in Azure

For details and screen shots, see the following Microsoft instruction: Create virtual machine.

Step 2: Enable Hyper-V role

  1. From the left menu, select Virtual machines. Start the virtual machine you have created.
  2. Establish a remote connection to the virtual machine (view instructions).
  3. Enable the Hyper-V role on the virtual machine (view instructions).

Step 3: Enable virtual disaster recovery

  1. Visit the Downloads page and download the Recovery Console installer.
  2. Run the installer and complete the installation.
  3. Enable virtual disaster recovery to Hyper-V for as many devices as necessary.

Helpful settings:

  • Keep the LocalSpeedVault disabled in this configuration since the recovery is "Cloud to Cloud".
  • Location - this is where virtual machines will be created. You can use any path here, but typically it is C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Hyper-V\Virtual Machine.

Unless you uncheck the Continuous Restore setting, the restore will begin momentarily and will update the image with the changes every time a backup occurs for this system.