Pre-backup requirements for the source system

Before starting to backup a system intended for recovery to Azure, please ensure it is supported and properly configured.

Supported Operating Systems

Azure officially supports the following server versions:

Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2

Microsoft Windows Server 2012

Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 (service pack 1)

Preliminary in-house tests have revealed that it may be possible to recover Windows Server 2008 and client versions to the Azure Cloud as well (Windows 7 and 8/8.1). As these are classed by Microsoft as unsupported Operating Systems we cannot fully guarantee that all features will work correctly. As such this information is provided without warranty or support and any attempt to recover these systems to Azure would be at your own responsibility.

System configuration requirements

Microsoft Azure distinguishes between operating system disks (boot disks) and data disks (additional disks). The source system should have one Operating System disk that is used for booting and that has all of the operating system files. The size of this disk should not exceed 1023 GB. An option to resize the boot disk is available if the used capacity does not exceed 1023 GB.

In addition to the boot disk, it is possible restore up to 64 data disks. The actual number depends on the tier and the size of your virtual machine in Azure (see the Machine size setting below). The size of each disk cannot exceed 1 TB.

Remote access requirements

Select the Enable Remote Desktop checkbox when you get down to data recovery later on. Note that the new feature works only for backups and recoveries done with the Backup Manager vs. 15.7 or later.

Backup selection requirements

Just like with all other recovery targets (Hyper-V, VMware, and the Amazon Cloud), it is necessary to include these 2 data sources to the backup selection:

  System State (all data).

  Files and Folders (the C:\ disk or another disk that has the operating system and that the operating system boots from).

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