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Azure VM Download

If you require a way to download your Azure Virtual Machine to either your on premise VMware or Hyper-V environment, perhaps because the cost of running that Azure VM is too high, or even for some compliance reason this blog will show you how to quickly download your Azure VM easily with Carbon

No need to download your Azure VM via powershell, or even downloading the VHD from the Azure portal. Carbon will download and convert your Azure VM to your hypervisor of choice with just a few clicks.

In this example below, Ill be running through how to download your Azure VM to VMware.

You can download a FREE TRIAL of Carbon to test it for yourself.

First task is to launch Carbon.

You will now be prompted to login to Azure, so enter your credentials with access to your Azure Portal.

Once you have authenticated against your Azure Tenant, Carbon will now start scanning your Azure environment for all your Azure Virtual Machines. 

This could obviously take some time if you have a large Azure Environment. 

Once the scan of your Azure VMs has completed, you will see the list of all the Azure VMs in your Azure Tenancy. 

Now that your scan of all your Azure VMs is complete, choose Select Virtual Machine/s to list all your Azure VMs in your Tenancy and start the migration process.

Now you should see a list of all the virtual machines you have in your Azure Environment.

Details displayed include:

  • The Azure VM Name
  • The status of the Azure VM
  • The Azure VM size
  • The number of CPUs your Azure VM has
  • The amount of Ram
  • The Azure VM’s IP Address
  • The Azure vNet it resides in
  • The Operating System of your Azure Virtual Machine
  • The Azure Resource Group
  • The Azure Subscription
  • The Azure location
  • and finally, the number of disks attached to your virtual machine
You simply select (by using the checkbox on the very right of the screen) the Azure VMs you want to download to VMware, then click Next.
The VMs you want to migrate will need to be powered off, so make sure you do this prior to attempting the migration.

Now if the Azure VMs I am going to convert to VMware are using Azure Managed Disks, I will get this prompt. 

Click OK to proceed.

What Carbon will do next is copy this Azure VM disks to a storage account that you specify in the next screen. 

Please take note of the location of your Azure VM, as you want to use an Azure Storage Account in the same region.

Next we select the appropriate Azure Storage Account that the Azure VM will be copied and converted to.

Choose the storage account you want and then choose Select.

Carbon will now read your Azure VM disk configuration. This can take a few minutes.

Now we are presented with your virtual environment (in this case our VMware vCentre environment)

Choose from the dropdown lists the VMware Host, the datastore and virtual network you want your Azure VM to download to.

You have the option here to send you an email once the migration has completed. 

Click Start Migration to proceed to the final step

As the conversion uses your local machine, make sure you have enough free space on your computer for the VHD to download and convert to. Once this is done it will then upload the disks to your VMware environment and setup your Virtual machine.

Finally we are ready to start the conversion of your Azure VM to VMware. 

Review the information here, when you are ready, click the circle next to Understood and Accepted, then click Start.

Now the conversion process is underway, with your Azure VM being downloaded then converted to the appropriate format for either VMware or Hyper-V, before finally being deployed to your on-premise virtual infrastructure.

Please Note: This may take sometime dependent on the size of your Azure VM disks, so please be patient. 

If you have email alerting setup and turned on, you will receive an email once the process has completed.

Watching the Progress window you can see the status of your download and conversion of your Azure VM.

In this picture you can see that the disk download has completed as well as the conversion and its currently being uploaded to our VMware environment.

After some time your Azure VM should now have downloaded, converted to VMware and be available within your vCentre server.

If you requested an email alert, you should have received one in your inbox stating that the Azure VM has now deployed to your VMware environment.


If you go to your vCentre now you should be able to find the Azure VM you had migrated to your VMware environment.

All left for you to do now, is power it on then log on to the VM and update the IP address if needed.


And that’s all there is to it. You have downloaded an Azure VM and converted it to VMware. 

You can download a fully functioning trial of Carbon here to test it for yourself.

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