Migrate an Azure VM to VMware or Hyper-V
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.
The Easiest way to convert your Azure VM to VMWare or Hyper-V
Sign in to the Azure Portal
Scan your Azure Portal for all your Azure Virtual Machines
Scan for all your Azure VMs
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.
Select your Azure VM for Migration
Select the Azure VMs to migrate
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
Managed or Unmanaged Disks
Azure VM Disk Configuration
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.
Azure Storage Account for Conversion
Choose your VMWare or Hyper-V Environment for Azure VM Migration
Connect to you Hypervisor
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.
Ready to start the Migration of your Azure VM
Azure VM Migration Process
Converting your Azure VM
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.
Azure VM Converted
Azure VM Conversion Completed
Your Azure VM has been converted and then migrated to your Hyper-v or VMware environment.
And that’s all there is to it. You have downloaded an Azure VM and converted it to VMware or Hyper-V. (Obviously in this example we converted the Azure VM to VMWare. For HyperV the last few steps are replacing VCentre with SCVMM)
You can download a fully functioning trial of Carbon here to test it for yourself.