Enable Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 Core Virtual Machine Protection using existing Azure Site Replication Policy.

In this post, I’ll be writing about my steps for enabling on premise Virtual Machine protection to Azure Site Recovery using an existing Hyper-V Site Replication policy. In this deployment, I’ll be adding and registering a Hyper-V Core Server 2012 R2 to Azure Site Recovery. The process differs from the steps in registering a full Windows Server 2012 R2 host in Azure Site Recovery.

1) Login to Azure Resource Manager portal.

2) Under the default Dashboard, select All Resources and select the already existing Recovery Services Vault. My current vault is the LabVaultASR.

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3) On the current vault page, navigate to Settings, Manage, Site Recovery Infrastructure and select the recovery infrastructure that works best for you. In my scenario for this post, I’m working with non SCVMM Hyper-V hosts. I’ll select Hyper-V Hosts under the Hyper-V sites section.

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4) Use the +Server button to add another Hyper-V host.

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5) On the Add Server page, ensure that Hyper-V is selected. Download and install the installer for Azure Site Recovery Provider. This will install both the Provider and Agent services on the on premise Hyper-V host. I’ll also download the vault registration key to register the host with my Hyper-V site.

I’m running the Hyper-V core 2012 R2 on my on premise Hyper-V host. I login to the server, start a PowerShell console as Administrator and run the Provider file from the PowerShell prompt. This starts the installation GUI. I selected to enable Microsoft Update, click next and finish the installation. Click next to Register the server with Azure.

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I encountered an error trying to register the Hyper-V host with my Azure vault.

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The error occurred because I can’t register the server with the GUI on a Hyper-V core server. I need the command line tool and switches to properly register a Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 core with Azure vault. After downloading the key, I made sure to unblock the vault key file by right clicking on the file, selecting properties and using the “Unblock” button on the General tab to unblock the file. Then I ran the following command to register the server:

C:\Program Files\Microsoft Azure Site Recovery Provider>DRConfigurator.exe /r /friendlyname LAB00.MyAzureLab.net /Credentials "c:\ASR\LabVaultASR_LabHyper-V-Site_Wed Sep 21 2016.VaultCredentials"

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Confirm that the registration was successful in Azure.

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6) To configure and enable protection for Virtual Machines, navigate to the Recovery Services Vault(LabVaultASR in my deployment), Settings, Protected Items and select Replicated Items.

7) On the Replicated Items page, select the +Replicate button to start the VM protection/replication process.

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8) On the Enable Replication page, select the Source Hyper-V site and click Ok. On the Target page, select ensure that Azure is selected as the Target.Select the subscription. Select the Post-failover deployment model, in my deployment, I’ll be using the Azure Classic model. Select the Storage account. I want to Configure now for selected machines. And I also selected my already configure Azure Virtual Network.Click Ok.

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9) Select a VM to enable for protection on the Select VM page. Click Ok.

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10) Select the relevant values on the VM properties page.Click Ok.

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11) On the Replication settings page, select the existing Replication Policy. Click Ok.

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12) Click on the Enable Replication button to enable protection for the configured VM.

13) After successfully enabling protection of the VM, click the refresh button to display the newly protected VM on the Replicated Items page.

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After completing the Replication and Protection steps, I can view and monitor the status and health of my replica virtual machines in Azure Site Recovery by clicking on my Recovery Services Vault name.

I can view and assess the status of the Site Recovery provider on my registered Hyper-V host/servers. I can check out the properties and health of my replicated items, recovery plans and Site Recovery jobs.

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