Assess workloads and refine plans

The resources in this guide help you assess each workload, challenge assumptions about each workload's suitability for migration, and finalize architectural decisions about migration options.

If you didn't follow the guidance in the links above, you will likely need data and an assessment tool to make informed migration decisions. Azure Migrate is the native tool for assessing and migrating to Azure. If you haven't already, use these steps to create a new server migration project and collect the necessary data.

Azure Migrate

Azure Migrate assesses on-premises infrastructure, applications, and data for migration to Azure. This service:

  • Assesses the migration suitability of on-premises assets.
  • Performs performance-based sizing.
  • Provides cost estimates for running on-premises assets in Azure.

If you're considering a lift and shift approach, or are in the early assessment stages of migration, this service is for you. After completing the assessment, use Azure Migrate to execute the migration.

Azure Migrate overview

Create a new server migration project

Begin a server migration assessment using Azure Migrate via these steps:

  1. Select Azure Migrate.
  2. In Overview, select Assess and migrate servers.
  3. Select Add tools.
  4. In Discover, assess and migrate servers, select Add tools.
  5. In Migrate project, select your Azure subscription, then create a resource group if you don't have one.
  6. In Project Details, specify the project name and geography where you want to create the project, then select Next.
  7. In Select assessment tool, select Skip adding an assessment tool for now > Next.
  8. In Select migration tool, select Azure Migrate: Server Migration > Next.
  9. In Review + add tools, review the settings, then select Add tools.
  10. After adding the tool, it appears in Azure Migrate project > Servers > Migration tools.

Service Map

Service Map automatically discovers application components on Windows and Linux systems and maps the communication between services. With Service Map, you can view your servers in the way that you think of them: as interconnected systems that deliver critical services. Service Map shows connections between servers, processes, inbound and outbound connection latency, and ports across any TCP-connected architecture, with no configuration required other than the installation of an agent.

Azure Migrate uses Service Map to enhance the reporting capabilities and dependencies across the environment. For full details of this integration, see Dependency visualization. If you use the Azure Migrate service, then no additional steps are required to configure and obtain the benefits of Service Map. The following instructions are provided for your reference if you'd like to use Service Map for other purposes or projects.

Enable dependency visualization using Service Map

To use dependency visualization, download and install agents on each on-premises machine that you want to analyze.

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