Azure Migrate: Common questions

This article answers common questions about Azure Migrate. If you have questions after you read this article, you can post them in the Azure Migrate forum. You also can review these articles:

What is Azure Migrate?

Azure Migrate provides a central hub to track discovery, assessment, and migration of your on-premises apps and workloads and private and public cloud VMs to Azure. The hub provides Azure Migrate tools for assessment and migration and third-party ISV offerings. Learn more.

What can I do with Azure Migrate?

Use Azure Migrate to discover, assess, and migrate on-premises infrastructure, applications, and data to Azure. Azure Migrate supports assessment and migration of on-premises VMware VMs, Hyper-V VMs, physical servers, other virtualized VMs, databases, web apps, and virtual desktops.

What's the difference between Azure Migrate and Azure Site Recovery?

Azure Migrate provides a centralized hub for assessment and migration to Azure.

Azure Site Recovery is a disaster recovery solution.

The Azure Migrate: Server Migration tool uses some back-end Site Recovery functionality for lift-and-shift migration of some on-premises machines.

What's the difference between Azure Migrate: Server Assessment and the MAP Toolkit?

Server Assessment provides assessment to help with migration readiness, and evaluation of workloads for migration to Azure. The Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit helps with other tasks, including migration planning for newer versions of Windows client and server operating systems, and software usage tracking. For these scenarios, continue to use the MAP Toolkit.

What's the difference between Server Assessment and the Site Recovery Deployment Planner?

Server Assessment is a migration planning tool. The Site Recovery Deployment Planner is a disaster recovery planning tool.

Choose your tool based on what you want to do:

  • Plan on-premises migration to Azure: If you plan to migrate your on-premises servers to Azure, use Server Assessment for migration planning. Server Assessment assesses on-premises workloads and provides guidance and tools to help you migrate. After the migration plan is in place, you can use tools like Azure Migrate: Server Migration to migrate the machines to Azure.
  • Plan disaster recovery to Azure: If you plan to set up disaster recovery from on-premises to Azure with Site Recovery, use the Site Recovery Deployment Planner. The Deployment Planner provides a deep, Site Recovery-specific assessment of your on-premises environment for the purpose of disaster recovery. It provides recommendations related to disaster recovery, such as replication and failover.

How does Server Migration work with Site Recovery?

  • If you use Azure Migrate: Server Migration to perform an agentless migration of on-premises VMware VMs, migration is native to Azure Migrate and Site Recovery isn't used.
  • If you use Azure Migrate: Server Migration to perform an agent-based migration of VMware VMs, or if you migrate Hyper-V VMs or physical servers, Azure Migrate: Server Migration uses the Azure Site Recovery replication engine.

Which geographies are supported?

Review the supported geographies for public and government clouds.

How do I get started?

Identify the tool you need, and then add the tool to an Azure Migrate project.

To add an ISV tool or Movere:

  1. Get started by obtaining a license, or sign up for a free trial, in accordance with the tool policy. Licensing for tools is in accordance with the ISV or tool licensing model.
  2. In each tool, there's an option to connect to Azure Migrate. Follow the tool instructions and documentation to connect the tool with Azure Migrate.

You can track your migration journey from within the Azure Migrate project, across Azure, and in other tools.

How do I delete a project?

Learn how to delete a project.

Next steps

Read the Azure Migrate overview.