Support for moving Azure VMs between Azure regions
This article summarizes support and prerequisites when you move virtual machines and related network resources across Azure regions using Resource Mover.
Azure Resource Mover is currently in preview.
Windows VM support
Resource Mover supports Azure VMs running these Windows operating systems.
|Windows Server 2019||Supported for Server Core, Server with Desktop Experience.|
|Windows Server 2016||Supported Server Core, Server with Desktop Experience.|
|Windows Server 2012 R2||Supported.|
|Windows Server 2012||Supported.|
|Windows Server 2008 R2 with SP1/SP2||Supported.
For machines running Windows Server 2008 R2 with SP1/SP2, you need to install a Windows servicing stack update (SSU) and SHA-2 update. SHA-1 isn't supported from September 2019, and if SHA-2 code signing isn't enabled the agent extension won't install/upgrade as expected. Learn more about SHA-2 upgrade and requirements.
|Windows 10 (x64)||Supported.|
|Windows 8.1 (x64)||Supported.|
|Windows 8 (x64)||Supported.|
|Windows 7 (x64) with SP1 onwards||Install a Windows servicing stack update (SSU) and SHA-2 update on machines running Windows 7 with SP1. SHA-1 isn't supported from September 2019, and if SHA-2 code signing isn't enabled the 'prepare' step will not succeed. Learn more about SHA-2 upgrade and requirements.|
Linux VM support
Resource Move supports Azure VMs running these Linux operating systems.
|Red Hat Enterprise Linux||6.7, 6.8, 6.9, 6.10, 7.0, 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 7.4, 7.5, 7.6,7.7, 8.0, 8.1|
|CentOS||6.5, 6.6, 6.7, 6.8, 6.9, 6.10, 7.0, 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 7.4, 7.5, 7.6, 7.7, 8.0, 8.1|
|Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Server||Supported kernel versions|
|Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Server||Supported kernel version
Ubuntu servers using password-based authentication and sign-in, and the cloud-init package to configure cloud VMs, might have password-based sign-in disabled on failover (depending on the cloud-init configuration). Password-based sign-in can be reenabled on the virtual machine by resetting the password from the Support > Troubleshooting > Settings menu (of the failed over VM in the Azure portal.
|Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Server||Supported kernel version.|
|Debian 7||Supported kernel versions.|
|Debian 8||Supported kernel versions.|
|SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12||SP1, SP2, SP3, SP4. Supported kernel versions|
|SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15||15 and 15 SP1. (Supported kernel versions)|
|SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11||SP3|
|SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11||SP4|
|Oracle Linux||6.4, 6.5, 6.6, 6.7, 6.8, 6.9, 6.10, 7.0, 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 7.4, 7.5, 7.6, 7.7
Running the Red Hat compatible kernel or Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3, 4 & 5 (UEK3, UEK4, UEK5)
Supported Ubuntu kernel versions
|14.04 LTS||3.13.0-24-generic to 3.13.0-170-generic,
3.16.0-25-generic to 3.16.0-77-generic,
3.19.0-18-generic to 3.19.0-80-generic,
4.2.0-18-generic to 4.2.0-42-generic,
4.4.0-21-generic to 4.4.0-148-generic,
4.15.0-1023-azure to 4.15.0-1045-azure
|16.04 LTS||4.4.0-21-generic to 4.4.0-171-generic,
4.8.0-34-generic to 4.8.0-58-generic,
4.10.0-14-generic to 4.10.0-42-generic,
4.11.0-13-generic to 4.11.0-14-generic,
4.13.0-16-generic to 4.13.0-45-generic,
4.15.0-13-generic to 4.15.0-74-generic
4.11.0-1009-azure to 4.11.0-1016-azure,
4.13.0-1005-azure to 4.13.0-1018-azure
4.15.0-1012-azure to 4.15.0-1066-azure
|18.04 LTS||4.15.0-20-generic to 4.15.0-74-generic 4.18.0-13-generic to 4.18.0-25-generic 5.0.0-15-generic to 5.0.0-37-generic 5.3.0-19-generic to 5.3.0-24-generic 4.15.0-1009-azure to 4.15.0-1037-azure 4.18.0-1006-azure to 4.18.0-1025-azure 5.0.0-1012-azure to 5.0.0-1028-azure 5.3.0-1007-azure to 5.3.0-1009-azure|
Supported Debian kernel versions
|Debian 7||3.2.0-4-amd64 to 3.2.0-6-amd64, 3.16.0-0.bpo.4-amd64|
|Debian 8||3.16.0-4-amd64 to 3.16.0-10-amd64, 4.9.0-0.bpo.4-amd64 to 4.9.0-0.bpo.11-amd64|
|Debian 8||3.16.0-4-amd64 to 3.16.0-10-amd64, 4.9.0-0.bpo.4-amd64 to 4.9.0-0.bpo.9-amd64|
Supported SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 kernel versions
|SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 (SP1, SP2, SP3, SP4)||All stock SUSE 12 SP1,SP2,SP3,SP4 kernels are supported. 4.4.138-4.7-azure to 4.4.180-4.31-azure,4.12.14-6.3-azure to 4.12.14-6.34-azure|
Supported SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 kernel versions
|SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 and 15 SP1||All stock SUSE 15 and 15 kernels are supported. 4.12.14-5.5-azure to 4.12.14-8.22-azure|
Supported Linux file system/guest storage
- File systems: ext3, ext4, XFS, BTRFS
- Volume manager: LVM2
- Multipath software: Device Mapper
Supported VM compute settings
|Size||Any Azure VM size with at least two CPU cores and 1-GB RAM||Verify Azure virtual machine sizes.|
|Availability sets||Not currently supported||If you add an Azure VM with an availability set to the move collection with the default options, the Prepare process fails. You can either choose to move the VM to an availability zone to or to move it as a single instance VM. You can modify these settings in the edit target properties page.|
|Availability zones||Supported||Supported, depending on target region support.|
|Azure gallery images (published by Microsoft)||Supported||Supported if the VM runs on a supported operating system.|
|Azure Gallery images (published by third party)||Supported||Supported if the VM runs on a supported operating system.|
|Custom images (published by third party)||Supported||Supported if the VM runs on a supported operating system.|
|VMs using Site Recovery||Not supported||Move resources across regions for VMs, using Site Recovery on the backend. If you're already using Site Recovery, disable replication, and then start the Prepare process.|
|Azure RBAC policies||Not supported||Azure role-based access control (Azure RBAC) policies on VMs aren't copied over to the VM in target region.|
|Extensions||Not supported||Extensions aren't copied over to the VM in target region. Install them manually after the move is complete.|
Supported VM storage settings
This table summarized support for the Azure VM OS disk, data disk, and temporary disk. It's important to observe the VM disk limits and targets for Linux and Windows VMs to avoid any performance issues.
The target VM size should be equal to or larger than the source VM. The parameters used for validation are: Data Disks Count, NICs count, Available CPUs, Memory in GB. If it isn't a error is issued.
|OS disk maximum size||2048 GB||Learn more about VM disks.|
|Temporary disk||Not supported||The temporary disk is always excluded from the prepare process.
Don't store any persistent data on the temporary disk. Learn more.
|Data disk maximum size||8192 GB for managed disks|
|Data disk minimum size||2 GB for managed disks|
|Data disk maximum number||Up to 64, in accordance with support for a specific Azure VM size||Learn more about VM sizes.|
|Data disk change rate||Maximum of 10 MBps per disk for premium storage. Maximum of 2 MBps per disk for Standard storage.||If the average data change rate on the disk is continuously higher than the maximum, the preparation won't catch up.
However, if the maximum is exceeded sporadically, preparation can catch up, but you might see slightly delayed recovery points.
|Data disk (Standard storage account)||Not supported.||Change the storage type to managed disk, and then try moving the VM.|
|Data disk (Premium storage account)||Not supported||Change the storage type to managed disk, and then try moving the VM.|
|Managed disk (Standard)||Supported|
|Managed disk (Premium)||Supported|
|Generation 2 (UEFI boot)||Supported|
|Boot diagnostics storage account||Not supported||Reenable it after moving the VM to the target region.|
Limits and data change rates
The following table summarizes limits that based on our tests. These don't cover all possible application I/O combinations. Actual results vary based on your application I/O mix. There are two limits to consider, per disk data churn, and per VM data churn.
|Storage target||Average source disk I/O||Average source disk data churn||Total source disk data churn per day|
|Standard storage||8 KB||2 MB/s||168 GB per disk|
|Premium P10 or P15 disk||8 KB||2 MB/s||168 GB per disk|
|Premium P10 or P15 disk||16 KB||4 MB/s||336 GB per disk|
|Premium P10 or P15 disk||32 KB or greater||8 MB/s||672 GB per disk|
|Premium P20 or P30 or P40 or P50 disk||8 KB||5 MB/s||421 GB per disk|
|Premium P20 or P30 or P40 or P50 disk||16 KB or greater||20 MB/s||1684 GB per disk|
Supported VM networking settings
|NIC||Supported||Specify an existing resource in the target region, or create a new resource during the Prepare process.|
|Internal load balancer||Supported||Specify an existing resource in the target region, or create a new resource during the Prepare process.|
|Public load balancer||Not currently supported||Specify an existing resource in the target region, or create a new resource during the Prepare process.|
|Public IP address||Supported||Specify an existing resource in the target region, or create a new resource during the Prepare process.
The public IP address is region-specific, and won't be retained in the target region after the move. Keep this in mind when you modify networking settings (including load balancing rules) in the target location.
|Network security group||Supported|
|Reserved (static) IP address||Supported||You can't currently configure this. The value defaults to the source value.
If the NIC on the source VM has a static IP address, and the target subnet has the same IP address available, it's assigned to the target VM.
If the target subnet doesn't have the same IP address available, the initiate move for the VM will fail.
|Dynamic IP address||Supported||You can't currently configure this. The value defaults to the source value.
If the NIC on the source has dynamic IP addressing, the NIC on the target VM is also dynamic by default.
|IP configurations||Supported||You can't currently configure this. The value defaults to the source value.|
Outbound access requirements
Azure VMs that you want to move need outbound access.
If you're using a URL-based firewall proxy to control outbound connectivity, allow access to these URLs:
|Name||Azure public cloud||Details|
||Allows data to be written from the VM to the cache storage account in the source region.|
|Azure Active Directory||
||Provides authorization and authentication to Site Recovery service URLs.|
||Allows the VM to communicate with the Site Recovery service.|
||Allows the VM to write Site Recovery monitoring and diagnostics data.|
If you're using a network security group (NSG) rules to control outbound connectivity, create these service tag rules. Each rule should allow outbound access on HTTPS (443).
- Create a Storage tag rule for the source region.
- Create an AzureSiteRecovery tag rule, to allow access to the Site Recovery service in any region. This tag has dependencies on these other tags, so you need to create rules for them to:
- We recommend you test rules in a non-production environment. Review some examples.
Try moving an Azure VM to another region with Resource Mover.