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Moving Azure Virtual Machine to different region using Azure Site Recovery

Azure VMs can be Moved or Managed using Azure Site Recovery Service. This service main purpose is for Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (BCDR).

Moving Azure VMs you can enable and can execute Failover from Primary region to Secondary region.

This article will explain moving Azure VM from one region to another region.


1: Create a Recovery Service Vault

2: Enable Replication for VMs

3: Run Failover to move VM to different region.

Before proceeding the above steps or moving the VMs we will see creating VM in Azure.

Creating Virtual Machine in Microsoft Azure

OK great we have Azure VM residing in Central India as shown below:

Before moving VMs please follow the Supportability Azure geographies & Azure Locations

Azure geographies

Azure regions are organized into geographies. An Azure geography ensures that data residency, sovereignty, compliance, and resiliency requirements are honored within geographical boundaries.

Azure Locations

Azure has more global regions than any other cloud provider—offering the scale needed to bring applications closer to users around the world.

Now moving Virtual Machine (VM) from one region to another region current location of VM is in Central India.

There are two types of Movements

1: Offline Movement

2: Live Movement (Point In Time)

1: Offline Movement

Steps for Offline movement

For the Virtual Machine create custom Image (Capture)

Note : Before creating an image use “sysprep /generalize” to prepare the windows guest OS on the virtual machine. If you create an image from a virtual machine that hasn’t been generalized, any virtual machines created from the image won’t start.

For More Info : Capture Image Resource using SysPrep

Put check mark on “Automatically delete this virtual machine will be deallocated automatically

This will delete the VM after creating the image.

Click Create.

Go the Destination Resource Group “Techrid_KoreaCentral” -> Go to all resources from their you can see the Custom Image use the custom image to VM in that destination Resource Group.

2: Live Movement (Point In Time)

The 2nd method can be called as Live Movement (Point In Time), this is done by using “Recovery Service Vault”

Click Recovery Services Vaults

Click “+ADD

Select the Source Resource Group, in my scenario I have selected “Use existing” and provided “Techrid_Hyd

Location selected the same region as the VM located “Central India

Click Create

Click Refresh

Click on the Vault that you have created that will take you to Backup and Site Recovery Page.

Selected the backup Item that we are trying to backup which Azure virtual Machine

Click +Add

Provide the Backup Goal as shown below:

Note: You can mention the workload running here in my scenario I have selected Azure

After selecting the workload, here we need to define the backup what you are planning with.


1: Virtual Machine

2: Azure File share

3: SQL Server in Azure VM (Preview)

I have selected Virtual Machine as shown below:

Click Backup

Now time to define policy and this can be scheduled as per your requirement :  Backup Policy

Here I am creating New Back not going with Default Policy

Provide the Backup and retention policy as per your requirement

Click OK

And Select the Items to backup

Now you can see the VM proceed with Backup

Click OK

And proceed with Enabling the Backup

Click Enable backup

After Enable completed when you go back to Recovery Service Vault

You can see Backup PRE Check status

If you click Notification you can see the status

Go to Backup Jobs

Enabling Replication for Azure VM

Go to VM and click on Disaster Recovery and provide the Target Region


Click Enable Replication.

When you click Enable Replication we can see the below screen.

After Replication you can see the status in Target Region as shown below:

Target Region : KoreaCentral

Now time to Failover.

Note: Before Failover make sure you execute Test Failover and the proceed with Actual Failover.

Steps for executing Test failover

Click Test Failover

Provide the Source and Target and need to give the Azure Virtual network

Click OK

Below screenshot shows the Replication health, Status and RPO (Recovery Point Objective), also if any issues we can see the events….

Status shows : Initiating test failover

Also if you go Vault properties test failover will be shown in detail as shown below:

Status shows : Cleanup test failover pending

Status shows : Protected

Now as the Test Failover completed with no Issues or events triggered we can proceed with Actual Failover.

Select Source and Target. Also need to provide Recovery point…

Make sure you keep the check box on “Shut down machine before beginning failover”

Click OK

After completion of Failover we can see the status as shown below:

After VM moved you can see the Source VM (Central India) status showing as Stopped

When you go to Resource groups you can see the status of Source and Target Locations

Keep connected for more articles on Azure….


Praveen Kumar

Microsoft Certified Trainer – Cloud Services

MCSE – Cloud Platform and Infrastructure

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