Azure – Run a Disaster Recovery Failover for Azure VM

Hello Friends,

In my last article, I have discussed, about the procedure of doing a Test Failover or we can also say it as the drill of a azure failover before actual Failover. So In this article, without starting from scratch , we will continue, from where we left it in our last article.

In our last article, we have successfully done with test failover. Today we will discuss, how to do a final Failover.  As we can see in the following figure, there are two different link available for Test Failover and Failover.


Figure 1 : Azure ASR- Failover and Test Failover buttons on portal

To start with a test Failover, we have click on Test Failover button but here, we need to click on Failover button to start with a Failover. Before start with Failover , make sure you have verified and make sure that all configurations are in place, as per the requirement.

After start Failover, the Failover window need few information to continue as it did for Test Failover. As shown in the following figure, we can check the checkbox to shutdown the source VMs before stat the failover.


Figure 2: Azure ASR- Start with Failover.

As we have selected to shutdown the source Virtual Machine before failover, we can see in the following figure the status of source VM before and after the failover activity. The failover activity shutdown the source VM.

Figure 3 : Azure ASR – Start failover activity shut downing source VM

We can see the progress of failover activity as we did for test failover, shown in my last article. The time it will take to finish failover activity, is depend on the architecture of source infrastructure, size and number of resources it creates in this failover activity. We will get notification once it finished, as shown in the following figure.

Figure 4 : Azure ASR – Completed with the Failover

Figure 5 : Azure ASR – Replicated item completed failover successfully.

We have done with failover, now it is time to verify whether, all resources have created as per the requirement or not. As we can see in the following figure, the failover has crated a new VM. In the following figure we can also see the region of source and target VM are different.

Figure 6 : Azure ASR – Both source and target VM has different regions

I hope this Azure Site Recovery series give you some basic idea about the Failover activity.

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