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Microsoft's investment in Azure is tremendous and by today's announcements show no signs of stopping. Announcements made at World Partner Conference also highlighted significant gains in Hyper-V 2012 R2 adoption over previous years. In light of this, last year's post entitled Step-By-Step: Migrating From VMware to Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 now becomes the first step to an even larger endeavour than what it was originally intended for. With the advent of the cloud becoming more and more accepted as best practice for seamless scalability and redundancy, it might be a good time to take the next step and begin pondering moving your organizations to the cloud.
Disclaimer: This post's intention is to not slight any other virtualization offering
Step 1: Complete Step-By-Step: Migrating From VMware to Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012
This previous Step-By-Step is important as it provides guidance as to converting your VMware VM into a Hyper-V VM.
Step 2: Run your newly converted VMs in Hyper-V and update the drivers
Once the VM conversion process has completed, the Hyper-V Integration Services drivers inside the VM should be upgraded. Hyper-V Manager is required to complete this step.
Step 3: Provisioning the VM in Windows Azure
Once the drivers within the VM have been update, the VM needs to be copied to Windows Azure Storage to be provisioned on Windows Azure Infrastructure Services. PowerShell will be utilized to do this utilizing the Windows Azure PowerShell Module.
Ensure that the newly provisioning VM is listed on the Virtual Machines page in the portal with a status of Running.
Be sure to visit Microsoft Virtual Academy to gain further insight as to what Microsoft Azure has to offer. Complete the Azure for IT Pros Jump Start to better enable your understanding as to the power of the cloud.