AZURE NEWS: Enable azure site recovery (ASR) while Azure Virtual Machines are created

In-line enablement of ASR at the time of VM creation, a new feature just released by Microsoft. This capability helps you avoid the hassle of separately configuring DR across regions (or zones) after the creation of VMs. ASR is a key pillar of Microsoft’s resiliency offering, which allows you to protect your Azure VMs against regional outages.

Here are some key takeaways from the announcement:

  • Announcing a new capability in Azure Site Recovery (ASR) to further improve the Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (BCDR) posture of Azure VMs – in-line enablement of ASR at the time of VM creation.
  • You will be able to enable ASR while creating a VM.
  • Microsoft recognizes that as you move more and more business-critical applications to Azure, their resilience is of prime importance.
  • Azure Site Recovery (ASR) is a key pillar of Microsoft’s resiliency offering, which allows you to protect your Azure VMs against regional outages.
  • This capability helps you avoid the hassle of separately configuring DR across regions after the creation of VMs.
  • Previously, you had to follow through and execute a different workflow to protect the VM from regional outages after the VM was up and running.
  • ASR will be one of the VM Management options alongside the ones currently available to you for configuration – Monitoring, Identity, and Backup, among others.

How to enable ASR when creating a VM?:

  • Go to ‘Virtual machines’ in the Azure Portal and click on ‘+ Add.’
  • Go to the Management tab and select ‘Enable Disaster Recovery’ under ‘Site Recovery.’
  • Fill out the relevant selections and proceed to create your VM.
  • Once the VM is created, Azure will automatically enable replication within a few minutes.

Limitations

Please note that this offering is currently limited to Windows VMs and CentOS, Oracle Linux, and Red Hat Linux VMs.

Currently, there is no support for zone-to-zone disaster recovery through the Create VM workflow.

Support for pending Linux distros and zone-to-zone disaster recovery is coming soon.

Availability

This feature is generally available (ready for production use).
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