Migrate ASR to new vcenter

Handian Sudianto 4,286 Reputation points
2023-05-12T02:43:28.5133333+00:00

Hello @SadiqhAhmed-MSFT ,

if we move ASR VM from old vcenter to new vcenter, will the replication start from beginning or the replication is continue?

I have read QnA on this https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/answers/questions/558997/vm-replicated-to-azure-needs-moved-to-new-vcenter and @SadiqhAhmed-MSFT say 'No matter which method you pick, if you use ASR to move between vCenters, you’ll have to failover to Azure, re-protect to the new vCenter, and then failover back to on-premises.'

What is re-protect mean, are this is mean the replication will be start from beginning?

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  1. SadiqhAhmed-MSFT 39,806 Reputation points Microsoft Employee
    2023-06-01T13:02:17.43+00:00

    @Handian Sudianto Sorry for the delayed response. Much appreciate your patience in this matter!

    Please find answer to your specific questions:

    If you are looking for a complete migration then just updating the Ip would work 

    https://download.microsoft.com/download/9/3/d/93d32de6-f268-45ed-ba25-2f9a6756b6af/SQL_Server_2022_Licensing_guide.pdf

    If the number of VMs that you want to migrate to a new vCenter Server is higher than the number of VMs that will remain on the original vCenter Server, do the following:

    1. Update the IP address assigned to the vCenter Server in the configuration server settings, to the address of the new vCenter Server.
    2. Disable replication for the few VMs that remain on the old server.
    3. Add the old vCenter Server and its IP address to the configuration server.
    4. Re-enable replication for the VMs that remain on the old server. 

    Hope this clarifies. Tag me in your reply if you have any questions!


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  1. VasimTamboli 4,765 Reputation points
    2023-05-12T03:20:18.4233333+00:00

    When you migrate an ASR (Azure Site Recovery) replicated VM from an old vCenter to a new vCenter, the replication will not start from the beginning. Instead, the replication continues from the point where it left off.

    The process of "re-protect" refers to the steps you need to follow to ensure that the replicated VM is protected and synchronized with the new vCenter after the migration. This involves reconfiguring the replication settings and establishing a new replication relationship between the VM and the new vCenter.

    The steps involved in re-protecting a VM after migrating it to a new vCenter are as follows:

    Failover to Azure: Initiate a failover of the VM from the old vCenter to Azure. This ensures that the VM is protected and available in Azure during the migration process.

    Migrate the VM to the new vCenter: Perform the migration of the VM from the old vCenter to the new vCenter using your preferred method (e.g., vMotion, cold migration, etc.).

    Re-protect to the new vCenter: Configure the replication settings in ASR to establish a new replication relationship between the VM and the new vCenter. This includes specifying the new vCenter details and ensuring that the replication policies are correctly set up.

    Failover back to on-premises: Once the replication is re-established with the new vCenter, you can initiate a failover from Azure back to on-premises if desired. This allows the VM to run on the new vCenter while maintaining the replication and protection provided by ASR.

    It's important to note that during the migration and re-protection process, there might be a brief period where the VM is not actively replicating. However, once the re-protection is complete, the replication will continue from the point where it left off, ensuring data consistency between the VM and Azure.

    Make sure to follow the recommended procedures and consult the Azure Site Recovery documentation for detailed instructions on migrating and re-protecting VMs in your specific environment.