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How to configure ASR in Windows Server Essentials 2016

Hello Windows Server Essentials friends,

Windows Server Essentials (or the Essentials Experience role found in Windows Server Standard or Datacenter) can be leveraged to quickly provision and enable a full Disaster Recovery site in the cloud using built-in Microsoft Azure integration features. The solution is composed of two Azure products:

  1. Azure Virtual Network:
  2. Azure Site Recovery:

Using Windows Server Essentials wizards and setting up the hardware in a working configuration can be challenging and there are a few steps and prerequisites to consider before deploying the server.

Two of our bright stars in the Windows Server Essentials community are Daniel Santos and Alex Fields. Alex is from Minneapolis and he wrote a new series of blogs (leveraging Daniels's great analysis work) to help folks navigate through the configuration of the hardware and the Windows Server Essentials operating system to enable this disaster recovery solution.

Check out Alex's blog series on for a detailed rundown of the configuration steps:

Part 1: Pre-requisites Part 2: Configuring Part 3: Failover and failback


Here is what the topology looks like:


Cheers and good luck!

Scott M. Johnson
Senior Program Manager
Windows Server Essentials