Data migration and protection FAQs for Azure NetApp Files

This article answers frequently asked questions (FAQs) about Azure NetApp Files data migration and protection.

How do I migrate data to Azure NetApp Files?

Azure NetApp Files provides NFS and SMB volumes. You can use any file-based copy tool to migrate data to the service.

NetApp offers a SaaS-based solution, NetApp Cloud Sync. The solution enables you to replicate NFS or SMB data to Azure NetApp Files NFS exports or SMB shares.

You can also use a wide array of free tools to copy data. For NFS, you can use workloads tools such as rsync to copy and synchronize source data into an Azure NetApp Files volume. For SMB, you can use workloads robocopy in the same manner. These tools can also replicate file or folder permissions.

The requirements for data migration from on premises to Azure NetApp Files are as follows:

  • Ensure Azure NetApp Files is available in the target Azure region.
  • Validate network connectivity between the source and the Azure NetApp Files target volume IP address. Data transfer between on premises and the Azure NetApp Files service is supported over ExpressRoute.
  • Create the target Azure NetApp Files volume.
  • Transfer the source data to the target volume by using your preferred file copy tool.

Note

AzCopy can only be used in migration scenarios where the source or target is a storage account. Azure NetApp Files is not a storage account.

Where does Azure NetApp Files store customer data?

By default, your data stays within the region where you deploy your Azure NetApp Files volumes. However, you can choose to replicate your data on a volume-by-volume basis to available destination regions using cross-region replication.

How do I create a copy of an Azure NetApp Files volume in another Azure region?

Azure NetApp Files provides NFS and SMB volumes. Any file based-copy tool can be used to replicate data between Azure regions.

The cross-region replication functionality enables you to asynchronously replicate data from an Azure NetApp Files volume (source) in one region to another Azure NetApp Files volume (destination) in another region. Additionally, you can create a new volume by using a snapshot of an existing volume.

NetApp offers a SaaS based solution, NetApp Cloud Sync. The solution enables you to replicate NFS or SMB data to Azure NetApp Files NFS exports or SMB shares.

You can also use a wide array of free tools to copy data. For NFS, you can use workloads tools such as rsync to copy and synchronize source data into an Azure NetApp Files volume. For SMB, you can use workloads robocopy in the same manner. These tools can also replicate file or folder permissions.

The requirements for replicating an Azure NetApp Files volume to another Azure region are as follows:

  • Ensure Azure NetApp Files is available in the target Azure region.
  • Validate network connectivity between VNets in each region. Currently, global peering between VNets is not supported. You can establish connectivity between VNets by linking with an ExpressRoute circuit or using a S2S VPN connection.
  • Create the target Azure NetApp Files volume.
  • Transfer the source data to the target volume by using your preferred file copy tool.

Is migration with Azure Data Box supported?

No. Azure Data Box does not support Azure NetApp Files currently.

Is migration with Azure Import/Export service supported?

No. Azure Import/Export service does not support Azure NetApp Files currently.

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