Move resources across regions in PowerShell

This article explains how to move Azure resources to a different Azure region, using PowerShell in Azure Resource Mover.

In this tutorial, you learn how to:

  • Move Azure resources to a different Azure region


Tutorials show the quickest path for trying out a scenario and use default options.


Verify the following requirements:

Requirement Description
Subscription permissions Check you have Owner access on the subscription containing the resources that you want to move

Why do I need Owner access? The first time you add a resource for a specific source and destination pair in an Azure subscription, Resource Mover creates a system-assigned managed identity (formerly known as Managed Service Identify (MSI)) that's trusted by the subscription. To create the identity, and to assign it the required role (Contributor or User Access administrator in the source subscription), the account you use to add resources needs Owner permissions on the subscription. Learn more about Azure roles.
Resource Mover support Review supported regions and other common questions.
VM support Check that any VMs you want to move are supported.

- Verify supported Windows VMs.

- Verify supported Linux VMs and kernel versions.

- Check supported compute, storage, and networking settings.
SQL support If you want to move SQL resources, review the SQL requirements list.
Destination subscription The subscription in the destination region needs enough quota to create the resources you're moving in the target region. If it doesn't have a quota, request additional limits.
Destination region charges Verify pricing and charges associated with the target region to which you're moving VMs. Use the pricing calculator to help you.

Review PowerShell requirements

Most move resources operations are the same whether using the Azure portal or PowerShell, with a couple of exceptions.

Operation Portal PowerShell
Create a move collection A move collection (a list of all the resources you're moving) is created automatically. Required identity permissions are assigned in the backend by the portal. You use PowerShell cmdlets to:

- Create a resource group for the move collection and specify the location for it.

- Assign a managed identity to the collection.

- Add resources to the collection.
Remove a move collection You can't directly remove a move collection in the portal. You use a PowerShell cmdlet to remove a move collection.
Resource move operations

(Prepare, initiate move, commit, etc.).
Single steps with automatic validation by Resource Mover. PowerShell cmdlets to:

1) Validate dependencies.

2) Perform the move.
Delete source resources Directly in the Resource Mover portal. PowerShell cmdlets at the resource-type level.

Sample values

We're using these values in our script examples:

Setting Value
Subscription ID subscription-id
Source region Central US
Target region West Central US
Resource group (holding metadata for move collection) RG-MoveCollection-demoRMS
Move collection name PS-centralus-westcentralus-demoRMS
Resource group (source region) PSDemoRM
Resource group (target region) PSDemoRM-target
Resource Move service location East US 2
IdentityType SystemAssigned
VM to move PSDemoVM

Sign in to Azure

If you don't have an Azure subscription, create a free account before you begin. Then sign in to the Azure portal.

Sign in to your Azure subscription with the Connect-AzAccount cmdlet:

Connect-AzAccount –Subscription "<subscription-id>"

Set up the move collection

The MoveCollection object stores metadata and configuration information about the resources you want to move. To set up a move collection, you do the following:

  • Create a resource group for the move collection.
  • Register the service provider to the subscription, so that the MoveCollection resource can be created.
  • Create the MoveCollection object with managed identity. For the MoveCollection object to access the subscription in which the Resource Mover service is located, it needs a system-assigned managed identity (formerly known as Managed Service Identity (MSI)) that's trusted by the subscription.
  • Grant access to the Resource Mover subscription for the managed identity.

Create the resource group

Create a resource group for the move collection metadata and configuration information, as follows:

New-AzResourceGroup -Name "RG-MoveCollection-demoRMS" -Location "East US 2"


Output text after creating resource group

Register the resource provider

  1. Register the resource provider Microsoft.Migrate, so that the MoveCollection resource can be created, as follows:

    Register-AzResourceProvider -ProviderNamespace Microsoft.Migrate
  2. Wait for registration:

    While(((Get-AzResourceProvider -ProviderNamespace Microsoft.Migrate)| where {$_.RegistrationState -eq "Registered" -and $_.ResourceTypes.ResourceTypeName -eq "moveCollections"}|measure).Count -eq 0)
        Start-Sleep -Seconds 5
        Write-Output "Waiting for registration to complete."

Create a MoveCollection object

Create a MoveCollection object, and assign a managed identity to it, as follows:

New-AzResourceMoverMoveCollection -Name "PS-centralus-westcentralus-demoRMS"  -ResourceGroupName "RG-MoveCollection-demoRMS" -SourceRegion "centralus" -TargetRegion "westcentralus" -Location "centraluseuap" -IdentityType "SystemAssigned"


Output text after creating move collection

Grant access to the managed identity

Grant the managed identity access to the Resource Mover subscription as follows. You must be the subscription owner.

  1. Retrieve identity details from the MoveCollection object.

    $moveCollection = Get-AzResourceMoverMoveCollection -SubscriptionId $subscriptionId -ResourceGroupName "RG-MoveCollection-demoRMS" -Name "PS-centralus-westcentralus-demoRMS"
    $identityPrincipalId = $moveCollection.IdentityPrincipalId
  2. Assign the required roles to the identity so Azure Resource Mover can access your subscription to help move resources.

    New-AzRoleAssignment -ObjectId $identityPrincipalId -RoleDefinitionName Contributor -Scope "/subscriptions/$subscriptionId"
    New-AzRoleAssignment -ObjectId $identityPrincipalId -RoleDefinitionName "User Access Administrator" -Scope "/subscriptions/$subscriptionId"

Add resources to the move collection

Retrieve the IDs for existing source resources you want to move. Create the destination resource settings object, then add resources to the move collection.


Resources added to a move collection must be in the same subscription, but can be in different resource groups.

Add resources as follows:

  1. Get the source resource ID:

    Get-AzResource -Name PSDemoVM -ResourceGroupName PSDemoRM


    Output text after retrieving the resource ID

  2. Create the target resource settings object per the resource you're moving. In our case, it's a VM.

    $targetResourceSettingsObj = New-Object Microsoft.Azure.PowerShell.Cmdlets.ResourceMover.Models.Api202101.VirtualMachineResourceSettings
  3. Set the resource type and target resource name for the object.

    $targetResourceSettingsObj.ResourceType = "Microsoft.Compute/virtualMachines"
    $targetResourceSettingsObj.TargetResourceName = "PSDemoVM"


    Our target VM has the same name as the VM in the source region. You can choose a different name.

  4. Add the source resources to the move collection, using the resource ID and target settings object you retrieved/created.

    Add-AzResourceMoverMoveResource -ResourceGroupName "RG-MoveCollection-demoRMS" -MoveCollectionName "PS-centralus-westcentralus-demoRMS" -SourceId "/subscriptions/xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx xxxxxxxxxxxx/resourceGroups/
    PSDemoRM/providers/Microsoft.Compute/virtualMachines/PSDemoVM" -Name "PSDemoVM" -ResourceSetting $targetResourceSettingsObj

    Output Output text after adding the resource

Validate and add dependencies

Check whether the resources you added have any dependencies on other resources, and add as needed.

  1. Validate dependencies as follows:

    Resolve-AzResourceMoverMoveCollectionDependency -ResourceGroupName "RG-MoveCollection-demoRMS" -MoveCollectionName "PS-centralus-westcentralus-demoRMS"

    Output (when dependencies exist)

    Output text after validating dependencies

  2. Identity missing dependencies:

    • To retrieve a list of all missing dependencies:

      Get-AzResourceMoverUnresolvedDependency -MoveCollectionName "PS-centralus-westcentralus-demoRMS" -ResourceGroupName "RG-MoveCollection-demoRMS" -DependencyLevel Descendant


      Output text after retrieving a list of all dependencies

    • To retrieve only first-level dependencies (direct dependencies for the resource):

      Get-AzResourceMoverUnresolvedDependency -MoveCollectionName "PS-centralus-westcentralus-demoRMS" -ResourceGroupName "RG-MoveCollection-demoRMS" -DependencyLevel Direct


      Output text after retrieving a list of first-level dependencies

  3. To add any outstanding missing dependencies, repeat the instructions above to add resources to the move collection, and revalidate until there are no outstanding resources.


If for any reason you want to remove resources from the resource collection, follow the instructions in this article.

Add the source resource group

Add the source resource group that contains resources you want to move to the move collection.

  1. Retrieve the ID of the resource group.

    Get-AzResourceMoverUnresolvedDependency -MoveCollectionName "PS-centralus-westcentralus-demoRMS" -ResourceGroupName "RG-MoveCollection-demoRMS" -DependencyLevel Direct


    Output text after retrieving the ID of the source resource group


    We're using a resource group that's already in the target region.

  2. Use the retrieved ID to add the resource group to the collection.

    Add-AzResourceMoverMoveResource -ResourceGroupName "RG-MoveCollection-demoRMS"  -MoveCollectionName "PS-centralus-westcentralus-demoRMS" -SourceId "/subscriptions/xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx/resourcegroups/psdemorm"  -Name "psdemorm"  -ExistingTargetId "/subscriptions/xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx/resourcegroups/PSDemoRM-target"


    Output text after adding the source resource group to the move collection

  3. Verify dependencies to make sure you haven't missed anything after adding the resource group.

    Resolve-AzResourceMoverMoveCollectionDependency -ResourceGroupName "RG-MoveCollection-demoRMS" -MoveCollectionName "PS-centralus-westcentralus-demoRMS"
  4. We see there are no outstanding dependencies.


    Output text after checking dependencies

Prepare resources

You usually need to prepare resources in the source region before the move. For example:

  • To move stateless resources such as Azure virtual networks, network adapters, load balancers, and network security groups, you might need to export an Azure Resource Manager template.
  • To move stateful resources such as Azure VMs and SQL databases, you might need to start replicating resources from the source to the destination region.

In this tutorial, since we're moving VMs, we need to prepare the source resource group, and then initiate and commit its move, before we can start preparing VMs.


If you have an existing target resource group, you can directly commit the move for the source resource group, and skip the prepare and initiate move stages.

Prepare the source resource group

  1. Prepare the resource group:

    Invoke-AzResourceMoverPrepare -ResourceGroupName "RG-MoveCollection-demoRMS" -MoveCollectionName "PS-centralus-westcentralus-demoRMS"  -MoveResource "PSDemoRM"


    Output text after preparing source resource group

  2. Initiate the move of the source resource group.

    Invoke-AzResourceMoverInitiateMove -ResourceGroupName "RG-MoveCollection-demoRMS" -MoveCollectionName "PS-centralus-westcentralus-demoRMS"  -MoveResource "PSDemoRM"


    Output text after initiating move of source resource group

  3. Commit the move for the source resource group.

    Invoke-AzResourceMoverCommit -ResourceGroupName "RG-MoveCollection-demoRMS" -MoveCollectionName "PS-centralus-westcentralus-demoRMS"  -MoveResource "PSDemoRM"


    Output text after committing the source resource group

Prepare VM resources

After preparing and moving the source resource group, we can prepare VM resources for the move.

  1. Validate the dependencies before you prepare VM resources.

    $resp = Invoke-AzResourceMoverPrepare -ResourceGroupName "RG-MoveCollection-demoRMS" -MoveCollectionName "PS-centralus-westcentralus-demoRMS"  -MoveResource $('psdemovm') -ValidateOnly


    Output text after validating the VM before preparing it

  2. Get the dependent resources that need to be prepared along with the VM.



    Output text after retrieving dependent VM resources

  3. Initiate the prepare process for all dependent resources.

    Invoke-AzResourceMoverPrepare -ResourceGroupName "RG-MoveCollection-demoRMS" -MoveCollectionName "PS-centralus-westcentralus-demoRMS"  -MoveResource $('PSDemoVM','psdemovm111', 'PSDemoRM-vnet','PSDemoVM-nsg')


    Output text after initating prepare of all resources


    You can provide the source resource ID instead of the resource name as the input parameters for the Prepare cmdlet, as well as in the Initiate Move and Commit cmdlets. To do this, run:

        Invoke-AzResourceMoverPrepare -ResourceGroupName "RG-MoveCollection-demoRMS" -MoveCollectionName "PS-centralus-westcentralus-demoRMS" -MoveResourceInputType MoveResourceSourceId  -MoveResource $('/subscriptions/xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx/resourceGroups/PSDemoRMS/providers/Microsoft.Network/networkSecurityGroups/PSDemoVM-nsg')

Initiate move of VM resources

  1. Verify that the VM resources are in an Initiate Move Pending state:

    Get-AzResourceMoverMoveResource  -SubscriptionId " xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx " -ResourceGroupName "RG-MoveCollection-demoRMS" -MoveCollectionName "PS-centralus-westcentralus-demoRMS "   | Where-Object {  $_.MoveStatusMoveState -eq “InitiateMovePending" } | Select Name


    Output text after checking initiate state

  2. Initiate the move:

    Invoke-AzResourceMoverInitiateMove -ResourceGroupName "RG-MoveCollection-demoRMS" -MoveCollectionName "PS-centralus-westcentralus-demoRMS"  -MoveResource $('psdemovm111', 'PSDemoRM-vnet','PSDemoVM-nsg', 'PSDemoVM') -MoveResourceInputType "MoveResourceId"


    Output text after initiating the move of resources

Discard or commit?

After the initial move, you can decide whether you want to commit the move or discard it.

  • Discard: You might discard a move if you're testing, and you don't want to actually move the source resource. Discarding the move returns the resource to a state of Initiate move pending. You can then initiate the move again if needed.
  • Commit: Commit completes the move to the target region. After committing, a source resource will be in a state of Delete source pending, and you can decide if you want to delete it.

Discard the move

To discard the move:

Invoke-AzResourceMoverDiscard -ResourceGroupName "RG-MoveCollection-demoRMS" -MoveCollectionName "PS-centralus-westcentralus-demoRMS"  -MoveResource $('psdemovm111', 'PSDemoRM-vnet','PSDemoVM-nsg', 'PSDemoVM') -MoveResourceInputType "MoveResourceId"


Output text after discarding the move

Commit the move

  1. Commit the move as follows:

    Invoke-AzResourceMoverCommit -ResourceGroupName "RG-MoveCollection-demoRMS" -MoveCollectionName "PS-centralus-westcentralus-demoRMS"  -MoveResource $('psdemovm111', 'PSDemoRM-vnet','PSDemoVM-nsg', ‘PSDemoVM’) -MoveResourceInputType "MoveResourceId"


    Output text after committing the move

  2. Verify that all resources have moved to the target region:

    Get-AzResourceMoverMoveResource  -ResourceGroupName "RG-MoveCollection-demoRMS " -MoveCollectionName "PS-centralus-westcentralus-demoRMS"

    All resources are now in a Delete Source Pending state in the target region.

Delete source resources

After committing the move, and verifying that resources work as expected in the target region, you can delete each source resource in the Azure portal, using PowerShell, or using Azure CLI.

Next steps

Learn more about move Azure VMs in the portal.