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Rapid Recovery 6.2.1 - Azure Setup Guide

Country codes used on the Azure website

The Azure website uses language and country codes for its web addresses, which affect display of the content in the appropriate language. The typical URL construction uses the format: https://[Microsoft or Azure domain]/[country-code]/[destination]/, in which the country code controls the language display and the remainder of the URL specifies the content.

For example, when viewing the documentation center for US English, the URL is https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/. If viewing the same page for Spanish (Spain), the correct URL is https://docs.microsoft.com/es-es/azure/.

The URLs for Azure used throughout this document include the country code for English in the United States. For other languages, URLs may differ based on the settings on your computer, and the languages and country codes Microsoft supports.

If you are browsing in a language other than US English, or if your machine settings are configured for a different language, the language and country code portion of the various URLs cited in this guide may differ accordingly.

Microsoft Azure documentation

Microsoft has substantial documentation on using Azure available in its documentation center.

For information on creating an Azure subscription or user account, selecting Azure resources for VMs you create on Azure, adding a storage account to your VMs, and more, see the Microsoft documentation at https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation.

For example, for information on provisioning or managing Windows VMs, see https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/services/virtual-machines/windows/.

For online videos about using Azure, see http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/get-started/.

Logging into your Azure user account

This procedure assumes that you have a Microsoft Azure subscription associated with a Microsoft user account.

NOTE: Microsoft uses URL redirects. There may be several methods to log into your Azure subscription. Specific steps can change at any time. If you have trouble logging in using this method, contact Microsoft.

Follow this procedure to log into your Azure user account.

  1. From a web browser, access the Azure login URL.
    The format for this web address is https://azure.microsoft.com/[country-code]/account/.
    For example, in the United States, go to https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/account/.
    The Manage your Azure Account page appears.
  2. Click Azure portal.
  3. If you are redirected to a Microsoft Azure login page, proceed to the next step. If you cached your Azure credentials in your browser, the Azure dashboard appears, and this task is complete.
  4. In the Sign in to Microsoft Azure dialog box, in the Email, phone or Skype field, enter the information associated with your Microsoft user account , and then click Next.
  5. In the Password field, enter the password associated with your Microsoft user account. and then click Sign in.
  6. Confirm whether to stay signed in. Optionally, to cache your answer, select the Don't show this again option.
  7. The Azure dashboard appears. If there is no subscription associated with your user account, a toast message will appear briefly in the top right corner of the dashboard.

 

Practical limitations for Rapid Recovery Core in an Azure environment

The full range of capabilities provided by Rapid Recovery Core on premises is available to users in the Azure cloud. From the Rapid Recovery perspective, no features are restricted. However, there are practical limitations, and some restrictions due to the limitations of the Azure platform. Following are a few examples:

  • Rapid Recovery Core provides the ability to perform a bare metal restore (BMR) on physical machines. In this process, you can restore the full software configuration for a specific system—the operating system and related confguration files as well as the data from all protected volumes. This process involves creating a boot ISO image, and restarting a restored system from the boot image using the Rapid Recovery Universal Recovery Console UI. Currently, Azure users are restricted from booting an ISO image. As a result, BMR is not supported in Azure. Practically speaking, this Azure restriction does not limit the effectiveness of Rapid Recovery. To recover an entire system from a recovery point for a VM, it is easier, faster, and more efficient to perform virtual export from a recovery point rather than perform a BMR.
  • Rapid Recovery Core lets you protect machines physical machines and virtual machines by adding them for protection on your Core. It is technically possible to protect on-premises physical machines in Azure. However, since the bandwidth requirements from the physical machine to the Azure data center would be substantial, this use case is not effective or practical, and is therefore not recommended.
  • The Rapid Snap for Virtual (agentless) feature of Rapid Recovery lets you protect virtual machines hosted on ESXi and Hyper-V machines without installing the Rapid Recovery Agent software on each VM guest. Since Azure users have no access to a hypervisor, this feature is not supported. This is an Azure limitation.

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