New to Azure - VMWare server backup to Azure Recovery Vault

Category: azure backup


gwmurray on Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:14:11

I'm new to Azure so bare with me.

We have a VMWare server running two virtual machines. We are wanting to backup the VMware system state and the virtual machines to the Azure recovery with geo redundancy.

I have read through all the documents, I have tried to follow the installation and configuration form the Microsoft help files, however, I ran into an issue. Correct me if I am wrong but the only way to do an on premise backup is by using a 2012 server or newer, install the azure backup software... the only machine on our network that is above the 2012 requirement is our virtual server 2016..  I have tried setting this up but the software requires hyper-v host role to be installed, but my virtual 2016 machine doesn't support virtual processing.

What would be my next step? Should I create a virtual machine in azure that will run the recovery software to back up my vmware on premise server and its virtual machines?

Thanks in advance for your assistance.


Godfrey-Glab on Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:58:51

Hi Qwmurray

for step by step guide refer below link

where is the 2016 virtual Server hosted is it on VMware?

you cannot protect you VMware server but you VM on the server can be.

r you getting the Error on the prerequisites Chk? doesn't it provide you a link ?

you can have you Backup server on the azure  cloud but u need to have S2S vpn.  VMware backup happens agentless ABS talk directly to the Vcenter API for protecting VMware VMs.

can you share the Screen Shot of this error. so I can have a look at it .



gwmurray on Tue, 19 Sep 2017 17:10:26

Thanks for the response!

Yes, the 2016 virtual server (I am trying to install azure backup server on) is a virtual server running on my VMWare ESXI server.

When I run the installation wizard I receive a good pre-requisite check as seen below...

Pre-Requisite Check

So the issue comes in when I click next and it asks for an SQL server... I don't have an SQL server, so I select the 'recommended' option which is to install new... When I do I receive these requirements that I need...

When i try to install microsoft hyper-v role I receive an error...

"hyper-v cannot be installed the processor does not have required virtualization" 

which makes sense because we can't install hyper-v on nested VM.

So what should I do from here? Should I create a virtual server on Azure (trying not to spend too much), or can I use a standard workstation to install azure backup so I can get my VMWare server backed up in the cloud.

Godfrey-Glab on Wed, 20 Sep 2017 00:58:41

Hi Gwmurray

Good day  this is because you have tried installing with out the Prepequisites

install the .Net  3.5 and the hyper-v Powershell Module restart the server.

How to install hyper-v Powershell Module