Migrating to Azure: made easy with 3 handy tools

We’re delighted to introduce you to guest blogger Gabriel Mora, a Microsoft Certified Azure Administrator who has worked on multiple migration projects using Azure Site Recovery and other third-party tools like Zerto and Movere.

Migrating to Azure: Tips, Tricks and Tools

By Gabriel Mora

Hi everyone, my name is Gabriel Mora and today I will be giving you some tips on migrating to Azure using a few helpful tools. Microsoft allows a range of third-party tools to interact with Azure for cloud migrations of a client’s infrastructure (check out the full list here). In this blog, we will be focusing on three migration tools on the list that I know to be very useful:

  1. Azure Site Recovery
  2. Zerto
  3. Movere (Acquired by Microsoft on 2019)

Read on to learn how to make them work best for you when migrating to Azure. Let’s get started!

1. Azure Site Recovery

What is Azure Site Recovery?

Azure Site Recovery offers infrastructure replication, failover, and recovery processes to help keep your applications running during planned and unplanned outages. It provides us with the perfect tools we need to jump from on premise to the cloud.

Tips and tricks:

Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind during the migration process that are always key to achieving a successful replication:

A. Service Account requirements:


B. Server Configurations:


C. Services on the server to be migrated:

2. Zerto

What is Zerto?

Zerto is an all-in-one IT Resilience Platform, converging Disaster Recovery, Backup and Cloud Mobility in one simple, scalable platform. It’s great for moving applications or entire datacenters in a matter of minutes – with minimal downtime.


You may find the full list of the Interoperability Matrix for All Zerto Software Versions here.

Tips and tricks:

Here are some helpful tips and tricks to keep in mind during the migration process that are always key to achieving a successful replication:

A. Site-to-Site VPN configuration:

Is highly recommended to check the routing between on premise to ZCA, when configured to make sure it can successfully communicate between the required subnets.

* Zerto Virtual Replication does not support NAT (Network Address Translation) firewalls.

If you are still having issues pairing a site, I recommend checking the proxy settings.

Zerto Cloud Appliance (ZCA) requires the following ports to be open in the Azure site firewall, set in the Azure network security group:

4005Log collection
4006TCP communication between the ZVM and VRA and the VBA on the same site
4007TCP control communication between protecting and recovering VRAs
4008TCP communication between VRAs to pass data from protected virtual machines to a VRA on a recovery site
4009TCP communication between the ZVM and site VRA to handle checkpoints
9080HTTP communication between the ZVM and Zerto internal APIs and cmdlets, and a VSS Agent
9081TCP communication between paired ZVMs
9180Communication between the VBA and VRA
9669HTTPS communication between the Zerto User Interface and a ZVM, and for invoking Zerto RESTful APIs

B. Best Practices


C. Some limitations when protecting to Azure

3. Movere

What is Movere?

Movere is a SaaS solution residing in Azure, utilizing the latest technology and security standards. It is designed to be a research platform that enables users to find exactly what they are looking for, without having to constantly export, integrate and analyze data outside of the system that gathered it.

Movere provides 4 key features:

  1. Discovery:
    Within hours, understand what infrastructure and applications you have, where you have it, how it’s being used, by whom and when.
  2. Cloud Readiness:
    Plan your migration journey wisely based on actual resource and consumption use, not on your current on-premise footprint.
  3. Optimization and Transformation:
    The ARC (Actual Resource Consumption) tool provides detailed consumption and usage data enabling you to optimize and transform your IT environment.
  4. Cybersecurity:
    Identify security gaps and risks with the insight of how your environment is being used — regardless of platform, application or geography.


Tips and tricks:

Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind while using this migration assessment tool:

A. Log’s used for troubleshooting:

B. Key information to have in mind:

I hope this information will be useful as you begin your journey into the Azure cloud. We always run into new issues when going through the migration process so it’s always handy to have this kind of information available for easy consumption.