Together with Tiberiu Radu from the Azure Stack Product Group, I worked on a series of videos to show how you can migrate workloads to Microsoft Azure Stack. This includes basic workloads like Active Directory Domain Controllers, File Servers, and SQL Servers. We are not only adding videos about Azure Stack Migration, but we also added a couple of tips on how you can take advantage of some of the infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) features on Azure Stack, like Azure Resource Manager templates and extensions.
The journey to the cloud provides many options, features, functionalities, as well as opportunities to improve existing governance, operations, implement new ones, and even redesign the applications to take advantage of the cloud architectures.
This video series was created in the context of the End of Support (EOS) motion for Windows Server 2008/2008R2 and SQL Server 2008/2008R2, with the target to highlight some of the migration options. The EOS program could be a good opportunity to start this process and it’s not only about the lift-and-shift or move your servers and forget about them, instead it could be the start of a modernization journey. As part of the EOS motion, Azure VMs running Windows 2008/R2 and SQL 2008/R2 on Azure and Azure Stack, offer 3 years of free Extended Support Updates. That means you can enable the same operational processes, use ARM templates, and use the infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) platform on both Azure and Azure Stack, to start this journey.
– Tiberiu Radu
Azure Stack Migration Introduction
Check out my Azure Stack Migration introduction video, which will give you a quick overview of migrating workloads to Azure Stack.
You can find the full playlist with the complete Azure Stack Migration video series on YouTube.
- How to migrate File Servers to Microsoft Azure Stack using Windows Admin Center
Microsoft Docs: Storage Migration Service
ITOpsTalk blog: Introduction and File Server Migration
- How to migrate SQL Server to Microsoft Azure Stack
Microsoft Docs: Migrate a SQL Server database to SQL Server in an Azure VM
Azure: Azure Blob Storage
- How to migrate Active Directory Domain Controllers to Microsoft Azure Stack
GitHub: Azure Stack Quick Start ARM Templates
- How to assess virtual machines for your Azure Stack migration using Azure Migrate
Azure: Azure Migrate
Blog: Assess and migrate virtual machines using Azure Migrate
- How to use Azure to manage virtual machines on Microsoft Azure Stack
Microsoft Docs: Azure Update Management
Blog: Azure Update Management with Azure Stack
If you want to read more, check out my blog post on ITOpsTalk.com. There we have some detailed blogs on these videos. I also recommend that you check out the IaaS blog series from the Azure Stack team, which includes different features around running virtual machines on Azure Stack.
If you have any questions, please let me know in the comments.