What if all your business data is suddenly corrupted or destroyed? Will your company be able to survive? Today we look at how you can with a short azure site recovery step by step guide. Make sure your business is protected from disasters by leveraging the Azure cloud platform to ensure you can recover.

Modern businesses rely heavily on data and applications being accessible at all times. Transaction data, records-keeping, location data are now essential to some companies operations. In the event of a disaster, it’s possible that a company’s entire existence can be at stake if measures are not put in place to ensure business continuity.

Imagine that you are a manager for a fairly new department in your company. You’ve been pitching your CEO on the necessity of creating a new department to better handle overseas sales and he’s given you 6 months to prove your point. An opportunity to not only make your company more efficient, but also for you to make some real advances in your career. 3 months in, you’re confident, things are going well. You’ve ironed out all the teething pains and you’re confident as you arrive at work on a Monday morning.

But you notice some concerned looks on the faces of your employees as you walk into the office.

“What’s going on?” you ask. Your coworker looks up from his screen. He doesn’t answer immediately and just looks back down at his monitor again.

“It’s all gone.” he says. You walk over to his screen and you realize what’s happened the moment you see it.

“One of our on-prem server is destroyed. All of our department’s data has been lost. This is a disaster.”

This couldn’t have come at a worse time, just as you were making progress. You’ve staked your entire career on opening this new department and now after 3 months all your data is just … gone. You pray that someone had the foresight to out some sort of protection in place in the case of a disaster …

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Company disasters happen more frequently than many people realize and as we’ve seen in our hypothetical scenario, you won’t know when or how they will happen. Disasters can be caused by any number of reasons, from attackers to human error and can also be caused by infrastructure failures, especially for those being managed on-premise.

While the dangers and likelihood of disasters have never been more prevalent, fortunately there have also never been more tools available to mitigate this threat.

For enterprise, there is no substitute for this than Azure Disaster Recovery. Let’s look at one way you can protect against scenarios like this by following azure site recovery step by step:

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Let’s go back to our hypothetical scenario. The company hasn’t yet moved over to Azure Cloud VM’s fully and still runs some of it’s services on-premise. How then can they still use the benefits of cloud to ensure business continuity in the event of a disaster?

Today, we’ll look at how you can ensure that even your on-premise infrastructure is protected with the power of Azure in the event of a disaster.

Let’s look at how you can get your local infrastructure ready to work with Azure Site Recovery (ASR) :

azure site recovery step by step:

First thing you’ll need to do in our azure site recovery step by step scenario, is create a recovery services vault from your Azure portal:

Azure Recovery Services Vault

Click ‘+Add’ to create a new Recovery Services Vault:

Prepare your on-premise infrastructure:

Under Getting Started, select site recovery and then ‘Prepare Infrastructure’:

Next, set your protection goal by selecting the source, location and what type of VM you wish to store your recovery data on. In our new department head scenario, we will want to store On-premises data to Azure on the virtual Machine of your choice:

Next, you will need to connect your local infrastructure to Azure. Under source, select VCenter as the Source and enter the host friendly name and other connectivity credentials and click OK:

Next, we want to replicate our applications. Here we’ll enter the details of our On-premises process server, complete the connectivity credentials and click OK:

Prepare your cloud infrastructure

Now we need to set the configuration target, which is where you want your applications to run in Azure. Here we’ll set our selection of virtual machines, configuration properties and settings:

Establish a recovery plan:

Finally, we need to establish a recovery plan:

Here we will create the sequence of processes that Azure needs to follow in the event of a disaster:

You can also use this to test a failover to ensure your processes meet your business continuity goals:

Before Process Failover:

After Process Failover:

Conclusion

In our hypothetical department scenario, you would have breathed a sigh of relief as your business application would have been recovered and back up and running quickly.

It’s important to remember though, that ASR is only one part of ensuring business continuity. You also need to have a reliable backup strategy in place as well. Fortunately, we’ve also already prepared a post for that as well: Azure Cloud Backups. After you’ve completed the azure site recovery step by step, be sure to put back up processes in place as well.

If you need help in setting up your business continuity with azure disaster recovery or need help with Azure backups, please don’t hesitate to contact us today. Nothing is more crucial in today’s business environment than a companies data, be sure you are prepared in the event of a disaster.

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