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Ability to move virtual machines to a different region

Ability to move virtual machines to a different region

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  • Jeremy commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    As most others have commented, this is a very basic operation that Microsoft is choosing to not support. Using SRM is a fairly mundane method since you can't maintain 100% consistency...and has constant problems with the SQL VSS writer. You'd think Microsoft would make sure their own VSS writers work with their own service...

  • Dee commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Please add this ability or create a Microsoft official Azure Powershell template script for the steps required to move the existing VM's vhd to the new region. Like many others have said, this is a must have ability as there are imposed limitations to how many active cores are allowed to exist on one region.

  • Tony commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This is basic functionality which Microsoft are ignoring. I can't see any reason why this wasn't in the release of Azure or not considered as a priority. Only way of doing this right now is to copy the blobcontainer to a new storage account and recreate the whole VM.

    4 years later and nothing..?

  • Ivan Ignatiev commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate


    GDPR is comming, are there any new features coming to make a copy of site on another region or migrate compute and storage resources between regions ?

    Thank you !

  • Olivier commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Hi. I had the same issue but it's not really about changing the region, it's about the availability set.

    When i created my VM, there were some bug on the UI of the portal and I was not able to select the correct availability set.
    What happens ? 2 vm are on different availabiltiy set.
    Now, these vm are heavy used and sometimes it gives error because one vm need the second to have the work done.

    I contacted azure support and they tell me that there is a way to do that : I need to delete the VM (without deleting the disk), then i need to create a new vm and uses the existing disk.

    This is an operation that I want to avoid because even if it seems simple, it's a production vm where i don't want to play with.

    Why not give the possiblity on the portal to "move" the vm to another availabily set ?
    On your side, i don't think there are a lot of step to do, and i'm SURE it will make people more confortable with that.

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