Copy VM Image Across Regions through Azure Portal
I have a new Microsoft customer that recently migrated from AWS. After their migration the customer noticed one major difference in functionality that negatively affects their post migration business plans. AWS has the ability to move images across regions through the AWS portal. The customer expressed that they would benefit greatly if the Azure portal had this same functionality. I understand that this is possible using AzureCLI (image copy estension), however, this option is not viable for the customer's environment.
Hemanth Reddy commented
I have an azure VM image with a managed disk in West US and I want to copy it to West Europe.
I saw that there's an azure cli extension called az-image-copy but it doesn't work for me because it outputs an error which says that it can't find the OS disk (even though the resource ID is correct and I can see it in the azure portal)
ERROR: Resource testrg_OsDisk_1_2b4ffaa7e0bf4c36b68bc861fad2ad78 is not found.
Appreciate if anyone helpson this
+1 on gacurtin's comment below.
Another feature I would request is to treat the image as a stand alone object and not require keeping the VM that was used to create it around. Our team has hundreds and hundreds of images and we can't keep that many (non functional) VMs around eating up cores and costing us $$. I would think the image could be created as a standalone object in Azure that could easily be moved around.
@gacurtin have you looked at the new shared image gallery preview feature in Azure. That seems to be a great alternative to get around the data disk limitation. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/shared-image-gallery-now-in-limited-public-preview/
Also, I would like to add: the data disks should be moved with the image as well.