Converting to Azure Resource Manager


When restoring a virtual machine from backup, you can choose to restore the VM as an Azure Resource Manager VM.

Source Hypervisors

You can convert VMs to Azure Resource Manager from the following hypervisors:

  • Amazon

  • Hyper-V streaming backups

  • VMware streaming backups

Before You Begin

  • Review Azure Considerations.

  • Azure Standard or Azure Premium general-purpose storage accounts are required for VM conversion to Azure.

  • To enable deployment in Azure Resource Manager, from the Metallic Hub, configure Azure VM backup using the New Configuration wizard under VMs & Kubernetes.

  • Before performing backups of source VMs, consider the following:

    • Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) must be enabled on the source VM.

    • To perform the conversion, you must be able to log on to the source VM.

    • For Linux VMs, if you want to automatically power on the source VMs after the conversion, you must enable integration services on the source VMs.

    • For Windows VMs, to enable disks to be brought online as part of the conversion, enable SAN policy for the source VM. For more information, see Enabling the SAN Policy for Source VM.

  • The operating system for the destination VM must be an operating system that is supported for Azure.

  • Before you replicate or convert Red Hat Linux VMs to Azure, add required Hyper-V drivers to the VMs and perform a new backup of the VMs. For more information, see Troubleshooting.


  1. From the navigation pane, go to Protect > Virtualization.

    The Virtual machines page appears.

  2. Click the VM groups tab.

    The VM group page appears.

  3. Under VM groups area, in the row for the VM group that contains the VM, click the action button and then click Restore.

    The Select restore type page appears.

  4. Select Full instance to restore one or more full virtual machines.

    The Restore page appears.

  5. Select the content to restore, and then click Restore.

    The Restore options dialog box appears.

  6. Enter the restore options for the Azure VM.

  7. If the Auto option is selected and the disk operating system type cannot be determined from the configuration file, the job fails. Resubmit the job and select the required operating system during the restore.

  8. The Power on VMs after restore option is selected by default. If this option is not selected when the VM is restored, only the operating system disk is registered, and any remaining disks are uploaded to the Azure storage account. In this case, VHDs must be created manually through the Azure management portal, using the Create VHD option on the Disk tab:

    For each disk, browse to the storage location and open the disk from which the VHD is to be created. Opening the disk registers it as a VHD, so that it can be attached to a new or existing VM.

    Select the VM to which the VHD is to be attached, and attach one or more registered VHDs from the storage location.

  9. Click Submit to run the restore job.


If the source VM had dynamic disks that use simple disk spanning, RAID, striped, or mirrored layouts, after VM conversion, the disks in the converted VM might be marked as Failed in Disk Management. You must bring these disks online manually using Disk Management. To bring the disks back online, perform an Import Foreign Disks operation on the guest VM for the disk group that contains failed disks. Import the entire disk group in one operation rather than performing a partial import.