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Step 2: Install the Azure Site Recovery Provider: On-premises to on-premises

Updated: February 18, 2015

After you’ve configured the Azure Site Recovery vault, you install the Azure Site Recovery Provider on Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) servers, and register the servers in the vault.

  • Ensure you’re running the right VMM version. For an on-premises to on-premises deployment VMM should be running on a server with System Center 2012 with SP1 or 2012 R2. You should install the latest version of the Provider.

  • The latest version of the Provider installation file should be available on the VMM server.

  • The registration key that you generated in Step 1: Create an Azure Site Recovery vault: On-premises to on-premises should be available on the VMM server. Note that the key contains vault specific details that are needed during registration. After you generate it it’s valid for 5 days. You can use the same registration key for all servers you register in a specific vault.

  1. On the Quick Start page, click Download Microsoft Azure Site Recovery Provider for installation on VMM servers to obtain the latest version of the Provider. Provider installation files (.exe) are stored on the Microsoft Azure Download Center. You can also access the latest version of the Provider from the Dashboard.

  2. Place the file on the source VMM server and run it. If VMM is deployed in a cluster do the following:

    • If you’re installing the Provider for the first time, install it on an active node in the cluster and finish the installation to register the VMM server in the Azure Site Recovery vault. Then install the Provider on other nodes in the cluster.

    • If you’re upgrading the Provider version, run the Provider installation on all nodes in the cluster.

  3. In Pre-requirements Check select to stop the VMM service to begin Provider setup. The service stops and will restart automatically when setup finishes.

    If you’re installing on a VMM cluster you’ll be prompted to stop the Cluster role.

    Provider prerequisites
  4. In Microsoft Update you can opt in for updates. With this setting enabled Provider updates will be installed according to your Microsoft Update policy.

    Provider update settings
  5. After the Provider is installed continue setup to register the server in the vault.

  6. In Internet Connection, specify how the Provider running on the VMM server connects to Azure Site Recovery over the Internet. You can select not to use a proxy, to use the default proxy configured on the VMM server if the VMM server shows as connected, or to use a custom proxy server. Note the following:

    • If the default proxy server on the VMM server requires authentication then you should select to use a custom proxy server. Type in the default proxy details and specify credentials.

    • If you want to use a custom proxy server set it up before you install the Provider.

    • Exempt the following addresses from routing through the proxy:

      • The URL for connecting to the Azure Site Recovery: *.hypervrecoverymanager.windowsazure.com

      • *.accesscontrol.windows.net

      • *.backup.windowsazure.com

      • *.blob.core.windows.net

      • *.store.core.windows.net

      Note that if you need to allow outbound connections to an Azure domain controller, allow the IP addresses described in Azure Datacenter IP Ranges, and allow the HTTP (80) and HTTPS (443) protocols.

    • If you choose to use a custom proxy a VMM RunAs account (DRAProxyAccount) will be created automatically using the specified proxy credentials. Configure the proxy server so that this account can authenticate successfully.

      Provider proxy settings
    • The VMM RunAs account settings can be modified in the VMM console. To do this, open the Settings workspace, expand Security, click Run As Accounts, and then modify the password for DRAProxyAccount. You’ll need to restart the VMM service so that this setting takes effect.

    • A test will run to verify the Internet connection.

  7. In Registration Key, select that you downloaded from Azure Site Recovery and copied to the VMM server.

  8. In Vault name, verify the vault in which the server will be registered.

  9. In Server name, specify a friendly name to identify the VMM server in the vault. In a cluster configuration, specify the VMM cluster role name.

    Provider VMM settings
  10. In Initial cloud metadata sync select whether you want to synchronize metadata for all clouds on the VMM server with the vault. This action only needs to happen once on each server. If you don't want to synchronize all clouds, you can leave this setting unchecked and synchronize each cloud individually in the cloud properties in the VMM console.

  11. In Data Encryption specify certificate settings for data encryption for virtual machines that replicate to Azure. This option isn’t relevant if you’re replicating from one on-premises site to another.

    Cloud settings

After registration, metadata from the VMM server is retrieved by Azure Site Recovery. Note that:

  • After registration, you can change the Provider settings in the VMM console, or from the command line. For more information, see Modify Provider settings.

After the VMM servers are configured for Azure Site Recovery proceed to Step 3: Configure protection settings for VMM clouds.

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