Authored by Vikram Bansal, PM, Azure Migrate
Migrating a large & complex IT environment from on-premises to the cloud can be quite daunting. Customers are often challenged with the problem of unknown where they may not have complete visibility of applications running on their servers or the dependencies between them, as they start planning their migration to cloud. This results not only in leaving behind dependent servers causing the application to break, but also adds up to the migration cost that the customers want to reduce. Azure Migrate aims at helping customers build a high-confidence migration plan with features like software inventory and agentless dependency analysis.
Software inventory provides the list of applications, roles and features running on Windows and Linux servers, discovered using Azure Migrate. Software inventory can also help discover specific workloads such as SQL Server instances and databases and IIS web applications (preview) running on the servers. Agentless dependency analysis helps you analyze the dependencies between the discovered servers which can be easily visualized with a map view in Azure Migrate project and can be used to group related servers for migration to Azure.
Today, we are announcing the General Availability of at-scale, software inventory and agentless dependency analysis for VMware virtual machines.
How to get started?
The credentials provided on the appliance are encrypted and stored on the appliance server locally and are never sent to Microsoft.
Agentless dependency analysis
Workflow and architecture
The architecture diagram below shows how software inventory and agentless dependency analysis works. The appliance:
Resources to get started
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