Azure Site Recovery begin to support Windows Server 2016, letting customers to use Site Recovery to replicate, protect or migrate their Hyper-V virtual machines hosted on a Windows Server 2016 to Azure or to a secondary datacenter site.
Here are some significant features of Site Recovery (verbatim):
- A guided Getting Started experience which removes the complexity of setting up DR and makes it easier to protect and replicate your workloads.
- Recovery Plans and Azure Automation to enable a one-click orchestration of your DR plans.
- Ability to perform DR drills (test failovers) to confirm readiness, which guarantees zero data loss.
- Replicate your data once, and use it to perform disaster recovery, migrate workloads, or create DevTest environments in Azure.
- Coexistence of classic & ARM deployment models: Azure originally provided only the classic deployment model. With the ARM based deployment model, you can deploy, manage, and monitor all the services for your solution as a group, rather than handling these services individually. You can choose either of these deployment models for your fail-over VMs in Azure Site recovery.
- RPO & RTO objective - All DR actions are assured to be accurate, and consistent and are designed to help you meet your Recovery Time Objective (RTO) & Recovery Point Objective goals
The following configuration are supporte for protection & replication of VMs deployed on a Hyper-V Server 2016:
Azure DevTest Labs begin to support the capability to create environments using Azure Resource Manager (ARM) templates! The general availability (GA) of Azure DevTest Labs was announced back in May this year.:
In case you haven't heard about Azure DevTest Labs, it's a self-service sandbox environment in Azure to quickly create Dev/Test environments while minimizing waste and controlling costs. "The public APIs, PowerShell cmdlets and VSTS extensions make it easy to integrate Dev/Test environments from labs to release pipeline."
In addition Azure DevTest Labs can also be used in other scenarios like training and hackathon.
Here are a couple of highlights of the feature:
- ARM templates are loaded directly from your source control repository (GitHub or VSTS Git).
- Once set up, DevTest Labs users can create an environment by simply picking an ARM template from the Azure portal as what they can do with other types of bases.
- Azure PaaS resources can be provisioned in an environment from ARM template in addition to IaasS VMs.
- Cost of environments can be tracked in the lab in addition to individual VMs created by other types of bases.