Introduction to Azure Site Recovery - Disaster Recovery

What is Azure Site Recovery?

Azure Site Recovery is a Microsoft Azure service that provides disaster recovery and business continuity solutions for on-premises and Azure virtual machines. It allows organizations to replicate and fail over workloads to Azure in the event of unexpected outages or disasters.

Key Concepts and Features

Azure Site Recovery offers several key concepts and features:

  • Replication: It supports replication of virtual machines from on-premises data centers, other clouds, or Azure regions to provide recovery options.
  • Orchestration: Azure Site Recovery allows you to define disaster recovery plans to ensure failover and failback of applications in a specific order.
  • Multi-VM Consistency: It provides application-aware recovery, ensuring that multi-tier applications recover together in a consistent state.
  • Integration: Azure Site Recovery integrates with various Azure services, including Azure Backup, Azure Monitor, and Azure Log Analytics for enhanced monitoring and management.
  • Testing and Compliance: You can regularly test disaster recovery scenarios without impacting production environments and ensure compliance with industry standards and regulations.

Getting Started with Azure Site Recovery

To get started with Azure Site Recovery, follow these steps:

  1. Sign in to your Azure Portal.
  2. Create an Azure Site Recovery vault, specifying the region and settings that match your disaster recovery requirements.
  3. Set up replication for virtual machines by installing Azure Site Recovery Mobility Service on the source VMs and configuring replication settings.
  4. Create recovery plans that define the order of failover for your applications and ensure they recover in the right sequence.
  5. Perform regular testing and maintenance to ensure disaster recovery readiness and compliance with your organization's policies.

Sample Code

Here's an example of how to configure replication for a virtual machine to Azure using Azure PowerShell:

# Define variables
$resourceGroupName = "MyResourceGroup"
$vmName = "MyVM"
$targetLocation = "East US"
$recoveryServicesVaultName = "MyRecoveryVault"
# Configure replication
Enable-AzRecoveryServicesAsrReplication -Name $recoveryServicesVaultName -ResourceGroupName $resourceGroupName -ReplicationProtectedItemName $vmName -TargetAzureLocation $targetLocation


Azure Site Recovery is a critical component of disaster recovery and business continuity planning. By utilizing its features, organizations can ensure data and application availability, reduce downtime, and recover quickly from unexpected disruptions.