Configure Azure Site Recovery Zone to Zone Replication

In this post we will be going through setting up and configuring Azure Site Recovery (ASR) using zone to zone replication.

The zone to zone replication feature of Azure Site Recovery allows the replicate data and resources within the same region but across different zones. This is particularly useful for high availability of applications and services in the event of a zone outage.

Zone to Zone Replication in Azure ASR offers several advantages. It provides low recovery point objectives (RPOs) and recovery time objectives (RTOs) by continuously replicating changes. This ensures minimal data loss and enables quick failover in case of a disruption.

To configure zone to zone replication, the VM’s that is going to be replicated needs to be in an availability zone if not you wont be able to select it.

For existing VM’ the only way to move to an availability zone is through a CLI to copy and re deploy the VM.

To start using ASR we need to create a new recovery services vault.

To create a new ASR go to Recovery Services vaults blade in the Azure portal and click on create.

Select the subscription that the vault will be deployed, resource group, give the vault a name and set the region.

Add tags if in use and then review and create.

The deployment of the vault can take a few minutes complete.

Select the vault, go to replicated items and select Azure virtual machines.

Select the region, resource group and select the availability zone that the VM was deployed too.

Select the VM to be replicated, if the VM doesn’t show check to make sure it was deployed to an availability zone.

Next either create a new target resource group or use an existing one and select failover network.

Select availability options to specify the target zone.

Select the default or create a replication policy. I set to update extension to allow ASR to manage (this will create an Azure Automation Account).

Review setting to confirm everything is correct and enable.

If we check the site recovery jobs we should see the replication be create.

We can also see the status of the replication under replicated items.

It will take a little while for the synchronization to complete. Once completed there will be a warning, this is just alerting that the failover hasn’t been tested.

Last step will be to test failover.

If we click on the three dots beside the replicated item we then have the option to failover or test failover.

select the recover point and virtual network (for a test failover this can’t be the same as the production VNET.)

To check the status of the failover job, go to Monitoring > Site Recovery Jobs and select the failover job.

Once the job completed there should be a VM running with -test at the end of the name in the recovery resource group.

The VM will have a different IP address than the production VM, once where finished testing the last step is to clean up the failover test.

Go back to the replicated items and select cleanup test failover.

We can add in a note if we want, tick testing complete and then click ok to remove the test VM.

The cleanup job will run this will take a few minutes to complete and the test VM should now be gone.

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