Using the MAP to Plan Azure Migration – Part 4: Azure VM Readiness/Capacity Assessment Results

If you’re planning on migrating an on-premise workload into Microsoft Azure, but haven’t yet worked with Azure, you may want to know how much to expect your monthly bill will be.

Thankfully, there are several tools at your disposal in estimating costs, and assessing which systems are ready for Azure.

This series we will look at the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit. In another series, we will look at the Microsoft Azure Cost Estimator tool.

 

Azure VM Readiness Assessment

With the inventory data collected, we can review the assessment and see which systems should be considered for migration to Microsoft Windows Azure Virtual Machines.

In the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit, within the Cloud workspace, you will see multiple scenarios that were assessed. For this specific area, we are going to focus on the Azure VM Readiness Click on the Azure VM Readiness area to drilldown for further details.

MAP Toolkit - Azure VM Readiness

MAP Toolkit – Azure VM Readiness

Within the drilldown details it will show how many systems were evaluated, and the breakdown based on “Ready”, “Ready after changes”, and “Not ready”.

MAP Toolkit - Azure VM Readiness - Details

MAP Toolkit – Azure VM Readiness – Details

In order to see which systems fall into what category, you need to generate the report. Under the Options area, click on the Generate Windows Azure VM Readiness Report.

MAP Toolkit - Azure VM Readiness - Report Link

MAP Toolkit – Azure VM Readiness – Report Link

The Report Generation Status dialog will appear. Ensure that the ‘Open reports folder after Close’ checkbox is selected, then click Close.

MAP Toolkit - Azure VM Readiness - Report Generation Status

MAP Toolkit – Azure VM Readiness – Report Generation Status

By default, the report is stored in C:\Users\<UserName>\Documents\MAP\MAPDB and is labelled as WindowsAzureVMReadiness-<Month>-<Day>-<Year>-##h##m##s.xlsx.

MAP Toolkit - Azure VM Readiness - Report Location

MAP Toolkit – Azure VM Readiness – Report Location

When you open the report, there are 3 tabs; Summary, Windows Machines, and Linux Machines. The Summary tab shows the same breakdown numbers that were displayed on the drilldown screen.

MAP Toolkit - Azure VM Readiness - Report - Summary

MAP Toolkit – Azure VM Readiness – Report – Summary

The Windows Machines/Linux Machines tab will list all of the systems assessed, whether the Operating System and/or the SQL Server Instance is as an Azure Virtual Machine.

MAP Toolkit - Azure VM Readiness - Report - Windows Machines

MAP Toolkit – Azure VM Readiness – Report – Windows Machines

You can then use this information in planning which workloads to possibly migrate into Microsoft Azure.

 

Azure VM Capacity Assessment

With the performance data collected, we can review the assessment and see what the calculated Azure VM profile size and the estimated monthly storage and network usage is for each system.

In the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit, within the Cloud workspace, you will see multiple scenarios that were assessed. For this specific area, we are going to focus on the Azure VM Capacity Click on the Azure VM Capacity area to drilldown for further details.

MAP Toolkit - Azure VM Capacity

MAP Toolkit – Azure VM Capacity

Within the drilldown details it will show how many Azure VMs by size are needed. This is valuable information as it assists with estimating total cost for running various workloads within Azure.

MAP Toolkit - Azure VM Capacity - Drilldown

MAP Toolkit – Azure VM Capacity – Drilldown

In order to see which systems fall into what category, you need to generate the report. Under the Options area, click on the Generate Windows Azure VM Capacity Report.

MAP Toolkit - Azure VM Capacity - Report Link

MAP Toolkit – Azure VM Capacity – Report Link

The Report Generation Status dialog will appear. Ensure that the ‘Open reports folder after Close’ checkbox is selected, then click Close.

MAP Toolkit - Azure VM Capacity - Report Generation Status

MAP Toolkit – Azure VM Capacity – Report Generation Status

By default, the report is stored in C:\Users\<UserName>\Documents\MAP\MAPDB and is labelled as AzureVMCapacity-<Month>-<Day>-<Year>-##h##m##s.xlsx.

MAP Toolkit - Azure VM Capacity - Report Location

MAP Toolkit – Azure VM Capacity – Report Location

When you open the report, there are 5 tabs; Summary, Sizing Results, Virtual Machine Profiles, Current Utilization, and Machines Not Sized. The Summary tab shows the same breakdown numbers that were displayed on the drilldown screen.

MAP Toolkit - Azure VM Capacity - Report - Summary

MAP Toolkit – Azure VM Capacity – Report – Summary

The Sizing Results tab will list all of the systems assessed, and provide information on the Azure VM Size, Estimated monthly compute/network/storage usage, and even current utilization information including Disk I/O.

MAP Toolkit - Azure VM Capacity - Report - VM Sizing

MAP Toolkit – Azure VM Capacity – Report – VM Sizing

The Virtual Machine Profiles tab shows information specific to each Azure VM profile, including Number of CPU Cores, Memory, and even Disk Limits.

MAP Toolkit - Azure VM Capacity - Report - VM Profiles

MAP Toolkit – Azure VM Capacity – Report – VM Profiles

The Current Utilization tab will show details about current utilization of machines in your network based on the performance data collected.

MAP Toolkit - Azure VM Capacity - Report - Utilization

MAP Toolkit – Azure VM Capacity – Report – Utilization

The Machines Not Sized tab provides details of the machines that could not be classified in the various other categories.

MAP Toolkit - Azure VM Capacity - Report - Not Sized

MAP Toolkit – Azure VM Capacity – Report – Not Sized

You can then use this information in planning which workloads to possibly migrate into Microsoft Azure and to estimate total operating costs.

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