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Creating a Microsoft Azure Client

An Azure virtualization client manages data protection operations for an Azure subscription. You must create Azure clients on client computers installed with the Virtual Server Agent.

If you have multiple Azure subscriptions, create a virtualization client for each subscription. If your environment includes both Azure Classic and Azure Resource Manager (ARM), you must configure separate virtualization clients for Classic and ARM.

An Azure virtualization client is also required to support conversion of virtual machines to Azure Classic or ARM and to create VM Lifecycle Policies (for Azure Classic only).

Before You Begin

Azure Classic Deployments

For Azure Classic deployments, you must provide the following information during client configuration:

  • An Azure subscription ID and thumbprint are required.

    Obtain your subscription ID and thumbprint from the Azure Web site under Settings.

  • You must create and upload an Azure management certificate. For instructions, see Setting Up an Azure Management Certificate.

Azure Resource Manager Deployments

For Azure Resource Manager deployments, you must provide the following information during client configuration:

  • Subscription ID
  • Tenant ID
  • Application ID and password

You can run a script to get the required information for your Azure Resource Manager environment as described in Setting Up an Application and Tenant for Azure Resource Manager.

Procedure

  1. From the CommCell Browser, right-click Client Computers and select New Client > Virtualization > Azure.
  2. On the Create Azure Client dialog, select one of the following from the Deployment Model list:
    • Classic
    • Resource Manager
  3. For either deployment model, enter the following information:
    • Client Name: Enter a descriptive name for the virtualization client.
    • Subscription ID: Enter the subscription ID for your Azure account.
  4. For Azure Classic deployments, provide the following additional information:
    • Thumbprint: Enter the thumbprint for the Azure management certificate in this box and in the Confirm Thumbprint box.

      This value is secure and is not shown when you redisplay the client or instance properties.

      Note: Although the thumbprint provided in the certificate properties might be in mixed case, you must enter it in this dialog box using UPPERCASE LETTERS for the alphabetic characters.

  5. For Azure Resource Manager deployments, provide the following additional information:
    • Tenant ID: Enter the tenant ID associated with the virtualization client.
    • Application ID: Enter the application ID associated with the tenant.
    • Application Password:  Enter the password for the application in this box and in the Application Confirm Password box.
  6. Add VSA proxies to be used for Azure operations:
    1. Next to Proxies, click Add.
    2. In the Select Clients/Client Groups dialog box, select one or more VSA proxies.

      Notes:

      • For Azure Classic, the VSA proxy must have an Azure management certificate installed.
      • Specify different proxies for Azure Classic and Azure Resource Manager.
    3. Click OK.
  7. Click OK to create the virtualization client.
  8. Refresh Azure information:
    • Azure Classic:
      1. Go to Client Computers > Azure Client > Virtual Server, right-click Azure, and then click All Tasks > Refresh Azure Cloud Services.
      2. In the Refresh Azure Cloud Services dialog box, refresh or discover virtual machines:
        • To refresh the status of Azure virtual machines, select Refresh VM Status.
        • To discover all virtual machines and add them to the CommCell Console as clients, select Discover VMs.
    • Azure Resource Manager:
      1. Go to Client Computers > Azure Client > Virtual Server, right-click Azure Resource Manager, and then click All Tasks > Refresh Datacenters.
      2. In the Refresh Datacenters dialog box, refresh or discover virtual machines:
        • To refresh the status of Azure virtual machines, select Refresh VM Status.
        • To discover all virtual machines and add them to the CommCell Console as clients, select Discover VMs.
  9. Click OK.

    Depending on your selections, this operation might take some time.