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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Download Azure VHD to On-Premise

We’ve created VM on Azure and tested on it. Then once complete your testing on it and you would like to move the virtual disk back to on-premise. There are few ways to do so:-

Option 1:- Use Save-AzureVHD cmdlet

Save-AzureVHD –source (azure storage account) –LocalFilePath (local destination)

#Download VHD from a blog to a file
save-azurevhd -source
https://ms4ustorageA.blob.core.windows.net/vhds/avtest01-avtest01-2015-03-03.vhd
-LocalFilePath d:\azure\avtest01.vhd

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Option 2:- Download from Azure Storage Container

Navigate to Azure Storage Container, select the disk and click DOWNLOAD

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Option 3:- Use Import/ Export.

You can use Export service to transfer large quantities of data resident in Blob storage to your on-premises installations in a timely and cost-effective manner.

It is faster and save from using your organization Internet bandwidth. Just ship your 3.5” SATA II/III hard disk and make sure each disk is not more than 4TB. Remember to provide drive ID, which is the serial number assigned by the drive manufacturer to a specific hard disk on Azure Portal. Go to Azure Storage Dashboard and click Import/Export.

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Click Create Export Job

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If you’re from Malaysia, the caurier is using DHL. The wizard will let you know on which courier service to use.

Cost per disk is around RM200 (or USD 80) for retail price. For more detail, please use Azure calculator:- http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/pricing/calculator/?scenario=full

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Both option 1 and 2 require to have big Internet bandwidth throughput on-premise in order to download the fixed virtual disk. So think careful on which option that is suitable for you.

Once virtual hard has moved back to on-premise either any of the option above, you can use Hyper-V to run it.

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