How to Move Your Data/Files to Microsoft Azure

Once you get started with Microsoft Azure, it won’t be long before you’ll want to start copying files from your computer/server.  Unfortunately, there isn’t any convenient desktop tools like OneDrive, Dropbox, Google Drive, Amazon Cloud Drive etc. that let you just copy and synch from (Windows explorer / Mac finder).  Most of the tools are “old school” command line tools.  Today you have a choice of AzCopyAzure PowerShellAzure Storage Client Library for .NET or through explorer  tools. Here’s a short list as of August 2014:

My guess is that Microsoft will upgrade / create a comprehensive tool in the near future that’s as easy as the ubiquitous desktop synch tools used by millions of consumers today.


Azure Migration Tools Links

Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter 2.0

Microsoft® Virtual Machine Converter (MVMC) is a Microsoft-supported, stand-alone solution for the information technology (IT) pro or solution provider who wants to convert virtual machines and disks from VMware hosts to Hyper-V® hosts and Windows Azure™.

Migration Automation Toolkit (MAT)

The Migration Automation Toolkit is a collection of PowerShell scripts that automate conversions using the MVMC. It’s back-ended by SQL (SQL Express will work). You can use it to convert several machines at once, on a single server or across many servers at once. (v1.5.2.2007)


AppZero Cloud automates movement of Windows enterprise server applications to any cloud

Vision Solutions Double-take Move

Double-Take® MOVE allows you to migrate physical, virtual, and cloud server workloads with real-time replication from a single, intuitive user console. Protect your productivity with technology that eliminates user and application downtime during migrations. Double-Take MOVE migrates your entire server environment including the system state and file system (including file and folder permissions, attributes, compression and encryption settings) without suspending or interrupting production operations.