My company is in the process of transitioning some of its on-premises services to the Microsoft cloud; some of them are being replaced altogether by hosted services (Exchange, SharePoint); some other are custom applications running on local servers, thus they need to be moved to Azure virtual machines without any modification to their current setup.
Luckily, almost all of our servers are Hyper-V virtual machines, thus the move should be quite straightforward; I've already set up an Azure virtual network, a site-to-site VPN and a domain controller for the cloud "site", and now I'd like to begin moving some VMs.
However, all the documentation I could find start with the imperative to run sysprep on the VM before uploading its VHD to Azure:
I don't want to create custom VM templates. I need to move already running virtual machines to Azure, without any impact on their current configuration (apart from changing the network settings, of course). Sysprep is well known to wreak havoc on several applications, and it's something I definitely want to avoid.
How can this be achieved?