Part 1: Deploy Azure Stack Single Node POC

Welcome back if you’ve been here before, and ahoy there if you haven’t Smile

Over the last couple of years I’ve been heavily focused on Server 2016 and many of its new features, with that now being handed over to operations my focus is now shifting to Azure Stack. As my boss has been involved with Azure Stack since the very early days, I’ve had the opportunity to dip in and out over the last 6 months or so, I’m therefore not going in completely blind…which is nice Smile

As with any new technology, the first thing I did was go and get a look at the available documentation…and there is a LOT of it available already, most of it can be found HERE

We’re now at Technical Preview 3 for Azure Stack and in my experience the deployment is pretty straightforward now and mainly without issue. As we’re not quite at GA yet, AS can only be deployed on a single server for Proof of Concept purposes and that’s what this guide is going to step through. Here’s a high level of what steps are included: Continue reading “Part 1: Deploy Azure Stack Single Node POC”

Part 11: Update, Backup and Restore SDN Environment

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Welcome to part 11 of my Server 2016 Features Series, I thought it was worth posting on this one because I managed to brick my SDN environment (in my lab) because I just went for it without following any real process…COME ON, we’ve all done it Smile

There won’t be much new in here that Greg Cusanza at MS hasn’t covered in the great documentation he uploaded recently, so if nothing else, you’ll get a similar experience to that but with a slight Scottish flavour Smile

At the time of writing, backup and restore of SDN was introduced in the most recent Cumulative Update, and as I alluded to earlier, getting this piece wrong can break your SDN environment, so it’s important that you get it right.

OK, that’s enough scaremongering…let’s get to it. Continue reading “Part 11: Update, Backup and Restore SDN Environment”

Part 9: Deploy and Configure SDN Network Controller Service

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Welcome to part 9 in the series folks, if you’ve not read the overview guide (at the link above), it’s worth doing that before continuing on to the deployment phase as reading it may shape some of your design decisions etc.

Here is a list of the main steps that we’ll be covering in this guide:

Continue reading “Part 9: Deploy and Configure SDN Network Controller Service”

Part 7: Expose Shielded VMs to Windows Azure Pack Portal

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Welcome to part 7 of the Server 2016 Features Series. In the last two sections we deployed a Guarded Fabric and set things up to allow us to deploy Shielded VMs from within SCVMM. This section of the guide will build on that by exposing the Shielded VM capability to the Windows Azure Pack portal.

This guide assumes that you already have a WAP server up and running and connected to SCVMM via SPF, if you’ve yet to do this, I’ve put together a guide on it HERE

Here’s a quick list of what will be covered in this guide:

  • Create a Shielded VM Template in SCVMM
  • Create a VM Cloud in SCVMM
  • Create a plan and user in WAP Admin Portal
  • Deploy a shielded VM from template within the WAP Portal

Continue reading “Part 7: Expose Shielded VMs to Windows Azure Pack Portal”

Set Custom URLs for WAP Admin and Tenant Sites

Hello again folks, I just recently put up a guide on deploying WAP and SPF and thought this little addition would be useful.

The first thing I wanted to do when I spun up my first WAP server was to have the admin and tenant sites respond over port 443 and change the URLs to something more friendly. I was very happy to find out that this is something that can be done without “too” much effort Smile

The first thing you’ll want to do is decide on the URLs for each of the sites listed in the table below. Once that decision has been made, you’ll want to add them into DNS, for the purposes of this guide I’m doing this all internally but the theory is the same for making these sites available to the internet. Continue reading “Set Custom URLs for WAP Admin and Tenant Sites”

Add Additional Administrators to WAP Admin Portal

Hi folks, I thought I’d throw up a quick guide of this one for the sake of completeness after posting my WAP deployment guide.

So you’ve got WAP up and running and have done all your testing etc. You’re looking to add some additional administrators to the admin portal and can’t for the life of your find out where to do that. Don’t worry, it’s not you, apparently this cannot be done from within the portal itself and needs to be done by inserting users into the WAP database via PowerShell. Continue reading “Add Additional Administrators to WAP Admin Portal”

Deploy Windows Azure Pack (Express) Step-by-Step

Hello again folks, if you’ve been following this blog since it launched, you’ll be aware that I’ve been writing a series I’m calling the Server 2016 Features Series. Part of this series is exposing the Shielded VM capability to the Windows Azure Pack portal. I’m working on the assumption that some people may never have deployed WAP before, and so decided to put a guide together for it. As this guide isn’t technically part of the above series, I’ll also be including the components required for a successful minimal viable deployment of WAP Express (single server). Here is a high level of the tasks covered:

  • Deploy and configure a SQL Server 2016 VM
  • Deploy and configure a Service Provider Foundation Server
  • Deploy and configure a Windows Azure Pack Server

Continue reading “Deploy Windows Azure Pack (Express) Step-by-Step”