Part 2: Azure Stack Development Kit Deployment Guide

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Hello again folks. A while ago now, I created an end to end guide for deploying the Azure Stack TP3 single node POC. Now we’ve got the ASDK, it’s time to run through another deployment and see what’s changed.

Here’s a list of what we’ll  be covering

If you’re deploying Azure Stack for the first time, have a look at this Prerequisites section before continuing. Continue reading “Part 2: Azure Stack Development Kit Deployment Guide”

Part 1: Azure Stack – A “Quick” Overview

Ahoy there folks and welcome back. So I was working on a series of blog posts regarding Azure Stack TP3 and just as I was writing the last one, they go and bring out the Azure Stack Development Kit (ASDK) with an updated deployment guide…awesome!

So, I’ll be running through the new deployment with ASDK and posting about my experiences, mainly where the differences are. Instead of diving right into the deployment guides this time, I’ve decided to post an overview of Azure Stack as it may serve to give a better understanding of the core concepts before getting your hands dirty…I know, but trust me, we’ll both end up in a better place because of it as I’m fleshing out my knowledge here while writing it, so it’s purely for selfish reasons 😛

Keep in mind most of this post was written with TP3 in mind, and I’ve made changes where I think they’re required but if I’ve missed any, please forgive me, better yet, leave a comment and I’ll fix it. Continue reading “Part 1: Azure Stack – A “Quick” Overview”

Part 4: Enabling Multi-Tenancy in Azure Stack TP3

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Welcome back folks! I wasn’t really planning on actually doing this piece for a while but as ever, priorities shift and work streams are completed quicker than expected (yeah right, that last part can’t be true Smile)

I have a really bad habit of saying a guide will be fairly short then going on to write war and peace with the -Verbose flag set, however, I’m not sure even I can beef this one up as it really is pretty straightforward. Continue reading “Part 4: Enabling Multi-Tenancy in Azure Stack TP3”

Part 3: Deploy App Service as PaaS on Azure Stack

Previous Post in Series:  Part 2: Deploy MSSQL and MySQL as PaaS on Azure Stack

20/07/2017:  UPDATED for the Azure Stack Dev Kit

Ahoy there folks! In the last part of this series (see link above) we deployed both the MSSQL and MySQL resource providers to our Azure Stack POC environment. Now we’re going to go through the process for offering the App Service as PaaS, this isn’t too involved and should make for a fairly short guide. So without further ado…

Here’s a quick breakdown of what we’ll be covering:

Continue reading “Part 3: Deploy App Service as PaaS on Azure Stack”

Part 2: Deploy MSSQL and MySQL as PaaS on Azure Stack

Previous Post in Series:  Part 1: Deploy Azure Stack Single Node POC

19/07/2017:  UPDATED for the Azure Stack Dev Kit

Welcome back folks. In the last guide we deployed a single node Azure Stack POC and uploaded a Server 2016 Image to the gallery. In part 2 we’re going to deploy both the MSSQL and MySQL resource providers. Microsoft have done a great job of making this a fairly straightforward endeavour so I don’t expect this to be too meaty a post Smile

Here’s a high level list of what we’ll be going over:

Continue reading “Part 2: Deploy MSSQL and MySQL as PaaS on Azure Stack”

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”