Part 9: Deploy and Configure SDN Network Controller Service

Previous Post in Series: Part 8:  Server 2016 Software Defined Networking Overview

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:

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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

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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”

Part 5: Deploy and Configure the Host Guardian Service

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Welcome to Part 5 of the Server 2016 Features Series. In this section we’re going to work through an entire end-to-end deployment of the Host Guardian Service, including Hyper-V, SCVMM and in Part 6, VM template configuration and deployment of Virtual Machines using SCVMM.

You can jump to any of the sections covered in this post using the links below:

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Part 1: Deploy SQL Server 2016 Availability Groups

As I was about to start deploying a SQL server for use by VMM, I was reminded about how SQL is licensed when it’s for the purpose of hosting System Center databases. If you’re licensing your Hyper-V hosts with Cloud Platform Datacentre licenses, any SQL licences required for your System Center DBs are already covered.

With that in mind, I decided that if this was actually a production build, I’d build out a 2 node SQL AlwaysON cluster that uses Availability Groups for hosting all System Center databases.

The only database we will place here (during the guide) is the VMM database. For reasons I’ll explain a little further on, I had to go with the Enterprise edition of SQL, be aware though that only SQL Standard licensing is covered when using the Cloud Platform Datacentre licensing model for System Center. Continue reading “Part 1: Deploy SQL Server 2016 Availability Groups”

Server 2016 Features Series – Deploy and Configure

Hi folks,

Being fairly new to this whole blogging thing, it makes sense to start with something I’ve been working on recently.  With that in mind, I plan to kick off a series covering the following:

Part 1:  Deploy SQL Server 2016 Availability Groups
Part 2:  Deploy a Highly Available SCVMM 2016 Instance Step-by-Step
Part 3:  Deploy a 2 Node Shared SAS Storage Spaces Cluster
Part 4:  Deploy a 3 Node Hyper-V 2016 Cluster
Part 5:  Deploy and Configure the Host Guardian Service
Part 6:  Deploy and Configure Shielded Virtual Machines Using SCVMM
Part 7:  Expose Shielded VMs to Windows Azure Pack Portal
Part 8:  Server 2016 Software Defined Networking Overview
Part 9:  Deploy and Configure SDN Network Controller Service
Part 10:  Deploy and Configure SDN Software Load Balancer Service
Part 11:  Update, Backup and Restore SDN Environment

Chowder