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”

Deploy and Configure a SCVMM Library Server on SOFS

Hi folks, I recently noticed that I was referring to a SCVMM library server in my Server 2016 Features Series but neglected to create a guide for said library server…how rude of me. Please allow me to rectify that Smile

When deploying a highly available instance of SCVMM, you can’t have the installer create the share for you, if you’ve been following the above series though, you’ve also deployed a scale-out file server, so why not put your SCVMM library share there?

There is one massive benefit to this method (you’re getting it in bold folks). When deploying a VM from a SOFS hosted library share to the SOFS shares for your Hyper-V environment, the data copy is all done within SOFS over your SMB network(s). This means that the traffic doesn’t touch your management network and in fact, won’t even leave the Top of Rack switch (assuming both your Hyper-V hosts and SOFS nodes are connected to the same). Continue reading “Deploy and Configure a SCVMM Library Server on SOFS”

Part 6: Deploy and Configure Shielded VMs Using SCVMM

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Welcome to Part 6 of the Server 2016 Features Series. In this section we’re going to configure all necessary resources to enable us to deploy shielded VMs on our guarded fabric.  You’ll need to have already configured a library server within SCVMM, if you’ve yet to do this, I’ve documented the process HERE

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

Continue reading “Part 6: Deploy and Configure Shielded VMs Using SCVMM”

Part 5: Deploy and Configure the Host Guardian Service

Previous Post in Series: Part 4: Deploy and Configure a 3 Node 2016 Hyper-V Cluster

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:

Continue reading “Part 5: Deploy and Configure the Host Guardian Service”

Part 3: Deploy a 2 Node Shared SAS 2016 Storage Spaces Cluster

Previous Post in Series:  Part 2: Deploy a Highly Available SCVMM Instance Step-by-Step

Welcome to part 3 of the Server 2016 Features Series.  In this deployment, VM storage will be provided to our Hyper-V cluster by means of Scale-Out file server shares (in advance of creating our Hyper-V cluster). This guide will take you through the deployment and configuration of a 2 node Shared SAS Storage Spaces cluster and the Scale-Out File Server role that sits on it. Here is a breakdown of the tasks that will be covered: Continue reading “Part 3: Deploy a 2 Node Shared SAS 2016 Storage Spaces Cluster”

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