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
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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

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).

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Part 6: Deploy and Configure Shielded VMs Using SCVMM

Previous Post in Series:  Part 5:  Deploy and Configure the Host Guardian Service

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:

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