Azure Stack Hardware

Azure Stack TP3, Roadmap and Pricing Update available

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Microsoft today not only released Azure Stack TP3 (Technical Preview 3) for the public, Microsoft also announced an update on the Azure Stack roadmap and about Azure Stack licensing. The Technical Preview 3 of Azure Stack brings a couple of new features and scenarios for your hybrid cloud deployment. Right now TP3 is also only the single node POC deployment.

Azure Stack Roadmap

This is great for test and showcases as well as getting your deployment ready for the release of Azure Stack GA, which will be mid-CL17. The Azure Stack POC deployment will also be renamed to “Microsoft Azure Stack Development Kit” after GA.

For the Azure Stack TP3 release, Microsoft will deliver refreshes of that build until the release of Azure Stack GA.

At the Azure Stack GA release this summer, Microsoft will deliver Azure Stack hardware with provides from HPE, Dell and Lenovo. Later in 2017 Microsoft will also deliver Azure Stack with Cisco hardware.

After GA, Microsoft  will continuously deliver additional capabilities through frequent updates. The first round of updates after GA are focused on two areas: 1) enhanced application modernization scenarios and 2) enhanced system management and scale. These updates will continue to expand customer choice of IaaS and PaaS technologies when developing applications, as well as improve manageability and grow the footprint of Azure Stack to accommodate growing portfolios of applications.

Azure Stack POC Downloader

What’s new in Azure Stack TP3

With Azure Stack TP3, we’ve worked with customers to improve the product through numerous bug fixes, updates, and deployment reliability & compatibility improvements from TP2. With Azure Stack TP3 customers can:

  • Deploy with ADFS for disconnected scenarios
  • Start using Azure Virtual Machine Scale Sets for scale out workloads
  • Syndicate content from the Azure Marketplace to make available in Azure Stack
  • Use Azure D-Series VM sizes
  • Deploy and create templates with Temp Disks that are consistent with Azure
  • Take comfort in the enhanced security of an isolated administrator portal
  • Take advantage of improvements to IaaS and PaaS functionality
  • Use enhanced infrastructure management functionality, such as improved alerting

Pricing and Licensing

Azure Stack

As mentioned Microsoft will offer Azure Stack from 4 different OEMs. HPE, Dell and Lenovo will deliver a solution at Azure Stack GA in mid-CY17 and Cisco will be available later in 2017. For the pricing model of Azure Stack, Microsoft decided to deliver the licensing of Azure Stack on a pay-per-use base. This meets of course the cloud economics and there will be no upfront licensing costs for customers. Services will be typically metered on the same units as Azure, but prices will be lower, since customers operate their own hardware and facilities. For scenarios where customers are unable to have their metering information sent to Azure, we will also offer a fixed-price “capacity model” based on the number of cores in the system.

 

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ExpertsLive Australia

Speaking at ExpertsLive Australia 2017

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Last year I had the honor to speak at SCU Australia in Melbourne, and I am happy to announce that I will be speaking at this year’s ExpertsLive Australia 2017 (previously known as System Center Universe) event in Australia. The event will take place 6th – 7th April 2017 in the
Crown Promenade, Melbourne. Last year’s event was great and I really can’t wait to get back at Down Under and especially the ExpertsLive conference.

Surface Book OneNote Melbourne

I will be presenting two sessions:

Nano Server – The Future of Windows Server

Nano Server is the future of Windows Server. With Nano Server Microsoft created the foundation for Windows Server for the next years. In this session you will get an overview about Nano Server and see some great live demos how you can deploy, manage and operate Nano Server as well as creating applications for it. Get a better understanding of Nano Server and see how you deploy, manage and operate it.

The best of Windows Server 2016

Join this session for The Best of Windows Server 2016 — The New Foundation of your Datacenter. You’ll get an overview about the new, exciting improvements that are in Windows Server 2016 and how they’ll improve your day-to-day job. In this presentation Thomas Maurer (Microsoft MVP) will guide you through the highly anticipated innovations including: •Hyper-V 2016 features •Nano Server •Storage Spaces Direct •Storage Replica •Windows Server Containers •And more!

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Open website from PowerShell

Open website from PowerShell

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If you want to directly open a website from the PowerShell console, you can use the Start-Process cmdlet. This will open the website in the default browser:

You can also use “Start” which is an alias for Start-Process:

 

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Nano Server PowerShell Package Management

Nano Server PowerShell Package Management

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In Nano Server roles, features and drivers live outside of the basic Nano Server Image in Nano Server packages. Nano Server Packages can be found on the Windows Server 2016 media in the Nano Server folder under Packages. You can the New-NanoServerImage or Edit-NanoServerImage PowerShell cmdlets to add them while creating or editing a Nano Server Image. If the Nano Server is already running you have to use PowerShell Package Management to add roles and features to the Nano Server. Here is how this works

Import the Nano Server PowerShell Package Provider

Nano Server PowerShell Package Management

Online install Nano Server Packages on the running Nano Server

Install Nano Server Package PowerShell Package Management

Offline install Nano Server Packages to a VHD or VHDX file

Download and save Nano Server Packages

You can also download the latest version of Nano Server Packages, so you can add them later using the New-NanoServerImage PowerShell cmdlet.

Get Installed Nano Server Packages (Online)

Get Installed Nano Server Packages (Offline)

I hope this helps you how to handle Nano Server Packages using PowerShell Package Management (OneGet).

 

 

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Speaking at Microsoft TechDays 2017 Switzerland

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I hope everyone had or is still having a great holiday. Today I am proud to announce that I have the opportunity to speak again at the Microsoft TechDays in Switzerland. From 30th – 31st January the Microsoft TechDays will take place in Baden. The conference will cover the latest trends and news from the industry and is a great opportunity for IT professionals and software developers to learn all about the newest developments in Microsoft technologies, products and services.

Microsoft TechDays Featured Speaker

My session will be placed under the IT Pro track and I will cover some of the new stuff coming with Windows Server 2016 and Hyper-V 2016, including:

  • Hyper-V 2016 features
  • Nano Server
  • Storage Spaces Direct
  • Storage Replica
  • Windows Server Containers
  • And more!

So if you want to learn the latest and greatest about Microsoft technology, make sure you attend this event.

TechDays 2017

From 30th – 31st January the Microsoft TechDays will take place in Baden. The conference will cover the latest trends and news from the industry and is a great opportunity for IT professionals and software developers to learn all about the newest developments in Microsoft technologies, products and services.

 

 

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Hyper-V Manager ins Azure Server Management Tools SMT

Manage Hyper-V from Azure Server Management Tools

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Microsoft released an updated to the Azure Server Management Tools (SMT) and this improves some of the existing tools such as File Explorer and Device Manager. But the big announcement here is, that you now can manage your Hyper-V Server and Virtual Machines directly from Microsoft Azure from where ever you are. This is one of the great examples of using cloud solutions to extend your on premise environment, By using Management as a Service you basically don’t need to updated anything, you just got this new feature available in the Azure portal and you can start using it.

In this update to the Server Management Tools, Microsoft supports the following VM management functionality:

  • Start/Shutdown/Turn off/Pause/Resume
  • Save State/Delete Saved State
  • Take/Apply & rename checkpoints

You can see the Virtual Machines on which are running on the Hyper-V server

Hyper-V Manager in Azure SMT

You can also do basic management of checkpoints

Hyper-V VM in Azure SMT

If you want to know more about the Server Management Tools (SMT) check out my blog post: Manage Nano Server and Windows Server from Azure using Remote Server Management Tools

 

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Bash on Windows 10

How to Install Linux Bash on Windows 10

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With the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, which was released by Microsoft in Summer 2016, Microsoft included a Windows Subsystem for Linux in Windows 10. This allows you to enable Bash on Windows 10. In this blog post I quickly want to show how you can enable the Windows Subsystem for Linux on Windows 10. This is great if you want to use some Linux tools on your Windows 10 machine. I use it for example to use SSH to connect to Linux Virtual Machines on Azure.

First you have the following requirements:

  • Windows 10 Anniversary Update – Windows 10 Build 14393 and higher
  • 64-bit versions of Windows 10
  • Internet Connection to download the Windows Subsystem for Linux in Windows
  • Active Developer Mode in Windows 10

First enable Developer Mode There are two option you can do this

Open the Settings App, go to Update & Security, go to For developers and enable Developer mode:

Windows 10 - Developer Mode

You can also use the following PowerShell command to enable Developer Mode:

After this you can enable the Windows Subsystem for Linux as a Windows Feature in the Control Panel or PowerShell

Windows 10 - Windows Subsystem for Linux

Run the following PowerShell command to enable the Windows Subsystem for Linux:

Enable Windows Subsystem for Linux using PowerShell

After that you will need to restart your computer.

Now you can open up PowerShell or the command prompt and start using bash. (You can also start Bash directly from the Start Menu)

Bash on Windows 10

Hope this helps you to get started.

 

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