Manage Azure Arc-enabled Azure Stack HCI with Azure Arc

Manage Azure Arc-enabled Azure Stack HCI from Azure

In this blog post we are going to have a quick look on how you can manage Azure Arc-enabled Azure Stack HCI (Hyper-Converged Infrastructure) directly from Microsoft Azure using the Azure Arc integration. As part of the Azure Arc-enabled infrastructure, Azure Stack HCI can be managed directly from the Azure control plane.

Azure Arc-enabled Azure Stack HCI provides you with unified resource management and a flexible cloud-connected architecture. Which means you can always stay up to date with the latest Azure security, performance, and capabilities with Azure Arc–enabled Azure Stack HCI. Discover, monitor, and manage the Azure Stack HCI hosts as well as the virtual machines (VMs) and containers running on them from within the Azure portal or the Azure Resource Manager (ARM) APIs.

Azure Arc-enabled Infrastructure with Azure Stack HCI
Azure Arc-enabled Infrastructure with Azure Stack HCI

After you have deployed and registered Azure Stack HCI with Azure Arc, you can now see the resource in the Azure portal. From here you can leverage different Azure management tools and hybrid cloud services.

Azure Stack HCI in the Azure Portal
Azure Stack HCI in the Azure Portal

Monitor Azure Stack HCI with Azure Monitor

You can now monitor your Azure Stack HCI clusters directly from Azure using Azure monitor. This also provides a great overview if you manage multiple Azure Stack HCI clusters.

Monitor Azure Stack HCI with Azure Monitor
Monitor Azure Stack HCI with Azure Monitor

Enable Azure Hybrid benefits for Azure Stack HCI

You can easily enable the Azure Hybrid benefits for your Azure Stack HCI cluster and other features directly from the Azure portal.

Enable Azure Hybrid benefits on Azure Stack HCI
Enable Azure Hybrid benefits on Azure Stack HCI

Deploy virtual machines (VMs) using the Azure Arc resource bridge

With the Azure Arc resource bridge integration, you can easily deploy new virtual machines on your Azure Stack HCI clusters running on-premises or at the edge.

Create VM on Azure Stack HCI using the Azure Portal
Create VM on Azure Stack HCI using the Azure Portal

You can use your own images stored locally, on a central Azure storage account, or even use Azure marketplace images.

Manage VM images on Azure Stack HCI with Azure Marketplace
Manage VM images on Azure Stack HCI with Azure Marketplace

Use Windows Admin Center in the Azure Portal

If you need some more granular management, you can also use Windows Admin Center directly from the Azure portal. No VPN needed; the connection works securely over the integrated Azure Arc agent.

And more

I hope this blog and the video provided you with an overview on how you can manage your Azure Arc-enabled Azure Stack HCI cluster directly from Azure. This only converted some of the features, there is more than just that.

If you have any questions, feel free to comment below.