Tag: Azure Stack HCI

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.



Ignite 2022 Azure Hybrid Cloud announcements recap

Livestream: Ignite 2022 Azure Hybrid Cloud announcements recap

Last week at Microsoft Ignite 2022 we had a huge amount of Azure Hybrid Cloud announcements. Today, Lior Kamrat (Principal Program Manager Arc Platform at Microsoft) and Thomas Maurer (Senior PM & Chief Evangelist Azure Hybrid) will host a livestream on October 19, where you can learn about the latest Azure hybrid cloud news announcements from Microsoft Ignite.

If you can’t wait for the latest news, make sure you check out my blog posts on the new AKS Hybrid deployment options and AKS Lite, as well was my post on Azure Automanage for Azure Arc-enabled Servers, which is now generally available.

Join the Azure Hybrid Ignite 2022 recap livestream with Lior Kamrat and Thomas Maurer to learn about the latest Azure hybrid

Join us on the YouTube Livestream

If you are interested, join us on October 19 online. I am really looking forward to chatting with you in the Livestream about the latest Microsoft Azure Hybrid news from Microsoft Build. You can find the live stream here on YouTube.

If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment.



Learn Live – Manage Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) on Azure Stack HCI

Learn Live – Manage Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) on Azure Stack HCI

As you know we are currently running the Learn Live Azure Hybrid Cloud Study Hall on Microsoft Learn TV. The first learn live episodes around our hybrid services with Azure Arc and Azure Stack HCI are now done and available on-demand. But we have more to come! In the upcoming episode I have the chance to go through the Manage Azure Kubernetes Service on Azure Stack HCI Microsoft Learn module together with Senior Cloud Advocate Vinicius Apolinario.

The session will run Thursday  June 16, 2022 10:00AM – 11:30AM (Pacific) and will also be available on-demand. You can download a calendar invite right here.

In this Learn Live episode we will go through the Manage Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) on Azure Stack HCI and AKS on Windows Server. You can watch live and later the recording here:

Manage Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) on Azure Stack HCI

This module describes how to implement and manage Microsoft Azure Kubernetes Service on Azure Stack HCI. In this episode, you will:

  • Describe Kubernetes and Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS).
  • Describe Azure Kubernetes Service on Azure Stack HCI.
  • Deploy AKS and Kubernetes clusters.
  • Connect Azure Kubernetes Service on Azure Stack HCI to Microsoft Azure Arc for Kubernetes.
  • Manage pod placement on multi-pool Kubernetes clusters.
  • Manage pod storage on Kubernetes clusters.

I hope you will enjoy the Learn Live Manage Azure Kubernetes Service on Azure Stack HCI session, if you want to learn more and check out the upcoming Learn Live Azure Hybrid Cloud Study Hall sessions, check out the main page on Microsoft Learn.

About the Learn Live Azure Hybrid Cloud Study Hall

Join us for the new Azure Hybrid study hall series. This fourteen-part weekly series will answer your questions live, walk through how to configure, deploy, manage your hybrid cloud resources using services and hybrid cloud technologies, and walk-through Microsoft Learn modules focused on Azure Arc and Azure Stack HCI. You will learn how you can manage your on-premises, edge and multicloud resources, and how you can deploy Azure services anywhere with Azure Arc and Azure Stack




Set up Single-Node Azure Stack HCI

Set up Single-Node Azure Stack HCI

At Microsoft Build 2022 Microsoft just announced the general availability of single-node Azure Stack HCI. Enables you to run single node deployments for new scenarios. In this blog post we will go through how you can set up a single-node Azure Stack HCI cluster and connect it to Azure with Azure Arc. This can be used to install on a physical machine or in a virtual machine as well. In my case I am running this on a single Intel NUC for testing and lab.

What is Single-Node Azure Stack HCI

Azure Stack HCI is a hardware and software stack that customers have been using to extend the Azure cloud to their physical location. The standard hardware configuration is optimized for scale and power, and the new single node offering provides additional options for business scenarios with different requirements.

The new single node Azure Stack HCI, now generally available, fulfills the growing needs of customers in remote locations while maintaining the innovation of native integration with Azure Arc. Specifically, it offers customers the flexibility to deploy the stack in smaller spaces and with less processing needs, optimizing resources while still delivering quality and consistency.

Additional benefits include:

  • Smaller Azure Stack HCI solutions for environments with physical space constraints or that do not require built-in resiliency, like retail stores and branch offices.
  • A smaller footprint to reduce hardware and operational costs.
  • Solutions that can be built to scale, ranging from a single node up to 16 nodes if needed.

You can learn more about the single-node Azure Stack HCI clusters on Microsoft Docs.

Set up Single-Node Azure Stack HCI

First you need to make sure you have all the prerequisites.

  • A server from the Azure Stack HCI Catalog that’s certified for use as a single-node cluster and configured with all NVMe or all SSD drives. For evaluation purposes you can also use a virtual machine.
  • For network, hardware and other requirements, see Azure Stack HCI network and domain requirements.
    • Requires a Windows Active Directory Domain
  • Download Azure Stack HCI
  • (Optional) If you are running the Azure Stack HCI node in a virtual machine, make sure you enable nested virtualization.
# If you are running Azure Stack HCI for evaluation purposes this is how to enable the virtual machines for nested virtualization 
Set-VMProcessor -VMName "VMName" -ExposeVirtualizationExtensions $true
Get-VMNetworkAdapter -VMName "VMName" | Set-VMNetworkAdapter -MacAddressSpoofing On

Install and update the Azure Stack HCI operating system

Installing the Azure Stack HCI operating system is very straightforward and similar to Windows Server.

Install Azure Stack HCI operating system
Install Azure Stack HCI operating system

After the installation you will be promoted to set the local administrator password. You can learn more about the installation process here on my blog and on official Microsoft Docs.

Configure the Azure Stack HCI node

Sconfig tool on Azure Stack HCI
Sconfig tool on Azure Stack HCI

After you have installed the operating system, you can either use the sconfig tool to configure the basic node settings such as IP address, domain, and hostname, or you can also use PowerShell

# Set IP address
New-NetIPAddress -InterfaceAlias "Ethernet" -IPAddress 172.21.21.12 -PrefixLength 24 -DefaultGateway '172.21.21.1'
# Set DNS Server
Set-DnsClientServerAddress -InterfaceAlias "Ethernet" -ServerAddresses ("172.21.21.11")
# Change Computername and join Active Directory Domain
Add-Computer -NewName AzSHCI01 -DomainName tailwindtraders.local
# Restart computer
Restart-Computer

Also make sure you have installed all the latest updates.

Install Azure Stack HCI operating system updates
Install Azure Stack HCI operating system updates

Create a single-node cluster using PowerShell

After you have rebooted the server, make sure you login with an Active Directory Domain account. You can also use PowerShell remoting to connect to the server.

Enter-PSSession -Computername "AzSHCI01" -Credential tailwindtraders\thomas

Now you can install all the necessary roles and features

# Install Roles & features and restart server
Install-WindowsFeature -Name "BitLocker", "Data-Center-Bridging", "Failover-Clustering", "FS-FileServer", "FS-Data-Deduplication", "Hyper-V-PowerShell", "RSAT-AD-Powershell", "RSAT-Clustering-PowerShell", "NetworkATC", "Storage-Replica" -IncludeAllSubFeature -IncludeManagementTools
DISM /Online /Enable-Feature /All /FeatureName:Microsoft-Hyper-V
Restart-Computer

After all the roles and features have been installed you can now prepare the data drives to be used for Storage Spaces Direct.

Update-StorageProviderCache
    Get-StoragePool | ? IsPrimordial -eq $false | Set-StoragePool -IsReadOnly:$false -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
    Get-StoragePool | ? IsPrimordial -eq $false | Get-VirtualDisk | Remove-VirtualDisk -Confirm:$false -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
    Get-StoragePool | ? IsPrimordial -eq $false | Remove-StoragePool -Confirm:$false -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
    Get-PhysicalDisk | Reset-PhysicalDisk -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
    Get-Disk | ? Number -ne $null | ? IsBoot -ne $true | ? IsSystem -ne $true | ? PartitionStyle -ne RAW | % {
        $_ | Set-Disk -isoffline:$false
        $_ | Set-Disk -isreadonly:$false
        $_ | Clear-Disk -RemoveData -RemoveOEM -Confirm:$false
        $_ | Set-Disk -isreadonly:$true
        $_ | Set-Disk -isoffline:$true
    }
    Get-Disk | Where Number -Ne $Null | Where IsBoot -Ne $True | Where IsSystem -Ne $True | Where PartitionStyle -Eq RAW | Group -NoElement -Property FriendlyName

To create the single-node cluster and enable Storage Spaces Direct with disabled storage cache.

# Create single-node cluster
New-Cluster -Name <cluster-name> -Node <node-name> -NOSTORAGE -StaticAddress <ipaddress>
# Enable Storage Spaces Direct without storage cache
Enable-ClusterStorageSpacesDirect -CacheState Disabled

Now you can create a new volume using PowerShell

New-Volume -FriendlyName "Volume1" -Size 1TB -ProvisioningType Thin

Register the single-node Azure Stack HCI

You can now register single-node Azure Stack HCI cluster using the following commands.

Install-Module -Name Az.StackHCI
Register-AzStackHCI  -SubscriptionId "<subscription_ID>" -ResourceGroupName <resourcegroup> -TenantId "<tenant_ID>"
Azure Stack HCI registration with Azure using Azure Arc
Azure Stack HCI registration with Azure using Azure Arc

After that your Azure Stack HCI single-node cluster will show up in the Azure portal.

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

To learn more about setting up a single-mode Azure Stack HCI cluster, you can also check out the Microsoft Docs.

Manage your single-node Azure Stack HCI with Azure Arc

One of the great benefits of running Azure Stack HCI is the deep hybrid cloud integration with Azure using Azure Arc. This allows you to manage Azure Stack HCI directly from the Azure control plane.

Enable Azure Monitoring for Azure Stack HCI

For one of the benefits of Azure Arc integration you can enable Azure Monitor for your Azure Stack HCI cluster.

Enable Monitoring for Azure Stack HCI cluster
Enable Monitoring for Azure Stack HCI cluster

There are many other benefits in the works like VM (virtual machine) creation using the Azure Arc resource bridge which is currently in preview.



Learn Live Azure Hybrid Cloud Study Hall Header

Learn Live: Azure Hybrid Cloud Study Hall

Join us for the new Azure Hybrid study hall series. This fourteen-party weekly series will answer your questions live, walk through how to configure, deploy, manage your hybrid cloud resources using services and hybrid cloud technologies, and walk-through Microsoft Learn modules focused on Azure Arc and Azure Stack HCI. You will learn how you can manage your on-premises, edge and multicloud resources, and how you can deploy Azure services anywhere with Azure Arc and Azure Stack. The series will kick off on April 14th and will have two new episodes every Thursday!

Join us for this live learning experience where you will be guided by subject matter experts through the Learn modules below in real time along with developers around the globe. Earn badges, prepare for certifications and Learn Live with a great community! See you there

Learn Live: Azure Hybrid Cloud Study Hall Sessions

Introduction to Azure Arc: April 14, 2022 10:00AM – 11:30AM (Pacific)

In this module, you’ll be able to describe Azure Arc enabled servers. You’ll also be able to describe Azure Arc enabled Kubernetes. In this episode, you will:

  • Describe Azure Arc enabled servers.
  • Describe Azure Arc enabled Kubernetes.

📺Add to Calendar to join live!

🎓Complete Learn Module!

Introduction to Azure Stack: April 14, 2022 10:30AM – 12:00PM (Central Europe)

This module introduces you to the Azure Stack portfolio and describes basic architecture, core capabilities, and primary use cases of its products. You’ll also learn about differences and similarities between Azure Stack HCI, Azure Stack Hub, Azure Stack Edge, and Azure. In this episode, you will:

  • Describe the Azure Stack portfolio
  • Describe basic architecture, core capabilities, and primary use cases of Azure Stack Hub
  • Describe basic architecture, core capabilities, and primary use cases of Azure Stack HCI
  • Describe basic architecture, core capabilities, and primary use cases of Azure Stack Edge

📺Add to Calendar to join live!

🎓Complete Learn Module!

Introduction to Azure Arc enabled servers: April 21, 2022 10:00AM – 11:30AM (Pacific)

This module introduces you to Azure Arc enabled servers and describes its characteristics, capabilities, and use cases. In this episode, you will:

  • What are the characteristics of Azure Arc enabled servers?
  • What are the core capabilities of Azure Arc enabled servers?
  • How can you simplify management and maintenance of Azure Arc enabled servers?

📺Add to Calendar to join live!

🎓Complete Learn Module!

Introduction to Azure Stack HCI core technologies: April 21, 2022 10:30AM – 12:00PM (Central Europe)

This module introduces Azure Stack HCI technologies. You’ll learn about the core Azure Stack HCI technologies, including Hyper-V, software-defined storage, and software-defined networking. In this episode, you will:

  • Describe Hyper-V and its components
  • Describe Azure Stack HCI and its components
  • Describe software-defined storage
  • Describe software-defined networking

📺Add to Calendar to join live!

🎓Complete Learn Module!

Plan and deploy Azure Arc-enabled servers at scale: April 28, 2022 10:00AM – 11:30AM (Pacific)

Azure Arc promises to bridge the gap between on-premises and cloud environments. Azure Arc-enabled servers extends the consistent security, observability, and governance of the Azure platform to non-Azure machines. In this module, you’ll learn about planning and securely deploying Azure Arc-enabled servers at scale. In this episode, you will:

  • Understand Azure Arc’s built-in and supplemental security functions
  • Evaluate different deployment and testing channels for Azure Arc-enabled servers
  • Apply best practices for Azure Arc-enabled servers architecture and management

📺Add to Calendar to join live!

🎓Complete Learn Module!

Plan and deploy Azure Stack HCI: April 28, 2022 10:30AM – 12:00PM (Central Europe)

This module introduces you to planning for and deploying Azure Stack HCI. Content includes identifying suitable workloads, determining the optimal configuration to host these workloads, stepping through the deployment process, validating post-deployment operational status, and evaluating Azure integration options. In this episode, you will:

  • Plan for Azure Stack HCI.
  • Deploy Azure Stack HCI.
  • Validate deployment of Azure Stack HCI.
  • Integrate Azure Stack HCI with Azure.

📺Add to Calendar to join live!

🎓Complete Learn Module!

Introduction to Azure Arc enabled Kubernetes: May 5, 2022 10:00AM – 11:30AM (Pacific)

In this module, you learned how Azure Arc enabled Kubernetes clusters can help customers like Contoso to optimize and simplify their operations. In this episode, you will:

  • Describe Kubernetes, Azure Arc, and Azure Arc-enabled Kubernetes.
  • Connect Kubernetes clusters to Azure Arc.
  • Manage Azure Arc enabled Kubernetes clusters by using GitOps.
  • Integrate Azure Arc enabled Kubernetes cluster with Azure services like Azure Monitor and Azure Policy.

📺Add to Calendar to join live!

🎓Complete Learn Module!

Integrate Azure Arc and Azure Stack HCI: May 5, 2022 10:30AM – 12:00PM (Central Europe)

In this module, you will learn the fundamentals of Azure Arc and how is it used to bring new capabilities to the management and monitoring of your Azure Stack HCI clusters at scale. In this episode, you will:

  • Describe Azure Arc, its components, and use cases
  • Describe the principles of integration of Azure Arc and Azure Stack HCI
  • Describe the benefits of Azure Arc enabled Azure Stack HCI clusters

📺Add to Calendar to join live!

🎓Complete Learn Module!

Introduction to Azure Arc-enabled data services: June 2, 2022 10:00AM – 11:30AM (Pacific)

In this module, you’ll learn the fundamentals of hybrid computing and Azure Arc. You will also learn the basics of Azure Arc-enabled data services including the overall architecture. Then you will learn the capabilities of Azure Arc-enabled SQL Managed Instance and PostgreSQL Hyperscale. In this episode, you will:

  • Describe why hybrid computing is an important technology strategy for many users and businesses.
  • Describe what is Azure Arc-enabled data services and why it can be an important part of any hybrid compute and data strategy.
  • Describe the managed capabilities and benefits of using Azure Arc-enabled SQL Managed Instance for SQL Server workloads.
  • Describe the managed capabilities and benefits of using Azure Arc-enabled PostgreSQL Hyperscale for applications wanting to use the PostgreSQL engine.

📺Add to Calendar to join live!

🎓Complete Learn Module!

Manage Azure Stack HCI clusters: June 2, 2022 10:30AM – 12:00PM (Central Europe)

This module covers the most common Microsoft Azure Stack HCI management and maintenance tasks that will help you improve the resiliency, stability, and performance of your existing IT infrastructure. In this episode, you will:

  • Describe the most common Azure Stack HCI cluster management tasks.
  • Update cluster operating system and software.
  • Monitor an Azure Stack HCI cluster.
  • Configure an Azure Stack HCI cluster quorum.
  • Implement an Azure Stack HCI stretched cluster.
  • Maintain cluster nodes.

📺Add to Calendar to join live!

🎓Complete Learn Module!

Implement Azure App Service on Kubernetes with Arc: June 9, 2022 10:00AM – 11:30AM (Pacific)

Azure App Service on Kubernetes with Azure Arc enables implementation of Azure application-platform services on customer-managed, Arc-onboarded Kubernetes clusters. In this episode, you will:

  • Prepare for implementing Azure App Service on Kubernetes with Azure Arc.
  • Implement an Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) cluster that supports Azure App Service on Kubernetes with Azure Arc.
  • Install the Application services extension into an AKS cluster.
  • Deploy Azure App Services web apps to an AKS cluster.

📺Add to Calendar to join live!

🎓Complete Learn Module!

Integrate Azure services with Azure Stack HCI: June 9, 2022 10:30AM – 12:00PM (Central Europe)

This module describes the benefits, considerations, and implementation process of integrating Microsoft Azure services with Azure Stack HCI and its workloads. In this episode, you will:

  • Monitor Azure Stack HCI by using Azure Monitor.
  • Protect Azure Stack HCI VMs by using Azure Site Recovery.
  • Protect Azure Stack HCI VMs by using Azure Backup.
  • Implement Azure Network Adapter in Azure Stack HCI scenarios.

📺Add to Calendar to join live!

🎓Complete Learn Module!

Manage Azure Stack HCI virtual machine workloads: June 16, 2022 10:00AM – 11:30AM (Pacific)

This module describes how to manage and maintain Microsoft Azure Stack HCI virtual machine (VM) workloads. In this episode, you will:

  • Manage Azure Stack HCI VMs.
  • Configure affinity of Azure Stack HCI VMs.
  • Configure load balancing of Azure Stack HCI VMs.
  • Configure GPU support for Azure Stack HCI VMs.
  • Implement Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) in Azure Stack HCI.
  • Implement Trusted Enterprise Virtualization in Azure Stack HCI.

📺Add to Calendar to join live!

🎓Complete Learn Module!

Manage Azure Kubernetes Service on Azure Stack HCI: June 16, 2022 10:30AM – 12:00PM (Central Europe)

This module describes how to implement and manage Microsoft Azure Kubernetes Service on Azure Stack HCI. In this episode, you will:

  • Describe Kubernetes and Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS).
  • Describe Azure Kubernetes Service on Azure Stack HCI.
  • Deploy AKS and Kubernetes clusters.
  • Connect Azure Kubernetes Service on Azure Stack HCI to Microsoft Azure Arc for Kubernetes.
  • Manage pod placement on multi-pool Kubernetes clusters.
  • Manage pod storage on Kubernetes clusters.

📺Add to Calendar to join live!

🎓Complete Learn Module!

Learn Live: Azure Hybrid Cloud Study Hall Speakers

We have a great lineup of speakers and experts for the Azure Hybrid Cloud Study Hall from the community such as Microsoft MVPs as well as from Microsoft engineering.

Want to join the Learn Live: Azure Hybrid Cloud Study Hall on Learn TV? You can lern more here on Microsoft Learn!



Deep Dive on AKS on Azure Stack HCI at Microsoft Ignite

Deep Dive on AKS on Azure Stack HCI at Microsoft Ignite

Do you want to learn more about how you can run the Azure Kubernetes Service in your own datacenter running on Azure Stack HCI and get a deep-dive understanding of how it works? Join our deep-dive session on AKS on Azure Stack HCI and get your questions answered in the Ask the Experts session.

What is Azure Kubernetes Service on Azure Stack HCI?

Azure Kubernetes Service on Azure Stack HCI is an on-premises implementation of Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS), which automates running containerized applications at scale. Azure Kubernetes Service is available on Azure Stack HCI and Windows Server 2019 Datacenter, making it quicker to get started hosting Linux and Windows containers in your datacenter.

To get started with Azure Kubernetes Service on-premises, on Windows Server 2019 or Azure Stack HCI, set up Azure Kubernetes Service on Azure Stack HCI.

Bring Azure Kubernetes Services to a Hybrid Environment (The Blueprint Files)

In this session, Mike Kostersitz will provide you with an in-depth view of deploying Azure Kubernetes Services (AKS) anywhere in your hybrid environment using Azure Stack HCI. Azure Kubernetes Service on Azure Stack HCI is an on-premises implementation of Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS), which automates running containerized applications at scale and allows customers to bring Azure services to their on-premises environment using Azure Arc.

Register here on Microsoft Ignite!

Ask the Experts: Bring Azure Kubernetes Services to a Hybrid Environment (The Blueprint Files)

Join our experts to answer your questions with an in-depth view of deploying Azure Kubernetes Services (AKS) anywhere in your hybrid environment using Azure Stack HCI. Azure Kubernetes Service on Azure Stack HCI is an on-premises implementation of Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS), which automates running containerized applications at scale and allows customers to bring Azure services to their on-premises environment using Azure Arc.

Register here on Microsoft Ignite!

I hope these sessions provide you with a great deep-dive learning experience on AKS on Azure Stack HCI at Microsoft Ignite.

Also, make sure to join our live stream on Wednesday with Lior Kamrat and Thomas Maurer, where we cover the latest news around Azure Hybrid from Microsoft Ignite.



Azure Hybrid News Live Stream MS ignite

Livestream: Azure Hybrid News from Microsoft Ignite

On November 2-4, 2021 Microsoft will host a free online event called Microsoft Ignite. As usual, there will be a lot of news and announcements around different Microsoft technologies. We also expect some announcements and sessions around Azure hybrid and multicloud. Lior Kamrat (WW Tech Lead Azure Hybrid at Microsoft) and Thomas Maurer (Senior Cloud Advocate Azure Hybrid) will host a livestream on November 3, where you can learn about the latest Azure hybrid cloud news announcements from Microsoft Ignite.

Livestream: Azure Hybrid News from Microsoft Ignite

Make sure you join us on November 3, 10 am (PST) – 6 pm (CET) live on YouTube or directly here on ThomasMaurer.ch.

 ▶ Download the calendar ICS file here. 📅✔

Join the livestream with Lior Kamrat and Thomas Maurer to learn about the latest Azure hybrid

Join us on the YouTube Livestream

If you are interested, join us on November 3 online. I am really looking forward to chatting with you in the Livestream about the latest Microsoft Azure Hybrid news from Microsoft Ignite. You can find the live stream here on YouTube.

If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment.



Azure Stack HCI Days 2021

Azure Stack HCI Days 2021 recordings available!

Last week I had the chance to speak at the Azure Stack HCI Days 2021, and now the recordings are available. The Azure Stack HCI Days are a community drive free virtual event. Provides a 20-hour journey through the new Microsoft Azure Stack HCI offering with speakers from the community, OEM partners, and Microsoft. I was speaking about Azure Arc and hybrid cloud management.

You can watch more sessions here on Carsten’s YouTube Channel!

Azure Stack HCI Days 2021 Agenda
Azure Stack HCI Days 2021 Agenda

Azure Stack HCI Days 2021 Day 1 recording:

Azure Stack HCI Days 2021 Day 2 recording:

Absolutely great content delivered by the community, partners, and Microsoft!



Azure Stack HCI Days 2021

Speaking at Azure Stack HCI Days 2021

I am happy to let you know that this week I will be speaking at the Azure Stack HCI Days 2021 virtual conference. The Azure Stack HCI Days are a community drive free virtual event. You can join on the 22nd and 23rd of September in a 20-hour journey through the new Microsoft Azure Stack HCI offering with speakers from the community, OEM partners, and Microsoft. I will be speaking about Azure Arc and hybrid cloud management.

Azure Stack HCI Days 2021 Agenda
Azure Stack HCI Days 2021 Agenda

Azure Arc Overview -Learn about Hybrid and Multicloud Management with Azure

For customers who want to simplify complex and distributed environments across on-premises, edge, and multi-cloud, Azure Arc enables deployment of Azure services anywhere and extends Azure management to any infrastructure. In this session, Thomas Maurer will demonstrate the new Azure Arc capabilities for your Hybrid environment. This session includes an overview of the different features such as:

  • Multi and Hybrid Cloud Governance
  • Using Azure as a Control plane for Linux, Windows Server, Kubernetes cluster, SQL DBs
  • Deploy Azure services such as Logic Apps, Web Apps, Azure SQL, and many more anywhere

This is an awesome free community-driven event with a lot of deep-dive content, so join us!



Azure Hybrid and Multicloud Digital Event

Azure Hybrid and Multicloud Digital Event on June 29

On June 29 Microsoft will be hosting an Azure Hybrid and Multicloud Digital Event with some major announcements on Azure Arc and news around Azure Stack HCI.

You can register for the free, two-hour Azure Hybrid and Multicloud Digital Event on June 29 from 9:00 AM–11:00 AM Pacific Time and learn how to be more productive and agile by extending Azure management and running Azure data services across your on-premises, multicloud, and edge environments. 

The event kicks off with a short keynote followed by these deep dives into key topics and real companies’ experiences:   

  • Be among the first to hear a major Azure Arc announcement. Learn how to bring cloud capabilities to your data workloads across hybrid and multicloud environments.   
  • Intel and Microsoft: Partnering to deliver scalable, secure, and flexible hybrid infrastructure to customers. 
  • Run Azure data services anywhere with the latest developments in Azure Arc–enabled data services. See how SKF Group and Dell Technologies are getting the most out of the latest generation of hybrid data offerings.  
  • Quickly build, deploy, and update apps anywhere with Azure Arc. Learn how to ensure governance, compliance, and security for all deployments. 
  • Get consistent operations and security for hybrid and multicloud environments—and learn to automate systems to meet security, governance, and compliance standards.  
  • Modernize your datacenter and use Azure Stack HCI hybrid capabilities to help improve availability and performance across environments. 

Featured speakers are:

  • Corey Sanders
    Corporate Vice President, Solutions, Microsoft
  • Roanne Sones
    Corporate Vice President, Azure Edge + Platform, Microsoft
  • Victoria Van Camp
    Chief Technology Officer and President, SKF Group
  • Rose Schooler
    Corporate Vice President and General Manager, Global Data Center Sales, Intel
  • Asad Khan
    Partner Director of Program Management, Azure Data, Microsoft
  • Sven Vollbehr
    Head of Digital Manufacturing, SKF Group
  • Matt Baker
    Senior Vice President, Strategy and Planning, Dell Technologies
  • Gabe Monroy
    Vice President, Azure Developer Experience, Microsoft
  • Jeremy Winter
    Vice President, Azure Compute, Microsoft
  • Bernardo Caldas
    Vice President of Program Management, Azure Core OS and Edge Infrastructure, Microsoft

Until then, check out some of my Azure Arc and Azure Stack blog posts and documentation: