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Azure Stack Event HPE Geneva

Speaking at the Microsoft Azure Stack Customer Event at the HPE Innovation Center in Geneva

As you might have seen we at itnetX are heavily pushing Hybrid Cloud with Microsoft Azure and Azure Stack. Besides our webinar series about Azure Stack, we are working together with Microsoft and HPE to present the Azure Stack solution at a live event in Geneva. Attendees will first have the chance to have a tour trough the HPE Customer Innovation Center, and after that itnetX and HPE will present two session about Microsoft Azure Stack, followed by networking and drinks.

  • HPE Customer Innovation Center Tour
  • Session: Microsoft Azure Stack – Your Cloud, Your Datacenter
  • Session: The Hybrid IT Approach with Microsoft Solutions
  • Networking & Closing Apéro

If you are interested to learn about Azure Stack from itnetX, Microsoft and HPE, join the Microsoft Azure Stack Customer Event at the HPE Customer Innovation Center in Geneva on June 27th.

I will be speaking together with Charbel Nemnom (itnetX and Microsoft MVP) and we will be joined by Christine Perrin (HPE Presales Consultant, Hybrid IT Innovation Center team).

Presentation - Microsoft Azure Stack - Your Cloud, Your Datacenter

By Charbel Nemnom & Thomas (Microsoft Cloud & Datacenter Most Valuable Professionals) Microsoft released Azure Stack as an Azure appliance for your datacenter. Learn what Azure Stack is, what challenges it solves, how you deploy, manage and operate Azure Stack in your datacenter. Discover the features and services and how you can build a true Hybrid Cloud experience. In this presentation, Charbel Nemnom and Thomas Maurer will guide you through the highly anticipated innovations and experiences during the Azure Stack Early Adaption Program and Azure Stack Technology Adoption Program (TAP).

HPE Customer Innovation Center in Geneva

The Customer Innovation Center environment is designed to help you get an end-to-end understanding of the HPE portfolio and partner eco-system capabilities. As part of the Microsoft Azure Stack event, you will be able to explore different showcase areas including the industry zone presenting live intelligent edge uses-cases, the transformation zone with a see and touch experience on products, technology in action with a tour within the modular Datacenter (MDC) and finally the success gallery.

Managed Azure Stack

The operation of Azure Stack requires a lot of know-how: special business processes have to be established. The infrastructure requires a high degree of monitoring and capacity planning and the offered services must be configured and optimized continuously. During two sessions, HPE and itnetX will share their expertise knowledge on the entire operation of the Azure Stack infrastructure and will provide you with useful insights into how to successfully integrate, manage and operate Microsoft Azure Stack.



Thomas Maurer Azure Stack Webinar

Azure Stack Webinar by Microsoft MVP Thomas Maurer

Together with itnetX we are starting a couple of webinars on Microsoft Azure Stack. I am happy to announce that I will be speaking in the first webinar about Azure Stack, what it is, what are the use cases for it and how you can leverage it to build a true hybrid cloud. The free webinar will take place at June 21, 4pm-5pm CEST and will be held in English.

Make sure you register to reserve you seat:

Azure Stack Webinar

In this session, Thomas Maurer will talk about Microsoft Azure Stack. Learn what it is, what it is meant for, and discover the real Microsoft Hybrid Cloud benefits, delivered by Azure Stack!

In the second Azure Stack webinar, my colleague and friend, Charbel Nemnom (Microsoft MVP) will talk about how Microsoft Azure Stack is integrated into your datacenter, how it’s operated and how it can be used to offer services to consumers. Besides that, he will also dive into the Azure Stack Development Kit, a free single-server deployment option that lets you test Azure Stack and prototype your applications and services before you commit to purchase Azure Stack.



Altaro Webinar Journey to the Clouds

Webinar: Journey to the Clouds – Masterclass on Cloud Migration

Together with Altaro and my MVP colleagues Andy Syrewicze and Didier Van Hoye, I will be part of a free webinar called Journey to the Clouds- Masterclass on Cloud Migration. In this webinar we will dicsuss differnent cloud scenarios.

There are two options available depending on which time zone you are in.

  • Session 1: 2pm CEST – 5am PDT – 8am EDT
  • Session 2: 6pm CEST – 9am PDT – 12pm EDT

Join Webinar Journey to the Clouds

Want to migrate your datacenter into the cloud but unsure how to make the transition successfully? 3 Microsoft MVPs discuss your options in this upcoming panel webinar. Join Andy Syrewicze, Didier Van Hoye, and Thomas Maurer for a crash course on how you can plan your journey effectively and smoothly utilizing the exciting cloud technologies coming out of Microsoft.

Want to migrate your datacenter into the cloud but unsure how to make the transition successfully? 3 Microsoft MVPs discuss your options in this upcoming panel webinar.

Join Andy Syrewicze, Didier Van Hoye, and Thomas Maurer for a crash course on how you can plan your journey effectively and smoothly utilizing the exciting cloud technologies coming out of Microsoft including:

  • Windows Server 2019 and the Software-Defined Datacenter
  • New Management Experiences for Infrastructure with Windows Admin Center
  • Hosting an Enterprise Grade Cloud in your datacenter with Azure Stack
  • Taking your first steps into the public cloud with Azure IaaS

With cloud technologies improving exponentially migrating to a cloud-based model is a dilemma facing most organizations today. Cloud services such as Microsoft Azure, Azure Stack, and the software defined datacenter, offer numerous benefits but moving existing infrastructure into a cloud model is a challenging step.

 

Many IT Pros are justifiably wary of new platforms and cloud services are particularly worrisome involving core infrastructure elements hosted offsite. This is why some of the new technologies coming from Microsoft are so compelling as they are designed to help organizations make that transition slowly and at their own pace. This webinar covers both fully-serviced cloud offerings as well as smaller-scaled solutions that provide more accessible steps to realizing the benefits without fully committing.

 

After watching the experts discuss the details, you’ll see that the cloud doesn’t have to be an all or nothing discussion. The journey from on-prem to the cloud is different for every organization, as is the destination. This webinar will prepare you for your unique journey by revealing the available options and how to make the most out of them.

 

Join us for some insightful discussion, use-case examples, and tips for getting started with these new technologies. Sign up today.

 

We hope to see you there!



Configuring and Operating a Hybrid Cloud with Microsoft Azure Stack

Passed 70-537 Configuring and Operating a Hybrid Cloud with Azure Stack Exam

Back in February Microsoft released the Azure Stack beta exam, 70-537 Configuring and Operating a Hybrid Cloud with Azure Stack Exam. As always I try to take the exam early as they are available and today I finally got the results that I passed exam 70-537.

Passing Exam 537: Configuring and Operating a Hybrid Cloud with Microsoft Azure Stack validates the skills and knowledge necessary to plan, deploy, package, update, and maintain the Azure Stack infrastructure. Candidates also demonstrate the ability to offer hybrid cloud resources and requested services, and to manage IaaS and PaaS.

This exam measures the following skills:

  • Deploying and Integrating an Azure Stack Environment
  • Configuring PaaS and IaaS for Azure Stack Environment
  • Providing Services to enabling DevOps for Azure Stack Tenants
  • Maintaining and Monitoring an Azure Stack Environment

This week I finally got the message that I passed the Beta exam. If you want to take that exam you should really be familiar with the products and solutions mentioned above, otherwise you will have a hard time passing the exam. There are both questions about Azure Stack ASDK as well as the multi node system, so I would recommend that you get some hands on experience with a multi node system as well.

If you want to know more about the exam, check out this link: Microsoft 70-537 Configuring and Operating a Hybrid Cloud with Azure Stack Exam



Azure Stack Azure Cloud Shell

Connect to Azure Stack from Azure Cloud Shell

A little while ago Microsoft announced the Azure Cloud Shell. The Azure Cloud Shell is a perfect tool to manage your Azure resources using the Azure CLI or Azure PowerShell. Wouldn’t it be great to also manage your resources running on Azure Stack? Thanks to the consistency between Microsoft Azure and Microsoft Azure Stack, you can use the same tools to manage your hybrid cloud.

First of all login to your Azure Cloud Shell on shell.azure.com or in the Azure Portal.

Azure Cloud Shell

After the login you have to register Azure Stack as a new cloud by running the following command:

Azure Stack Cloud List Azure CLI

Now you can list the new Azure Stack cloud by using:

To switch to the Azure Stack Cloud use the following command:

If you are doing this the first time and you use another account you can use az login to login.

One thing you should do is to switch the profile version to an Azure Stack compatible version

Azure Cloud Shell Azure Stack

Now you can start using the Azure CLI in the Azure Cloud Shell to manage your Azure Stack. First of all yes this works also if you just use the Azure CLI. In the case of the Azure Cloud Shell the Azure Stack needs to be accessible from the internet. If your Azure Stack is not accessible from the internet, you can just use the Azure CLI directly from your management machine.

Azure Stack Cloud Shell Visual Studio Code

Fun Fact, since you an also run the Azure Cloud Shell directly in Visual Studio Code, you can also just open up the shell session and start working from Visual Studio Code.

 

 

 



Azure Stack

Video: HIAG Data and itnetX enable hybrid IT with HPE and Microsoft Azure Stack

When I had the chance to speak about our Azure Stack project together with HIAG Data at HPE Discover 2017 in Madrid last year, I also had the chance to record a short video. In that video I am speaking about how HIAG Data and itnetX enable Hybrid Cloud with HPE and Microsoft Azure Stack.

Enjoy the quick customer case marketing video 😉

HIAG Data partnered with itnetX which helps its customers with cloud transformations by utilizing HPE & Microsoft Azure Stack . You can find out more about how your business can implement a hybrid IT strategy based on HPE at https://hpe.com/cloud/azurestack

 



Azure Stack Tools

Setup an Azure Stack Cloud Operator and Developer Workstation Environment

If you are responsable to manage and operate Azure Stack, you will need to enable a couple of tools to manage Azure Stack. This post should give you a summary of what you should do to setup your Azure Stack Operator and Developer workstation environment.

Operating System

Azure Stack Windows Admin Workstation

First of all you should setup a clean base system. I usually use the latest version of Windows 10, right now the latest Windows 10 version is the Fall Creators Update which give you some great features like the OpenSSH client or the Windows Subsystem for Linux build in, or I use Winodws Sevrer 2016 with Desktop Expierence. Make sure you install all the latest updates for Microsoft Update.

Install Visual Studio Code

PowerShell for Visual Studio Code

Visual Studio Code is a new, free, lightweight cross-platform code editor for building modern web and cloud applications on Mac OS X, Linux and Windows. It is perfect for editing JSON files and even writing some code. And it has a built-in Terminal so you don’t have to switch between different windows.

I recommend you install the following Extensions:

Install SSH Client or Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL)

OpenSSH Windows 10

To manage Linux Virtual Machines running on Azure Stack or if you need to manage the hardware switches in Azure Stack or your border switches where Azure Stack is connected, SSH is the way to access it. Windows 10 now comes with several builtin options like the OpenSSH Client which you can install as addtional feature or for example the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) which allows you to run several linux tools on Windows directly. If you are using another version of Winodws, the thrid party application PuTTY is your friend.

You can also using PowerShell to install it:

Install Azure Stack PowerShell

Install Azure Stack PowerShell

Azure Stack compatible Azure PowerShell modules are required to work with Azure Stack. PowerShell commands for Azure Stack are installed through the PowerShell gallery, you can run the following commands to install it: (Make sure there are no other Azure PowerShell Modules installed, if there are, the commands will remove them). If you also install Visual Studio, install Visual Studio first before you install the Azure Stack PowerShell.

If you need to install it on a machine which does not have access to the internet. check outthe offical Microsoft page: Install PowerShell for Azure Stack

Install Azure Stack tools

Azure Stack Tools

AzureStack-Tools is a GitHub repository that hosts PowerShell modules that you can use to manage and deploy resources to Azure Stack. This brings you several functionalities for Azure Stack management:

  • Deployment of Azure Stack – Helps prepare for Azure Stack deployment.
  • Resource Manager policy for Azure Stack – Constrains Azure subscription to the capabilities available in the Azure Stack.
  • Connecting to Azure Stack – Connect to an Azure Stack instance from your personal computer/laptop.
  • Setting up Identity for Azure Stack – Create and manage identity related objects and configurations for Azure Stack
  • Azure Stack Service Administration – Manage plans and subscriptions in Azure Stack.
  • Azure Stack Compute Administration – Manage compute (VM) service in Azure Stack.
  • AzureRM Template validator – Validate Azure ARM Template Capabilities
  • Azure Stack Infrastructure Administration – Manage Azure Stack Infrastructure

You can get the Azure Stack tools from GitHub:

You can directly open that folder in Visual Studio Code:

Configure Azure Stack PowerShell environment

As an Azure Stack user, you can configure your Azure Stack PowerShell environment. After you configure, you can use PowerShell to manage Azure Stack resources such as subscribe to offers, create virtual machines, deploy Azure Resource Manager templates, etc.

For an Azure Stack deployment which is using Azure Active Directory (AAD) as an Identity provider, you can use the following commands:

Install and configure CLI for use with Azure Stack

Azure CLI

You can also use the Azure CLI 2.0 to manage Azure Stack.

Install Azure CLI on Windows using MSI

To install the CLI on Windows and use it in the Windows command-line, download and run the Azure CLI Installer (MSI).

Install with apt-get for Bash on Ubuntu on Windows (WSL)

  1. Open the Bash shell.
  2. Modify your sources list.
  3. Run the following sudo commands:
  4. Run the CLI from the command prompt with the az command.

Connect to Azure Stack using the Azure CLI

If you are using Public Certificates for your Azure Stack, this is pretty staight forward, if you are using the Azure Stack Development Kit or an Internal CA, make sure your client trusts the Azure Stack CA root Certificate. You can find more here: Install and configure CLI for use with Azure Stack

Register your Azure Stack environment by running the az cloud register command.

Register as a cloud administrative environement:

  1. To register the cloud administrative environment, use:
  2. Set the active environment by using the following commands.
  3. Update your environment configuration to use the Azure Stack specific API version profile. To update the configuration, run the following command:
  4. Sign in to your Azure Stack environment by using the az login command. You can sign in to the Azure Stack environment either as a user or as a service principal.

Register the user environment, use:

  1. To register the user environment, use:
  2. Set the active environment by using the following commands.
  3. Update your environment configuration to use the Azure Stack specific API version profile. To update the configuration, run the following command:
  4. Sign in to your Azure Stack environment by using the az login command. You can sign in to the Azure Stack environment either as a user or as a service principal.

Install the Microsoft Azure Storage Explorer

Azure Stack Azure Storage Explorer

To access and manage Azure Stack Storage Accounts you can also use the Microsoft Azure Storage Explorer tool. Microsoft Azure Storage Explorer (Preview) is a standalone app from Microsoft that allows you to easily work with Azure Storage data on Windows, macOS and Linux.

If you are running the Azure Stack Development Kit, you should again have a look how you get the certificates implace, you can find that here: Connect Storage Explorer to an Azure Stack subscription

  1. Install the Microsoft Azure Storage Explorer
  2. After Storage Explorer  restarts, select the Edit menu, and then ensure that Target Azure Stack is selected. If it is not selected, select it, and then restart Storage Explorer for the change to take effect. This configuration is required for compatibility with your Azure Stack environment.
  3. To connect to the Azure Stack account, select Add an account.
  4. In the Connect to Azure Storage dialog box, under Azure environment, select Use Azure Stack Environment, and then click Next.
  5. To sign in with the Azure Stack account that’s associated with at least one active Azure Stack subscription, fill in the Sign in to Azure Stack Environment dialog box.
    The details for each field are as follows:Environment name: The field can be customized by user.
    ARM resource endpoint: The samples of Azure Resource Manager resource endpoints:For cloud operator:
    https://adminmanagement.-region-.-FQDN-
    For tenant:
    https://management.-region-.-FQDN-
    Tenant Id: Optional. The value is given only when the directory must be specified.

This should help you quickly setup an Azure Stack Cloud Operator Workstation. What other tools do you need to manage and operator your Azure Stack? leave a comment.