Tag: Hyper-V

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.



Windows Server Summit 2022 Speakers

Speaking at the Windows Server Summit 2022

I am happy to let you know that I will be speaking at the Windows Server Summit 2022 and show you how you can run the Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) Hybrid deployment options on Windows Server and Azure Stack HCI, as well as manage it through Azure Arc. But there is more to learn here, and we have some great speakers, such as Roanne Sones, Bernardo Caldas, and many more, showing you all the best about Windows Server.

Join us on: Tuesday, December 6, 2022 9:00 AM–10:30 AM Pacific Time and register right here.

Make sure you check out the latest about the Azure Hybrid Benefit for Windows Server customers.

Windows Server Summit 2022 Speakers
Windows Server Summit 2022 Speakers

Learn how to open up new opportunities for your org to innovate and operate more efficiently—while also improving security—at the Windows Server Summit. Join your peers and Microsoft experts for sessions and demos on the latest Windows Server 2022 and Azure capabilities.

You’ll gain practical skills and insights on how to:

  • Fortify your security with improved multilayer protection.
  • Easily manage and integrate your on-premises servers to Azure with Automanage and Windows Admin Center.
  • More efficiently secure and manage hybrid or multi-cloud environments.
  • Run apps seamlessly across on-premises datacenters and the cloud with Azure Arc.
  • Make the most of the management capabilities in System Center 2022.

And you’ll be able to ask the experts about your own use cases during the live Q&A.

I hope to see you live on the Windows Server Summit 2022!



PowerShell Unplugged 2022

PowerShell Unplugged 2022 Edition

April Edwards and I had the chance to host the PowerShell Unplugged 2022 Edition and the video is now available on YouTube! In the PowerShell Unplugged 2022 Edition we talked to the PowerShell product group at Microsoft to learn more about PowerShell 7, secret management, PowerShell Crescendo, Remoting, Predictive IntelliSense, VS Code, the roadmap, and the future of PowerShell!

PowerShell Unplugged 2022 Timestamps

The timestamps for the video:

  • 0:00 – Video Intro
  • 03:29 – Secret Management in PowerShell
  • 07:10 – Installing PowerShell 7
  • 09:20 – Installing the SecretManagement Module
  • 31:08 – PowerShell Crescendo
  • 1:03:47 – PowerShell Team Blog
  • 1:08:50 – Remoting with PowerShell
  • 1:36:05 – Shell of an Idea
  • 1:36:12 – Predictive IntelliSense with PowerShell
  • 1:52:05 – Using VSCode with PowerShell
  • 1:57:16 – PowerShell 7 Roadmap

Some useful links:

I hope you liked the PowerShell Unplugged 2022 Edition, let me know what you think!



TechMentor 2022 Redmond Microsoft HQ

Speaking at TechMentor 2022 Redmond

TechMentor returns to Microsoft Headquarters in Redmond, Washington in 2022 for more in-depth, behind the scenes IT Pro training by technical experts and Microsoft insiders. I am happy to announce that I will be one of the speakers at the TechMentor 2022 conference at the Microsoft HQ in Redmond. Since I am already on the Microsoft campus it is great to take some time to speak about some cool Azure Hybrid, Windows Server and Azure Management things. TechMentor 2022 is a 5-day conference from August 8-12, 2022 at the Microsoft Headquarters in Redmond.

About TechMentor

Technology continues to advance faster than ever. As an IT Professional, it is your responsibility to stay up-to-date on all the latest tools, topics, and trends. Let the experts at TechMentor help you on your tech odyssey to improve your tech skills and achieve your learning goals.

TechMentor 2022 Redmond Featured Speakers
TechMentor 2022 Redmond Featured Speakers

My sessions at TechMentor 2022

I will be delivering two sessions about Cloud Shell and Azure Hybrid with Azure Arc and Azure Stack, as well as being part of a panel discussion.

TW04 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

You will learn:

  • About hybrid and multicloud Management
  • About Azure Arc
  • How to use Azure management and deploy Azure services anywhere

TW15 Mastering Azure Using Cloud Shell, PowerShell and Bash!

Azure can be managed in many different ways. Learn your command line options like Azure PowerShell, Azure CLI, and Cloud Shell to be more efficient in managing your Azure infrastructure. Become a hero on the shell to manage the cloud!

You will learn:

  • About Cloud Shell, Azure CLI and Azure PowerShell
  • Some awesome management tricks
  • About how to manage your Azure systems using these tools!

TT09 Panel Discussion: The Future of Windows

Join our esteemed panelists as they discuss questions regarding the future of Windows. Will there be continued versions of LTSC editions available on-prem. Is Hybrid here to stay. Or should we just pack up our datacenters and move everything to the cloud. Find out great answers like this with our engaging moderators and panelists in this session.

Join us!

Want to experience IT training at the mothership? Join TechMentor this August as it heads to Microsoft Headquarters for a full week of training, featuring our NEW full-day Hands-On Labs. I hope to see you there!



New-AksHciCluster PowerShell comand

Set up a single-node AKS cluster on Windows Server on-premises

In this blog post we are going to have a look at how you can deploy a single-node Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) cluster on Windows Server running on-premises in your hybrid cloud environment and connect it with Azure Arc.

Many customers want to modernize their application landscape and are using managed Kubernetes services from cloud providers such as the Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) on Microsoft Azure. Many of these organizations also require running Kubernetes on-premises in their hybrid cloud and edge environment. With Microsofts offering you can deploy the Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) on-premises on Windows Server, Azure Stack HCI or Azure Stack Hub.

If you want to run AKS on-premises in product obviously you will need to deploy a Windows Server Hyper-V, Azure Stack HCI, or Azure Stack Hub cluster, however, if you just want to evaluate AKS or run it in a development environment, you can also run it on a single-node Windows Server with Hyper-V.

Prerequisites

If you want to run a single-node AKS on a Windows Server, there are a couple of prerequisites.

  • An Azure subscription to register the AKS cluster
  • 32 GB of memory or more depending on the workloads
  • Minimum of 500GB direct attached storage (Data drive)
  • Networking
    • One Network Adapter
    • Verify that you have disabled IPv6 on all network adapters.
    • Must have external internet connectivity.
    • Make sure all subnets you define for the cluster are routable amongst each other and to the internet.
    • Make sure that there’s network connectivity between the Windows Server host and the tenant VMs.
    • DNS name resolution is required for all nodes to be able to communicate with each other.
    • (Recommended) Enable dynamic DNS updates in your DNS environment to allow AKS on Azure Stack HCI and Windows Server to register the cloud agent generic cluster name in the DNS system for discovery. If dynamic DNS isn’t an option, use the steps prescribed in ‘Set-AksHciConfig’.

To learn more about the AKS on Azure Stack HCI or Windows Server prerequisites, check out Microsoft Docs.

Set up an Azure Kubernetes Service host Windows Server and deploy a workload cluster using PowerShell

Now before we get started, I want to mention that you can also set up the AKS on Windows Server cluster using Windows Admin Center, you can find more here on Microsoft Docs. However, I prefer the PowerShell way.

Set up Azure Kubernetes Service AKS on Windows Server
Set up Azure Kubernetes Service AKS on Windows Server

Windows Admin Center provides a super straight forward wizard to install AKS on Windows Server or Azure Stack HCI.

Set up Hyper-V

First set up Hyper-V on your Windows Server and create a virtual switch.

# Install the Hyper-V Role
Install-WindowsFeature  "Hyper-V" -IncludeAllSubFeature -IncludeManagementTools -Restart
# After the reboot create the virtual Switch
New-VMSwitch -Name VirtualSwitch -NetAdapterName Ethernet -AllowManagementOS $true
# Set Default Storage Path
Set-VMHost -VirtualHardDiskPath "E:\VMs" -VirtualMachinePath "E:\VMs"
# Disable IPv6 on all network adapters
Disable-NetAdapterBinding -Name "*" -ComponentID ms_tcpip6
Install Hyper-V
Install Hyper-V

Install the AksHci PowerShell module

If you have not installed the AksHci PowerShell module, run the following commands to install the modules. You must close all existing PowerShell windows and open a fresh administrative session to install the pre-requisite PowerShell packages and modules.

# Prepare PowerShell
Install-PackageProvider -Name NuGet -Force 
Install-Module -Name PowershellGet -Force -Confirm:$false -SkipPublisherCheck
# Install PowerShell modules
Install-Module -Name Az.Accounts -Repository PSGallery -RequiredVersion 2.2.4
Install-Module -Name Az.Resources -Repository PSGallery -RequiredVersion 3.2.0
Install-Module -Name AzureAD -Repository PSGallery -RequiredVersion 2.0.2.128
Install-Module -Name AksHci -Repository PSGallery
# Import PowerShell modules
Import-Module Az.Accounts
Import-Module Az.Resources
Import-Module AzureAD
Import-Module AksHci
# Validate your installation
Get-Command -Module AksHci
Install AksHci PowerShell modules
Install AksHci PowerShell modules

Register the resource provider to your Azure subscription and login to Azure

Before the registration process, you need to enable the appropriate resource provider in Azure for AKS on Azure Stack HCI and Windows Server registration. To do that, run the following PowerShell commands.

# Login
Connect-AzAccount -Tenant <tenantId> -DeviceCode
Set-AzContext -Subscription "xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx"
# Register Resource Providers
Register-AzResourceProvider -ProviderNamespace Microsoft.Kubernetes
Register-AzResourceProvider -ProviderNamespace Microsoft.KubernetesConfiguration

To validate the registration process, run the following PowerShell command:

# Verify
Get-AzResourceProvider -ProviderNamespace Microsoft.Kubernetes
Get-AzResourceProvider -ProviderNamespace Microsoft.KubernetesConfiguration

Prepare your machine for deployment

Run checks on every physical node to see if all the requirements are satisfied to install AKS on Azure Stack HCI and Windows Server. Open PowerShell as an administrator and run the following Initialize-AksHciNode command.

Initialize-AksHciNode
Initialize-AksHciNode
Initialize-AksHciNode

Create a virtual network using the virtual switch earlier. If you don’t remember the name, use the Get-VMSwitch command to find the virtual switch.

To create a virtual network for the nodes in your deployment to use, create an environment variable with the New-AksHciNetworkSetting PowerShell command. This will be used later to configure a deployment that uses static IP.

#Set up vNet with static IP
$vnet = New-AksHciNetworkSetting -name myvnet -vSwitchName "VirtualSwitch" -k8sNodeIpPoolStart "172.21.21.21" -k8sNodeIpPoolEnd "172.21.21.49" -vipPoolStart "172.21.21.51" -vipPoolEnd "172.21.21.120" -ipAddressPrefix "172.21.21.0/24" -gateway "172.21.21.1" -dnsServers "172.21.21.11"

To create the configuration settings for the AKS host, use the Set-AksHciConfig command. You must specify the imageDirworkingDir, and cloudConfigLocation parameters. If you want to reset your configuration details, run the command again with new parameters.

Set-AksHciConfig -imageDir E:\Images -workingDir E:\ImageStore -cloudConfigLocation E:\Config -vnet $vnet -cloudservicecidr "172.21.21.121/24"

Run the following Set-AksHciRegistration PowerShell command with your subscription and resource group name to log into Azure. You must have an Azure subscription, and an existing Azure resource group in the Australia East, East US, Southeast Asia, or West Europe Azure regions to proceed.

Set-AksHciRegistration -subscriptionId "<subscriptionId>" -resourceGroupName "<resourceGroupName>" -TenantId "<tenantId>" -UseDeviceAuthentication
Create AKS Configuration and Registration in Azure
Create AKS Configuration and Registration in Azure

After you’ve configured your deployment, you must start it to install the AKS on Azure Stack HCI and Windows Server agents/services and the AKS host. To begin deployment, run the following commands:

# More detail
$VerbosePreference = "Continue"
# Install AKS on Windows Server
Install-AksHci
Installation Azure Kubernetes Service AKS on Windows Server with PowerShell
Installation Azure Kubernetes Service AKS on Windows Server with PowerShell

This will also download the necessary images for the Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) cluster.

Downloading images
Downloading images

Manage your AKS on Windows Server deployment

You can now manage your AKS on Windows Server deployment using PowerShell or Windows Admin Center.

Azure Kubernetes Service Runtime on Windows Server​​ with Windows Admin Center
Azure Kubernetes Service Runtime on Windows Server​​ with Windows Admin Center

You can also see the deploy virtual machines for the AKS services and the future Kubernetes clusters you create in Hyper-V Manager

Hyper-V Manager
Hyper-V Manager

If you need to update your Azure Kubernetes Cluster (AKS) on Azure Stack HCI or Windows Server, you can simply open the host settings.

Update AKS on Azure Stack HCI and Windows Server
Update AKS on Azure Stack HCI and Windows Server

Create a Kubernetes Cluster

After installing your AKS host, you are ready to deploy a Kubernetes cluster. To create a new Kubernetes cluster on AKS on Windows Server, you can use PowerShell or Windows Admin Center.

PowerShell

Open PowerShell as an administrator and run the following New-AksHciCluster command. This command will create a new Kubernetes cluster with one Linux node pool named linuxnodepool with a node count of 2. To read more information about node pools, visit Use node pools in AKS on Azure Stack HCI and Windows Server.

New-AksHciCluster -name mycluster -nodePoolName linuxnodepool -nodeCount 2 -osType Linux
New-AksHciCluster PowerShell comand
New-AksHciCluster PowerShell comand

Windows Admin Center

Or use the web-based UI from Windows Admin Center following the wizard.

Create Kubernetes Cluster AKS on Windows Server using Windows Admin Center
Create Kubernetes Cluster AKS on Windows Server using Windows Admin Center

Connect your cluster to Azure Arc enabled Kubernetes

Connect your cluster to Arc enabled Kubernetes by running the Enable-AksHciArcConnection command. The command below connects your AKS on Windows Server cluster to Azure Arc.

Connect-AzAccount -Tenant <tenantId> -DeviceCode
Enable-AksHciArcConnection -name mycluster

Now you can view and manage your AKS on Windows Server running on-premises directly from the Azure portal using Azure Arc. This allows you to enable monitoring, use Microsoft Defender for Kubernetes, Azure Policy, configure GitOps, leverage role-based access control (RBAC), and much more.

Manage your AKS on Windows Server cluster from the Azure Portal using Azure Arc
Manage your AKS on Windows Server cluster from the Azure Portal using Azure Arc

Manage your Hybrid AKS Kubernetes Cluster on Windows Server

Access your cluster using kubectl

To access your Kubernetes clusters using kubectl, run the Get-AksHciCredential PowerShell command. This will use the specified cluster’s kubeconfig file as the default kubeconfig file for kubectl. You can also use kubectl to deploy applications using Helm.

If you haven’t installed kubectl on your Windows machine, you can simply do that using the following commands:

mkdir C:\kube
Start-BitsTransfer -Source "https://dl.k8s.io/release/v1.24.0/bin/windows/amd64/kubectl.exe" -Destination "C:\kube"
$Env:PATH += ";C:\kube"
Get-AksHciCredential -name mycluster
Access your AKS on Windows Server Kubernetes cluster using kubectl
Access your AKS on Windows Server Kubernetes cluster using kubectl

Monitoring with Azure Monitor using Azure Arc

Once your AKS cluster running on-premises is connected to Azure Arc you can enable Azure Monitor for containers. This is straight forwarded, just click on Insights, and enable Azure Monitor.

Enable Monitoring for Azure Arc enabled Kubernetes cluster
Enable Monitoring for Azure Arc enabled Kubernetes cluster

After enabling monitoring, you can review information about the AKS cluster on Windows Server directly in Azure Monitor, and you can also set up alerting.

Azure Monitor AKS on Windows Server and Azure Stack HCI using Azure Arc
Azure Monitor AKS on Windows Server and Azure Stack HCI using Azure Arc
Monitoring Containers
Monitoring Containers

By enabling Azure Monitor you can also access the logs.

Get Kubernetes Logs using Azure Arc and Log Analytics
Get Kubernetes Logs using Azure Arc and Log Analytics

Scale a Kubernetes Cluster

If you need to scale your cluster up or down, you can change the number of control plane nodes using the Set-AksHciCluster command, and you can change the number of Linux or Windows worker nodes in your node pool using the Set-AksHciNodePool command.

To scale control plane nodes, run the following command.

Set-AksHciCluster -name mycluster -controlPlaneNodeCount 3

To scale the AKS worker nodes in your node pool, run the following command.

Set-AksHciNodePool -clusterName mycluster -name linuxnodepool -count 3

You can also use vertical node scaling in AKS on Windows Server & Azure Stack HCI to change the size of the virtual machines in each node pool to increase the resources available to your node pool.

# Show available VM sizes
Get-AksHciVmSize
# Set new VM size for the nodepool
Set-AksHciNodePool -ClusterName mycluster -name mycluster-linux -vmsize Standard_A4_v2

Security and GitOps for your Kubernetes cluster using Azure Arc

By connecting your Kubernetes cluster to Azure using Azure Arc, you can enable Microsoft Defender for Containers and Azure Policy to make sure your cluster is secure and compliant.

GitOps on Azure Arc-enabled Kubernetes or Azure Kubernetes Service uses Flux, a popular open-source tool set. Flux provides support for common file sources (Git and Helm repositories, Buckets) and template types (YAML, Helm, and Kustomize). Flux also supports multi-tenancy and deployment dependency management, among other features.

Run Azure services on-premises using Azure Arc

By deploying the Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) on-premises and Azure Arc enabling it, you can also start running Azure services such as Azure Arc-enabled data services with SQL MI or Azure Arc-enabled application services on top of your Kubernetes cluster.

End to End Azure Hybrid withAzure Stack HCI AKS and Azure Arc
End to End Azure Hybrid with Azure Stack HCI AKS and Azure Arc

Conclusion

Setting up the Azure Kubernetes Service on Windows Server or Azure Stack HCI is super straightforward. You can easily set it up using the wizard in Windows Admin Center or PowerShell. And with the additional management capabilities with PowerShell, CLI, Windows Admin Center, Azure Arc, administration, and deployment of apps is super easy.



Microsoft Azure Edge Platform Customer and Partner Engineering - Azure Hybrid

Joining Azure CPE in Edge + Platform (Hybrid)

Today, I am excited to announce that I am joining the Microsoft Azure Customer + Partner Engineering (CPE) team in Cloud + AI as a Senior Program Manager and Chief Evangelist Azure Hybrid working on Azure Hybrid (Azure.com/Hybrid).

Azure CPE in Edge + Platform (Hybrid)

The Azure CPE team drives adoption of the Azure edge + platform (hybrid) and provides an engineering-focused effort designed to improving the customer experience while improving service quality and credibility through customer success engagements, a rich partner engineering ecosystem, and enabling the technical field. I will be engaging with the community and customers around the world to share my knowledge and collect feedback to improve the Azure hybrid cloud and edge platform.

This means I will continue my work in helping customers with their hybrid and multi-cloud environments using Azure Arc, the Azure Stack portfolio, and many of our other hybrid cloud solutions.

Thank you

With that I want to give a big thank you to the Cloud Advocacy team, especially Rick Claus and the Modern Hybrid Infra team. In the past three years I had the chance to work with great minds, work on challenging projects, learn a lot, and have a lot of fun! I will definitely miss the team, but since I am not going far away, I am sure we will be collaborating a lot in the future.

Microsoft AzOps Team - Cloud Advocates - Modern Hybrid Infra
Microsoft AzOps Team – Cloud Advocates – Modern Hybrid Infra

I also want to thank the Azure CPE team and especially Duane Bourgeois for giving me the opportunity to join Azure Edge + Platform.

What’s next?

Azure CPE is a global team, with team members located in Redmond (USA), and many of us working remotely worldwide. I am looking forward to connecting with my team and plan the next steps.

I am excited to start on April 1st, 2022, and I am sure I will have a lot more to share and write in the future. Stay tuned and Azure on.



AZ-801 Exam Study Guide Configuring Windows Server Hybrid Advanced Services

AZ-801 Exam Study Guide Configuring Windows Server Hybrid Advanced Services

Microsoft just released two new exams for Windows Server Hybrid Administrators. With the exams AZ-800 Administering Windows Server Hybrid Core Infrastructure and AZ-801 Configuring Windows Server Hybrid Advanced Services you can gain the Microsoft Certified: Windows Server Hybrid Administrator Associate certification. In this blog post I want to share my AZ-801 Configuring Windows Server Hybrid Advanced Services Certification Exam Study Guide with you. To learn and prepare for the exam, I usually use a couple of online resources, mainly Microsoft Docs and Microsoft Learn, which I am going to share with you. You can find more information about how I prepare for a Microsoft Certification exam on my blog post: How to prepare and pass Microsoft Certification Exam.

AZ-800 and AZ-801 Exams Microsoft Certified Windows Server Hybrid Administrator Associate Certification Study Guide
AZ-800 and AZ-801 Exams Microsoft Certified Windows Server Hybrid Administrator Associate Certification Study Guide

Also, check out other Microsoft Azure Certification Exam Study Guides:

Here is my AZ-801 Configuring Windows Server Hybrid Advanced Services Certification Exam Study Guide

It is essential to get familiar with the exam objectives and skills measured first. That is why I recommend reading the description of the exam and the skills measured.

Exam AZ-801: Configuring Windows Server Hybrid Advanced Services
Candidates for this exam configure advanced Windows Server services using on-premises, hybrid, and cloud technologies. These professionals should have expertise in implementing and managing on-premises and hybrid solutions, including performing tasks related to security, migration, monitoring, high availability, troubleshooting, and disaster recovery. They use administrative tools and technologies, such as Windows Admin Center, PowerShell, Azure Arc, Azure Automation Update Management, Microsoft Defender for Identity, Azure Security Center, Azure Migrate, and Azure Monitor.
A candidate for this exam should have extensive experience working with Windows Server operating systems.

Microsoft Docs

The high-level view of the skills measured in the exam:

  • Secure Windows Server on-premises and hybrid infrastructures (25-30%)
  • Implement and manage Windows Server high availability (10-15%)
  • Implement disaster recovery (10-15%)
  • Migrate servers and workloads (20-25%)
  • Monitor and troubleshoot Windows Server environments (20-25%)

Microsoft Certified: Windows Server Hybrid Administrator Associate certification

By passing the AZ-800 and AZ-801 exam, you will gain the Microsoft Certified: Windows Server Hybrid Administrator Associate certification.

Microsoft Certified: Windows Server Hybrid Administrator Associate Certification
Responsibilities for this role include integrating Windows Server environments with Azure services and managing Windows Server in on-premises networks. This role manages and maintains Windows Server IaaS workloads in Azure, in addition to migrating and deploying workloads to Azure.
Candidates for this certification administer core and advanced Windows Server workloads and services using on-premises, hybrid, and cloud technologies. These professionals should have expertise in implementing and managing on-premises and hybrid solutions, such as identity, management, compute, networking, and storage. They are also experts at performing tasks related to security, migration, monitoring, high availability, troubleshooting, and disaster recovery. These professionals use administrative tools and technologies, including Windows Admin Center, PowerShell, Azure Arc, and IaaS virtual machine administration. They also work with Azure Automation Update Management, Microsoft Defender for Identity, Azure Security Center, Azure Migrate, and Azure Monitor.
A candidate for this certification should have extensive experience working with Windows Server operating systems.

Microsoft Docs

You can learn more on the certification website.

Free Online Microsoft Learn AZ-801 Exam Study Guide resources

Microsoft Learn provides you with free online training and learning paths for different Microsoft technologies. They not just offer reading material, but also control questions and free online labs. Here are some relevant Microsoft Learn modules and learning paths for the AZ-801 Configuring Windows Server Hybrid Advanced Services Certification Exam. Microsoft Learn is an important part of my AZ-801 exam study guide.

Microsoft Docs AZ-801 Study Guide resources

One thing I always used to prepare for my Microsoft exams is Microsoft Docs. Here are the relevant Microsoft Docs which I used to prepare and study for the AZ-801 exam. If you want to get some hands-on experience, I also recommend checking out my Windows Server and Azure Arc Lab Kit.

Secure Windows Server On-premises and Hybrid Infrastructures (25-30%)

Secure Windows Server operating system

Secure a hybrid Active Directory (AD) infrastructure

Identify and remediate Windows Server security issues by using Azure services

Secure Windows Server networking

Secure Windows Server storage

Implement and Manage Windows Server High Availability (10-15%)

Implement a Windows Server failover cluster

Manage failover clustering

Implement and manage Storage Spaces Direct

Implement Disaster Recovery (10-15%)

Manage backup and recovery for Windows Server

Implement disaster recovery by using Azure Site Recovery

Protect virtual machines by using Hyper-V replicas

Migrate Servers and Workloads (20-25%)

Migrate on-premises storage to on-premises servers or Azure

Migrate on-premises servers to Azure

Migrate workloads from previous versions to Windows Server 2022

Migrate IIS workloads to Azure

Migrate an AD DS infrastructure to Windows Server 2022 AD DS

Monitor and Troubleshoot Windows Server Environments (20-25%)

Monitor Windows Server by using Windows Server tools and Azure services

Troubleshoot Windows Server on-premises and hybrid networking

Troubleshoot Windows Server virtual machines in Azure

Troubleshoot Active Directory

Tips and Resources

I hope this AZ-801 Configuring Windows Server Hybrid Advanced Services for the Microsoft Certified: Windows Server Hybrid Administrator Associate Certification Exam Study Guide helps you pass the exam and get the Windows Server Hybrid Administrator certification. I also recommend that you open a free Azure account if you don’t have one yet. You can create your free Azure account here. Also, check out my blog posts about Microsoft Azure Certification:

I hope you enjoyed my AZ-801 Study Guide, and it helps you with exam prep. Did I miss any link, or do you have any recommended AZ-801 Windows Server Hybrid Administrator Certification Exam Study resources? Let me know in the comments.



AZ-800 Exam Study Guide Administering Windows Server Hybrid Core Infrastructure Windows Server Hybrid Administrator

AZ-800 Exam Study Guide Administering Windows Server Hybrid Core Infrastructure

Microsoft just released two new exams for Windows Server Hybrid Administrators. With the exams AZ-800 Administering Windows Server Hybrid Core Infrastructure and AZ-801 Configuring Windows Server Hybrid Advanced Services you can gain the Microsoft Certified: Windows Server Hybrid Administrator Associate certification. In this blog post I want to share my AZ-800 Administering Windows Server Hybrid Core Infrastructure Certification Exam Study Guide with you. To learn and prepare for the exam, I usually use a couple of online resources, mainly Microsoft Docs and Microsoft Learn, which I am going to share with you. You can find more information about how I prepare for a Microsoft Certification exam on my blog post: How to prepare and pass Microsoft Certification Exam.

AZ-800 and AZ-801 Exams Microsoft Certified Windows Server Hybrid Administrator Associate Certification Study Guide
AZ-800 and AZ-801 Exams Microsoft Certified Windows Server Hybrid Administrator Associate Certification Study Guide

Also, check out other Microsoft Azure Certification Exam Study Guides:

My AZ-800 Administering Windows Server Hybrid Core Infrastructure Certification Exam Study Guide

It is essential to get familiar with the exam objectives and skills measured first. That is why I recommend reading the description of the exam and the skills measured.

Exam AZ-800: Administering Windows Server Hybrid Core Infrastructure
Candidates for this exam administer core Windows Server workloads using on-premises, hybrid, and cloud technologies. These professionals should have expertise in implementing and managing on-premises and hybrid solutions, such as identity, management, compute, networking, and storage. They use administrative tools and technologies, such as Windows Admin Center, PowerShell, Azure Arc, and IaaS virtual machine administration.
A candidate for this exam should have extensive experience working with Windows Server operating systems.

Microsoft Docs

The high-level view of the skills measured in the exam:

  • Deploy and manage Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) in on-premises and cloud environments (30-35%)
  • Manage Windows Servers and workloads in a hybrid environment (10-15%)
  • Manage virtual machines and containers (15-20%)
  • Implement and manage an on-premises and hybrid networking infrastructure (15-20%)
  • Manage storage and file services (15-20%)

Microsoft Certified: Windows Server Hybrid Administrator Associate certification

By passing the AZ-800 and AZ-801 exam, you will gain the Microsoft Certified: Windows Server Hybrid Administrator Associate certification.

Microsoft Certified: Windows Server Hybrid Administrator Associate Certification
Responsibilities for this role include integrating Windows Server environments with Azure services and managing Windows Server in on-premises networks. This role manages and maintains Windows Server IaaS workloads in Azure, in addition to migrating and deploying workloads to Azure.
Candidates for this certification administer core and advanced Windows Server workloads and services using on-premises, hybrid, and cloud technologies. These professionals should have expertise in implementing and managing on-premises and hybrid solutions, such as identity, management, compute, networking, and storage. They are also experts at performing tasks related to security, migration, monitoring, high availability, troubleshooting, and disaster recovery. These professionals use administrative tools and technologies, including Windows Admin Center, PowerShell, Azure Arc, and IaaS virtual machine administration. They also work with Azure Automation Update Management, Microsoft Defender for Identity, Azure Security Center, Azure Migrate, and Azure Monitor.
A candidate for this certification should have extensive experience working with Windows Server operating systems.

Microsoft Docs

You can learn more on the certification website.

Free Online Microsoft Learn AZ-800 Exam Study Guide resources

Microsoft Learn provides you with free online training and learning paths for different Microsoft technologies. They not just offer reading material, but also control questions and free online labs. Here are some relevant Microsoft Learn modules and learning paths for the AZ-800 Administering Windows Server Hybrid Core Infrastructure Certification Exam. Microsoft Learn is an important part of my AZ-800 exam study guide.

Microsoft Docs AZ-800 Study Guide resources

One thing I always used to prepare for my Microsoft exams is Microsoft Docs. Here are the relevant Microsoft Docs which I used to prepare and study for the AZ-800 exam. If you want to get some hands-on experience, I also recommend checking out my Windows Server and Azure Arc Lab Kit.

Deploy and manage Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) in on-premises and cloud environments (30–35%)

Manage Windows Servers and workloads in a hybrid environment (10–15%)

Manage virtual machines and containers (15–20%)

Implement and manage an on-premises and hybrid networking infrastructure (15–20%)

Manage storage and file services (15–20%)

Tips and Resources

I hope this AZ-800 Administering Windows Server Hybrid Core Infrastructure for the Microsoft Certified: Windows Server Hybrid Administrator Associate Certification Exam Study Guide helps you pass the exam and get the Windows Server Hybrid Administrator certification. I also recommend that you open a free Azure account if you don’t have one yet. You can create your free Azure account here. Also, check out my blog posts about Microsoft Azure Certification:

I hope you enjoyed my AZ-800 Study Guide, and it helps you with exam prep. Did I miss any link, or do you have any recommended AZ-800 Windows Server Hybrid Administrator Certification Exam Study resources? Let me know in the comments.



Veeam Vanguard 2022

Honored as a Veeam Vanguard 2022

I feel honored, I just was informed that my 2022 Veeam Vanguard Renewal has been approved, and I got awarded my sixth Veeam Vanguard award. After being a Veeam Vanguard in 201520162019, 2020, 2021 I am proud to be part of the Veeam Vanguard community in 2022 again.

The Veeam Vanguard Program is Veeam’s top-level influencer community. This group shares points of view, provides feedback, and is committed to mutual success. Experts in the Vanguard program are a combination of many different disciplines, contribution types and advocacy mechanisms yet are each the best in space regarding technical thought leadership for the technical communities in which Veeam exists.

These individuals have been nominated as Veeam Vanguards. A Veeam Vanguard represents our brand to the highest level in many of the different technology communities in which we engage. These individuals are chosen for their acumen, engagement, and style in their activities on and offline.

Veeam Vanguard

I am looking forward to being part of this community in this virtualization and cloud journey. I also want to thank Veeam, especially the Veeam Vanguard team, it is an honor to be part of the Veeam Vanguard community again.



Azure webinar series Windows Server Management Security and Monitoring

Webinar: Windows Server Management, Security and Monitoring

I am happy to let you know that we are planning a Microsoft free online webinar for Windows Server Management, Security and Monitoring on Tuesday, March 1, 2022 10:00 AM–11:00 AM Pacific Time.

Customers are choosing a hybrid and multi-cloud approach to digitally transform their businesses. If you have on-premises Windows Server workloads, you can now take advantage of cloud services with Windows Server 2022 by connecting with Azure Arc.

Join this webinar and learn how:

  • Hybrid services and Azure Arc can extend your datacenter for IT efficiency.
  • You can connect your on-premises servers to Azure through Windows Admin Center or the Azure Portal.
  • To secure your on-premises estate with Microsoft Defender for servers.
  • Azure Arc can help meet the governance, compliance, and organizational standards through policies for apps, infrastructure, and data.

Feel free to register for this webinar around Windows Server Management here, and see you there!