Tag: Infrastructure

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.



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.



Learn about Windows Server Hybrid and Azure IaaS VMs

Learn Windows Server Hybrid and Azure IaaS VMs

A couple of weeks back I promoted a post about how you can learn about Windows Server on Azure and a post on ITOpsTalk for New Microsoft Learn Modules for Azure and Windows Server IT Pros. This week I got another message by colleague Orin Thomas (Cloud Advocate and Author of the Windows Server 2019 Book), that a lot more Microsoft Learn modules have been published, covering Windows Server Hybrid and Windows Server on Azure IaaS VMs (Infrastructure-as-a-Service).

Learn about Windows Server Hybrid and Windows Server Azure IaaS VMs 🎓

Here is a full list of Microsoft Learn modules to learn about Windows Server Hybrid and Windows Server Azure IaaS VMs (virtual machines). This includes many of the Azure Hybrid Cloud services you can use together with Azure, like Azure Arc, Azure File Sync, Azure Site Recovery, and many more. These Microsoft Learn modules also cover a lot of the Azure Management services to manage your Windows Server virtual machines running on Azure, like Azure Monitor, Azure Update Management, networking, and much more.

I hope you enjoy the new Microsoft Learn modules for Windows Server Hybrid and Windows Server on Azure IaaS. If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment below. If you are looking forward to take some exams, also check out my Microsoft exam study guides, for example for:

Happy Learning!



MCSE: Private Cloud

MCSE: Private Cloud

Yesterday I passed the Microsoft exam 70-246: Monitoring and Operating Private Cloud with System Center 2012. And I can now finally call myself a Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert for Private Cloud or MCSE: Private Cloud.

The new (reborn) Microsoft Certifications MCSA (Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate) and MCSE (Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert) were first shown at the Microsoft Management Summit this year.

At the moment there are the following certifications public

Private Cloud (System Center)

For the MCSE: Private Cloud you have to do the following

MCSE: Private Cloud

Windows Server

SQL Server

Now I am not the first one here in Switzerland who passed these exams, for example Marcel Zehner and Michel Lüscher did the exams at exams at MMS 2012 in Las Vegas and they got the results last week. Congrats guys ;)