Tag: multicloud

Windows Admin Center in the Azure Portal - Azure Arc enabled Windows Server and Azure VM

Manage Arc-enabled Windows Server with Windows Admin Center in the Azure Portal

With a new feature called Windows Admin Center in the Azure portal, you can now securely manage your Windows Server machines running as an Azure virtual machine (VM) or running on-premises with Azure Arc, directly from the Azure portal.

Azure provides a lot of different management tools to manage your virtual machines or physical servers at scale. In cases where you need to troubleshoot or directly manage a server interactively, you can now leverage Windows Admin Center in the Azure portal. This works for Azure VMs as well as for servers running on-premises or other cloud providers using Azure Arc-enabled servers.

Windows Admin Center is a browser-based management tool set that lets you manage your Windows Servers. Windows Admin Center gives you full control over all aspects of your server infrastructure and is particularly useful for managing servers on private networks that are not connected to the Internet. Windows Admin Center is the modern evolution of “in-box” management tools, like Server Manager and MMC. Now you can not only install and deploy it locally, but also use it directly from the Azure Portal.

When you want to manage a server running on-premises or at another cloud provider, the only thing you will need to do is install the connect the Azure Arc agent on your Windows Server. After that you can enable Windows Admin Center for this machine. There is no need for a VPN on direct connection to the server.

Enable Windows Admin Center in the Azure Portal for Azure Arc-enabled servers

Enabling Windows Admin Center in the Azure portal for Azure Arc enabled servers running Windows Server is simple. Navigate to the Azure Arc enabled server and click on Windows Admin Center in the menu. Here you can click on “Set up“, this will install the Windows Admin Center extension which can take a couple of minutes.

Enable Windows Admin Center in the Azure Portal for Azure Arc-enabled servers
Enable Windows Admin Center in the Azure Portal for Azure Arc-enabled servers

After this one time set up is done, you also need to provide permissions to the user or group which should be able to use Windows Admin Center for this Azure Arc-enabled server. Under Access control (IAM) can you add a new role assignment called Windows Admin Center Administrator Login, which allows users and groups to connect.

Set permissions
Set permissions

Now when you navigate back to Windows Admin Center, you can see the Connect button.

Azure Arc enabled Server connect Windows Admin Center
Azure Arc enabled Server connect Windows Admin Center

After clicking on connect, you will be prompted for a local account for that specific server. This can also be an Active Directory account.

Sign in to Windows Server
Sign in to Windows Server

Manage Azure Arc-enabled Windows Server using Windows Admin Center in the Azure portal

After the signing in Windows Admin Center will load in the Azure portal and you will be able to directly manage your server from Azure.

Windows Admin Center in the Azure Portal - Azure Arc enabled Windows Server and Azure VM
Windows Admin Center in the Azure Portal – Azure Arc enabled Windows Server and Azure VM

Conclusion

Windows Admin Center in the Azure portal for Azure Arc-enabled servers is a fantastic way to securely manage and troubleshoot your Windows Servers running on-premises or at other cloud providers without having direct network access to these servers. If you want to learn more check out the official Microsoft Docs and check out how to SSH access your Linux and Windows Servers running anywhere with Azure Arc!



Azure Hybrid Multicloud and Edge Day - Digital Event

Azure Hybrid Multicloud and Edge Day – Digital Event

Azure Hybrid Multicloud and Edge Day – Digital Event on Wednesday, June 15, 2022, 9:00 AM–10:30 AM Pacific Time (UTC-7). You can register here for free.

Innovate anywhere with Azure Arc

See how to innovate anywhere with Azure Arc and the most comprehensive portfolio of hybrid solutions available at Azure Hybrid, Multicloud, and Edge Day.

Register for this digital event to:

  • See Azure Arc in action with demos and technical deep dives.
  • Hear Microsoft engineers discuss how to build or modernize apps for hybrid and multicloud environments.
  • Learn from customers who share how they’re using Azure solutions to implement their hybrid and multicloud strategies.

You’ll also get answers to your questions about hybrid and multicloud solutions as well as Azure Arc during the live Q&A chat.



Azure Enablement Show Introduction to the hybrid and multicloud Scenario

Azure Enablement Show: Introduction to the hybrid and multicloud Scenario

Today I can announce a new episode of the Azure Enablement Show with an introduction to the hybrid and multicloud scenario and the landing zone accelerator for Azure Arc-enabled servers. In this video, I talked with Lior Kamrat about the new hybrid and multicloud scenario and how customers can take advantage of the Azure landing zone accelerator.

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Introduction to the hybrid and multicloud Scenario

As organizations adopt modern cloud services and as business requirements dictate, they may choose to run services in more than one public cloud service, known as hybrid and multicloud scenarios.

In this episode, Thomas and Lior discuss how Microsoft Azure features, such as landing zone accelerators, Azure Arc, and ArcBox can assist organizations configuring and deploying hybrid and multicloud environments.

0:00 Introduction
0:29 Why are hybrid and multicloud so important?
1:36 Whare are some of the solutions offered by Azure, such as Azure Arc?
3:14 What are scenarios?
4:44 What is included in the hybrid and multicloud scenario?
6:28 How does the landing zone accelerator fit into the conversation?
8:19 What is Azure ArcBox and how should customers use it?
10:38 Where can customers go to learn more?

Microsoft launches landing zone accelerator for Azure Arc-enabled servers

If you want to learn more Vijay Kumar (Director, Windows Server and Azure Product Marketing) wrote a blog post about the official launch of the landing zone accelerator for Azure Arc-enabled servers.

Today we’re launching the Azure Arc-enabled servers landing zone accelerator within the Azure Cloud Adoption Framework. The landing zone accelerator provides best practices, guidance, and automated reference implementations so that customers can get started with their deployments quickly and easily.

Azure Arc-enabled servers landing zone accelerator makes it easier for customers to increase security, governance, and compliance posture on servers that are deployed outside of Azure. Along with Azure Arc, services such as Microsoft Defender for Cloud, Azure Sentinel, Azure Monitor, Azure Log Analytics, Azure Policy, and many others are included in the reference implementations that can then be extended to production environments.

Microsoft launches landing zone accelerator for Azure Arc-enabled servers

Getting started

Hop over to the Hybrid and multicloud Cloud Adoption Framework page and explore the Azure Arc-enabled servers landing zone accelerator, the critical design areas, and sandbox automation.

Hybrid News:

You can also watch Liors and my livestream recording for the Hybrid and Multicloud news for Microsoft Ignite.

Resources

If you want to learn more, check out my other blog posts and feel free to ask you questions in the comments below.



Book Azure Arc-Enabled Kubernetes and Servers Extending Hyperscale Cloud Management to Your Datacenter

Book: Azure Arc-Enabled Kubernetes and Servers: Extending Hyperscale Cloud Management to Your Datacenter

I know many of you want to learn more about Azure Arc and how you can leverage the Azure management and control plane for your hybrid and multicloud environments. Microsoft MVPs and Azure experts Steve Buchanan and John Joyner have authored a book about Azure Arc which I would highly recommend. The Azure Arc-Enabled Kubernetes and Servers: Extending Hyperscale Cloud Management to Your Datacenter book is an introductory guide to using Microsoft’s Azure Arc service.

You can order the book from Amazon (affiliate link)

Welcome to this introductory guide to using Microsoft’s Azure Arc service, a new multi-cloud management platform that belongs in every cloud or DevOps estate. As many IT pros know, servers and Azure Kubernetes Service drive a huge amount of consumption in Azure―so why not extend familiar management tools proven in Azure to on-premises and other cloud networks? This practical guide will get you up to speed quickly, with instruction that treads light on the theory and heavy on the hands-on experience to make setting up Azure Arc servers and Kubernetes across multiple clouds a lot less complex. 

Azure experts and MVPs Buchanan and Joyner provide just the right amount of context so you can grasp important concepts, and get right to the business of using and gaining value from Azure Arc. If your organization has resources across hybrid cloud, multi-cloud, and edge environments, then this book is for you. You will learn how to configure and use Azure Arc to uniformly manage workloads across all of these environments.

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What You Will Learn

  • Introduces the basics of hybrid, multi-cloud, and edge computing and how Azure Arc fits into that IT strategy
  • Teaches the fundamentals of Azure Resource Manager, setting the reader up with the knowledge needed on the technology that underpins Azure Arc
  • Offers insights into Azure native management tooling for managing on-premises servers and extending to other clouds
  • Details an end-to-end hybrid server monitoring scenario leveraging Azure Monitor and/or Azure Sentinel that is seamlessly delivered by Azure Arc
  • Defines a blueprint to achieve regulatory compliance with industry standards using Azure Arc, delivering Azure Policy from Azure Defender for Servers
  • Explores how Git and GitHub integrate with Azure Arc; delves into how GitOps is used with Azure Arc
  • Empowers your DevOps teams to perform tasks that typically fall under IT operations
  • Dives into how to best use Azure CLI with Azure Arc

Who This Book Is For

DevOps, system administrators, security professionals, and IT workers responsible for servers both on-premises and in the cloud. Some experience in system administration, DevOps, containers, and use of Git/GitHub is helpful.

You can order the Azure Arc book from Amazon.com.



Microsoft Cloud Adoption Summit 2021

Speaking at Microsoft Cloud Adoption Summit 2022

I am happy to let you know that I will be speaking at the Microsoft Cloud Adoption Summit 2022 which is a great event happening on January 19th 2022 to learn more about the Azure Cloud Adoption Framework. My session will be covering Hybrid and Multicloud architectures in the Architecture track.

The journey to the cloud is well underway for most organizations. Cloud adoption has become such an integral part of digital transformation that for many of us it is no longer possible to separate one from the other. But as organizations across the world embrace the cloud, how can they get the most out of their existing setups, and what are the best next steps to take?

The Microsoft Cloud Adoption Summit looks to explore these and other questions. Divided into three specialist tracks – strategy, architecture and operations – participants can decide where to focus their attention over 2.5 hours of inspiring, expert-led discussion and insight.

The summit brings together cross-industry cloud adoption experts to discuss:

  • Strategy – Explore the business challenges, risks and opportunities of cloud adoption from both a Microsoft and external partner perspective.
  • Architecture – What does a hybrid cloud architectures look like? And what are the benefits of zero-trust security architecture in the cloud? Find out from our experts.
  • Operations – Discover how to build a successful cloud operation model and explore the benefits of upskilling employees for cloud adoption.

The event also explores Microsoft’s Cloud Adoption Framework – a set of guiding principles for organizations at every stage of their cloud adoption journeys.

Register today

Select and register to one of the 3 inspiring Specialist tracks below and start your cloud adoption journey now.

Microsoft Cloud Adoption Summit | Strategy Track – Strategy

Explore the business challenges, risks and opportunities of cloud adoption from both a Microsoft and external partner perspective.

Microsoft Cloud Adoption Summit | Architecture Track

Architecture – What does a hybrid cloud architectures look like? And what are the benefits of zero-trust security architecture in the cloud? Find out from our experts.

Microsoft Cloud Adoption Summit | Operations Track

Operations – Discover how to build a successful cloud operation model and explore the benefits of upskilling employees for cloud adoption.



Azure Arc Jumpstart Lightning Azure Arc-enabled servers metadata tags with Thomas Maurer

Azure Arc Jumpstart Lightning Azure Arc-enabled servers metadata tags with Thomas Maurer

I am happy to let you know that I was able to join as a guest on Lior Kamrat video series called Azure Arc Jumpstart Lightning. In this Azure Arc Jumpstart Lightning video, I am talking about multicloud server management and how you can store metadata information in Azure Tags from AWS and GCP virtual machine instances using Azure Arc-enabled servers.

You can check out the episode right here:

Azure Arc-enabled servers metadata tags with Thomas Maurer

If you want to check out more about these, check out the links below:



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.




PDCConf 2021

Speaking at PDCConf 2021

I am happy and honored to speak at this year’s PDC Conf 2021. PDC stands for PowerShell DevOps and Cloud and is the largest PowerShell Conference in Asia. I will be speaking about Hybrid Cloud and Mutlicloud management using Azure Arc, as well as some DevOps practices for hybrid and mutlicloud environments! You can find out more about the event here.

The event is held on September 16 and 17 with 60 sessions in four parallel tracks. My session will be on Friday 9/17 and you can find the full schedule here.

The biggest PowerShell Conference in Asia has adopted a new dimension and formats to bring expert sessions on DevOps and Cloud.

PowerShell, DevOps and Cloud Conference 2021 is a Free two-day online event to feature a comprehensive technical and industry experience covering the cutting edge topics around PowerShell, DevOps and Cloud.

PDCConf2021

I hope you join my session!



Cloud Summit 2021

Speaking at Cloud Summit 2021

I am happy to let you know that I will be speaking at this year’s Cloud Summit 2021! Cloud Summit 2021 is one of the largest virtual cloud conferences this year focusing on Microsoft Azure. with over 100k attendees from around the globe, 150 speakers, trainers, and experts presenting 120 sessions over 11 days live!

Cloud Summit 2021 is running from September 13 to 23 and my session will be on September 16 at 10:10 am US Eastern. I will be speaking about Hybrid and Multicloud management using Azure Arc! You can find more information on the agenda here.

Azure Hybrid – Learn about Hybrid Cloud Management with Azure

In this session, Cloud Advocate Thomas Maurer will give you an overview of the Microsoft Azure Hybrid Cloud offering. Learn how you can use the Azure Hybrid services and products like Azure Arc, Azure Update Management, the new Azure Stack portfolio, and many more to introduce hybrid cloud management to your environment.

You can watch the session live here: Cloud Summit 2021!

Cloud Summit 2021 featured speakers
Cloud Summit 2021 featured speakers

I will also embed the YouTube stream here as soon as it is available!