Tag: Windows Server 2022

Windows Server 2022 Management

Windows Server 2022 Hybrid Management with Azure Arc, Automanage, Windows Admin Center, and more!

A lot of people are deploying WIndows Server on-premises, in Azure, and at the edge. I often get asked how you can implement modern Windows Server 2022 Management in a Hybrid Cloud environment. So, in this video you can learn how you can manage your Windows Server 2022 with Microsoft Azure using tools such as Azure Arc, Windows Admin Center, and Azure Automanage! This is a session recording from the Windows Server Summit 2021!

Check out the video recording to learn more about Windows Server 2022 Hybrid Management with Azure Arc, Automanage, Windows Admin Center, and more! ☁️

YouTube: Windows Server 2022 Hybrid Management with Azure Arc, Automanage, Windows Admin Center, and more! ☁️

📺 Agenda

  • 0:00 Intro
  • 1:30 Windows Server 2022
  • 3:30 Hybrid Cloud Capabilities
  • 5:18 Windows Admin Center
  • 8:33 Azure Arc
  • 30:05 Azure Automanage
  • 34:18 Recap and Get started

Windows Admin Center

Windows Admin Center is a locally deployed, browser-based app for managing Windows servers, clusters, hyper-converged infrastructure, as well as Windows 10 PCs. It is a free product and is ready to use in production.

Link: Windows Admin Center

You can now use Windows Admin Center (preview) in the Azure portal to manage the Windows Server operating system inside an Azure VM. Manage operating system functions from the Azure portal as well as work with files in the VM without using Remote Desktop or PowerShell.

Link: Use Windows Admin Center in the Azure portal to manage a Windows Server VM

Azure Arc enabled Server

zure Arc-enabled servers enables you to manage your Windows and Linux physical servers and virtual machines hosted outside of Azure, on your corporate network, or other cloud provider. This management experience is designed to be consistent with how you manage native Azure virtual machines. When a hybrid machine is connected to Azure, it becomes a connected machine and is treated as a resource in Azure. Each connected machine has a Resource ID enabling the machine to be included in a resource group. Now you can benefit from standard Azure constructs, such as Azure Policy and applying tags. Service providers managing a customer’s on-premises infrastructure can manage their hybrid machines, just like they do today with native Azure resources, across multiple customer environments using Azure Lighthouse.

Link: What is Azure Arc-enabled servers?

Azure Automanage

Azure Automanage machine best practices is a service that eliminates the need to discover, know how to onboard, and how to configure certain services in Azure that would benefit your virtual machine. These services are considered to be Azure best practices services, and help enhance reliability, security, and management for virtual machines. Example services include Azure Update Management and Azure Backup.

Link: Azure Automanage for machine best practices

These Azure services are automatically onboarded for you when you use Automanage Machine Best Practices on an Azure Arc-enabled server VM. They are essential to our best practices white paper, which you can find in our Cloud Adoption Framework.

For all of these services, we will auto-onboard, auto-configure, monitor for drift, and remediate if drift is detected. To learn more, go to Azure Automanage for virtual machines.

Link: Azure Automanage for Machines Best Practices – Azure Arc-enabled servers

📄 Links

Conclusion Windows Server 2022 Hybrid Management

I hope this video was helpful to learn more about Windows Server 2022 Hybrid Cloud Management using Azure Arc, Automanage, Windows Admin Center, and more! If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment.



Windows Server and Azure Arc Intel NUC Lab Kit

My Windows Server and Azure Arc Hybrid Cloud Lab Kit

Since I am working a lot with Azure Arc and Windows Server with Hybrid Cloud integration, I need a lab and demo environment for my presentations, workshops and to try new features. When Windows Server 2019 was released, I bought an Intel NUC for the first time. Now I bought another Intel NUC so I can build my Windows Server 2022 and Azure Arc lab environment. In this post I am going to share my Windows Server and Azure Arc Hybrid Cloud Lab Kit running on an Intel NUC.

The Hardware – Windows Server and Azure Arc Intel NUC Lab Kit

My lab kit is built by using an Intel NUC, NUC stands for Next Unit of Computing and is a line of small-form-factor barebone computer kits designed by Intel. The advantage of this little machine is the small formfactor, low power consumption and almost no fan noise. However, the disadvantage is that it is design to run client operating systems such as Windows 10 or Windows 11 and doesn’t officially come with drivers for Windows Server, which is painful when it comes to the network adapter drivers. There are some workarounds to make it work anyway.

I went for the Intel NUCPAHIi5 which is a NUC with a 11-gen Intel i5 processor (Intel NUCPAHIi5) which is more than enough for my lab environment. Another advantage of having this machine is that it allows me to add up to 64GB of RAM and a fast M.2 SSD, and it comes with a TPM (Trusted Platform Module) 2.0.

The Software and the Cloud – Windows Server and Azure Arc Lab Kit

On top of the Intel NUC, I am running Windows Server 2022 which allows me to run Hyper-V virtualization to create different virtual machines for Windows and Linux as well as Kubernetes clusters, which can all be managed through Azure Arc. I also use Windows Admin Center to manage my Windows Server machines locally. To install Windows Server 2022 on that machine, I recommend that you check out my blog post on how to create an USB thumb drive to install Windows Server 2022. You can download Windows Server 2022 Evaluation version from the Microsoft Evaluation Center.

Windows Server 2022 Intel NUC Lab Kit
Windows Server 2022 Intel NUC Lab Kit

By connecting lab environment to Azure using Azure Arc, I can now use it to manage servers, Kubernetes clusters and deploy Azure Arc enabled services on top of it.

Hybrid Cloud Management with Azure Arc enabled Servers and Kubernetes Lab Kit
Hybrid Cloud Management with Azure Arc enabled Servers and Kubernetes Lab Kit

Here are some of the Azure Arc features you can use on your hybrid cloud lab kit:

  • Azure Arc enabled Server
  • Azure Arc enabled SQL Server
  • Azure Arc enabled Kubernetes
  • Azure Arc enabled Data Services (such as Azure SQL and PostgreSQL)
  • Azure Arc enabled Application Services (such as Web Apps, Functions, Logic Apps, and more)
  • and more

To learn more about Azure Arc, check out the Azure Arc website and the Microsoft Docs.

The Setup

You can learn more about the setup and capabilities of my Windows Server and Azure Arc hybrid cloud lab kit built with an Intel NUC on my Twitter feed. Check out my tweets here.

Also, here a quick summary of additional useful links:

Conclusion

The Intel NUC is a great platform to build a Windows Server and Hyper-V home lab. Together with Azure Arc you can used it as a great hybrid cloud lab environment. And just for you information, this is just my personal lab, and not an official Microsoft lab kit.

If you don’t want to run your own hardware or want to make it easy to build some of the Azure Arc scenarios, check out the Azure Arc Jumpstart project. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave a comment below.



Windows Server 2022 Azure Edition

Windows Server 2022 Azure Edition Available on Azure

Windows Server 2022 Datacenter Azure Edition is now generally available on Microsoft Azure! Windows Server Azure Edition is a special version of Windows Server built to help you use the benefits of the cloud in combination with Azure Automanage for Windows Server. Azure Automanage for Windows Server allows you to use new capabilities specifically to Windows Server Azure Edition. These capabilities include:

  • Hotpatch (preview) – Hotpatching is a new way to install updates on supported Windows Server Azure Edition virtual machines (VMs) that doesn’t require a reboot after installation. Learn more here and on my blog.
  • SMB over QUIC – SMB over QUIC introduces an alternative to the TCP network transport, providing secure, reliable connectivity to edge file servers over untrusted networks like the internet. You can learn more here.
  • Extended network for Azure – Extended network for Azure enables you to stretch an on-premises subnet into Azure to let on-premises virtual machines keep their original on-premises private IP addresses when migrating to Azure. Learn more here.

Windows Server Azure Edition machines will be updated annually with new features and Automanage for Windows Server will be updated continuously to make operating those features easy and reliable.

The Azure Edition of Windows Server can only be used as a Microsoft Azure IaaS virtual machine (VM) or as a virtual machine running on Azure Stack HCI. You will be able to use Azure Automanage with Azure Arc enabled servers running on-premises or other cloud providers, however, you won’t be able to take advantage of the Azure Editions features outside of Azure or Azure Stack HCI.

Learn more

If you want to learn more check out the following resources:

I hope this post provides you with a short overview of Windows Server 2022 Azure Edition and Azure Automanage. If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment below.



Windows Server Hybrid Administrator Associate certification

Windows Server Hybrid Administrator Associate certification

At today’s Windows Server Summit 2021, Microsoft just announced two new Windows Server exams, and by passing these exams you will earn the Windows Server Hybrid Administrator Associate certification. The two exams are AZ-800 Administering Windows Server Hybrid Core Infrastructure and AZ-801 Configuring Windows Server Hybrid Advanced Services. This will be a great certification for Windows Server administrators working in a hybrid environment, on-premises, and in Microsoft Azure. Especially when focusing on Windows Server 2022.

The AZ-800 and AZ-801 exams will go into beta towards the end of 2021 and will likely be generally available early in 2022. 

Microsoft Certified: Windows Server Hybrid Administrator Associate

Candidates for the Windows Server Hybrid Administrator Associate certification should have subject matter expertise in configuring and managing Windows Server on-premises, hybrid, and infrastructure as a service (IaaS) platform workloads.

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.

This role typically collaborates with Azure administrators, enterprise architects, Microsoft 365 administrators, and network engineers.

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 find more information about the Microsoft Certified: Windows Server Hybrid Administrator Associate certification here.

Windows Server Hybrid Administrator Associate certification
Windows Server Hybrid Administrator Associate certification

Exam AZ-800: Administering Windows Server Hybrid Core Infrastructure (beta)

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.

You can read more here on Microsoft Docs.

Exam AZ-801: Configuring Windows Server Hybrid Advanced Services (beta)

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.

You can read more here on Microsoft Docs.

I will soon release my Exam Study Guides, until then check the videos by Orin Thomas and Jeff Woolsey providing a great overview of the exams.

And also make sure to read Orin Thomas blog post on ITOpsTalk.com which provides you more background about the Windows Server Hybrid Administrator Associate certification



Hyper-V Nested virtualization for AMD processors Windows 11 and Windows Server 2022

Hyper-V Nested virtualization for AMD processors

Windows Server 2022 just became generally available last week with a ton of great improvements in security, hybrid cloud management, and application platform. Another new feature supported with Windows Server 2022 is Hyper-V Nested virtualization for AMD processors. Nested Virtualization isn’t something new, in fact, it was introduced with Windows Server 2016 and the Windows 10 Anniversary update but only supported with Intel CPUs. With Windows Server 2022 and upcoming Windows 11, people can use Hyper-V Nested Virtualization with AMD CPUs.

Back in June 2020, Chris Huybregts shared more about AMD Nested Virtualization support.

What is Hyper-V Nested Virtualization

Nested virtualization is a feature that allows you to run Hyper-V inside of a Hyper-V virtual machine (VM). This is helpful for running the Android Emulator in a virtual machine, provide Azure users flexibility in how they want to set up their environments, run Hyper-V Containers inside a virtual machine, or testing configurations that ordinarily require several hosts.

Hyper-V Nested Virtualization Diagram (Source Microsoft Docs)

This means Hyper-V Nested Virtualization now works with Intel and AMD processors to enable the following scenarios:

  • Run Hyper-V in a Hyper-V for testing configurations and different applications scenarios. This is perfect for IT Pros and developers if they need a lab environment.
  • Provides Azure users flexebility on how they set up their environment.
  • Developers and IT Pros can run Hyper-V Containers inside a virtual machine
  • and more

How to set up Hyper-V Nested Virtualization

To set up a Hyper-V host nested inside a Hyper-V virtual machine you can just simply follow these steps:

Set-VMProcessor Hyper-V VM
Set-VMProcessor Hyper-V VM
  1. Create a virtual machine on Hyper-V with the reuqired operating system and VM version for the Hyper-V host and the virtual machine.
  2. After the VM is installed turn off the VM.
  3. Run the following command on the base Hyper-V host to enable nested virtualization for the VM.
    Set-VMProcessor -VMName -ExposeVirtualizationExtensions $true
  4. Start the virtual machine and install the Hyper-V role inside the Hyper-V VM.

Now you can run a Hyper-V VM inside a Hyper-V VM.

Hyper-V Nested virtualization for AMD processors Windows 11 and Windows Server 2022
Hyper-V Nested virtualization for AMD processors Windows 11 and Windows Server 2022

If you don’t run the command, you will get the following error when you try to install Hyper-V.

Hyper-V cannot be installed The processor does not have required virtualization capabilities
Hyper-V cannot be installed The processor does not have the required virtualization capabilities

You can find the full documentation here on Microsoft Docs or also follow my guide on how to set up Nested Virtualization in Microsoft Azure.

Conclusion

I hope this blog post was helpful and if you have any questions feel free to leave a comment below.



Windows Server 2022

Windows Server 2022 is generally available

Today Microsoft just announced the general availability of Windows Server 2022. Windows Server 2022 adds a lot of improvements to the Windows Server platform when it comes to security, hybrid cloud capabilities with Azure, and as an application platform. You can download and try Windows Server 2022 today!

Today, we are announcing the general availability of Windows Server 2022. It’s a big step forward for the operating system that is trusted by major corporations and small businesses alike to run their business and mission-critical workloads. 

With Windows Server 2022, customers can continue to securely run their workloads, enable new hybrid cloud scenarios, and modernize their applications to meet evolving business requirements. Let’s dive into the new technical capabilities of Windows Server 2022 and how customers can take advantage of these to modernize their server environment.

Bernardo Caldas
Vice President of Program Management, Core OS and Edge Infrastructure

You can read the full announcement blog post here.

What is new in Windows Server 2022

Windows Server 2022 provides many improvements in different areas of the server operating system.

  • Advanced multi-layered security – Windows Server 2022 offers Multi-layer security with Secured-core server and secured connectivity. Secured-core server means our hardware partners have provided hardware, firmware, and drivers to help customers harden the security of their critical systems.
  • Hybrid capabilities with Azure – Customers in a hybrid or multicloud environment can take advantage of cloud services with on-premises Windows Server 2022 by connecting with Azure Arc, using features like Update Management, Azure Monitor, Seucrity Center, and many more!
    In addition you take advantage of the File Server enhancements such as SMB Compression. SMB Compression improves application file transfer by compressing data while in transit over a network.
  • Flexible application platform – Windows Server 2022 can take advantage of scalability improvements such as support for 48TB of memory and 2,048 logical cores running on 64 physical sockets and many additonal improvements to Windows Containers, for example improves application compatibility of Windows containers, includes HostProcess containers for node configuration, supports IPv6 and dual-stack, and enables consistent network policy implementation with Calico, and bring the new capabilities to Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) and AKS on Azure Stack HCI.

For more details on Windows Server 2022 preview features, please refer to the Windows Server preview blog and our tech documentation.

Windows Server and Azure better together!

Windows Server comes with a lot of improvements if you combine it with Microsoft Azure!

If you are running Windows Server on Azure, you can take advantage of many different management services. One of the great new services which help you to manage your Windows Server is  Azure Automanage for Windows Server. Other features allow you to securely do file transfer to Azure using SMB over QUIC, and implement hotpatch for new Windows Server Azure Virtual Machines.

For Windows Server running on-premises, you can take advantage of Azure Arc and Azure Stack HCI.

Try and download Windows Server 2022

Just us on the Windows Server Summit!

To learn more about Windows Server 2022, make sure you join the Windows Server Summit!



Windows Server Summit - Windows Server 2022

Windows Server Summit – First look at Windows Server 2022

I am happy to let you know that you can get a first in-depth look at Windows Server 2022 at the upcoming Windows Server Summit. The Windows Server Summit is a free online event held on Thursday, September 16, 2021, 10:00 AM–11:30 AM Pacific Time and you can register here.

Explore the latest Windows Server capabilities—and take your first in-depth look at Windows Server 2022. Discover how to support and enhance your current investments with the newest Windows Server innovations and updates—presented by technical product experts. Learn how to:

  • Simplify IT management with hybrid cloud solutions.
  • Deploy modern Windows Server apps with Azure Kubernetes Service on Azure Stack HCI.
  • Modernize server management with Microsoft System Center and Azure Arc.

You’ll also be able to ask the experts your Windows Server questions during the live Q&A.

I will be providing an on-demand session on how you can manage Windows Server and especially Windows Server 2022 using Azure Arc!

So join us at the Windows Server Summit on September 16, 2021, 10:00 AM–11:30 PM Pacific Time to get the first in-depth look at Windows Server 2022.

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Install Windows Terminal on Windows Server 2022

Install Windows Terminal on Windows Server 2022

Currently, you can test Windows Server 2022 by installing the latest preview builds (Like Windows Server Preview Build 20344). As you might know, I am a huge fan of the Windows Terminal, and since Windows Server 2022 by default does not include the Windows Terminal, I wanted to quickly show you how you can install the Windows Terminal on Windows Server 2022.

How to install Windows Terminal on Windows Server 2022

Luckily we can simply download the MSIX bundle from the Windows Terminal GitHub release page. You can also run the following PowerShell command to download the file (Make sure you change the Uri to the latest version).

Invoke-WebRequest -Uri https://github.com/microsoft/terminal/releases/download/v1.7.1091.0/Microsoft.WindowsTerminal_1.7.1091.0_8wekyb3d8bbwe.msixbundle -outfile Microsoft.WindowsTerminal_1.7.1091.0_8wekyb3d8bbwe.msixbundle

Now you can run the following PowerShell command to add the msixbudle and install the Windows Terminal on Windows Server 2022.

Add-AppxPackage Microsoft.WindowsTerminal_<versionNumber>.msixbundle

In my example this would be:

Add-AppxPackage -Path .\Microsoft.WindowsTerminal_1.7.1091.0_8wekyb3d8bbwe.msixbundle

Keep in mind, when you install the Windows Terminal manual like this, it will not automatically update itself.

Install Windows Terminal on Windows Server 2022
Install Windows Terminal on Windows Server 2022

Conclusion

I hope this blog post is helpful. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below. Also if you want to make out more of your Windows Terminal, check out my blogs:

If you want to provide feedback for Windows and Windows Server, the team wants to hear from you!

The most important part of a frequent release cycle is to hear what’s working and what needs to be improved, so your feedback is extremely valued. For Windows Server, use your registered Windows 10 Insider device and use the Feedback Hub application.  In the app, choose the Windows Server category and then the appropriate subcategory for your feedback. In the title of the Feedback, please indicate the build number you are providing feedback on as shown below:

     [Server #####] Title of my feedback

Have fun!