New technical preview, new challenges. After I got the TP1 running on lower hardware specifications, I have tried the same for the TP2 and want to share the results with you.
First of all we have the same hardware requirements for TP2 as for TP1.
Dual-Socket: Read more [...]
Just a short note. I will be speaking at two events in August. First stop is System Center Universe Europe 2016 in Berlin.
My sessions at SCU Europe:
Azure IaaS Security
Providing test environments in Azure using Azure DevTest Labs
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When you are working with Azure or Azure Stack you have to use additional tools to keep your work easy. I would like to present some free tools, I am using at my daily work with Azure and Azure Stack
Let us start with the area storage explorer, something you want to use instead of the portal itself.
In the beginning we had the Azure Storage Explorer, a CodePlex project, that is not developed Read more [...]
Just a short blog post for a small useful hint.
Assuming you are familiar with the Azure Resource Manager tags, I want to show you how you can refer to the resource group tags in your templates. That said, you only define the tags at the resource group level and you want to use them for every resource that is going to be deployed in this specific resource group.
First you have to define the tags Read more [...]
I got a bit tired of checking which API version is the latest one and modifying my API variables in my ARM templates. So I investigated and tested a little bit and found a solution on how to get the latest API version every time.
You can do this via the provider resource function in your ARM templates.
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On April 20th I had the honor to speak at the first VCNRW sessions about my favorite topic Azure Stack. The one day conference was an awesome event with a set of top international speakers. Thanks to Helge Klein and Timm Brochhaus for such a great event.
If you have missed to be on-site at VCNRW sessions, you are lucky! Because the sessions were recorded and are available on Channel 9.
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One of the pain points with the first Microsoft Azure Stack TP were the long running operations for IaaS regarding VM deployment, deletion, start and stop.
Microsoft has released an incremental update yesterday to fix these issues and some more.
Faster VM deployment times
Better performance in VM-related actions such as stop, start, delete
Incremental stability and reliability improvements to Read more [...]
One of the interesting things of Azure Stack beside the underlying hardware infrastructure is the consistency with Azure. But interesting is the wrong wording for this it is the key concept and one of the reasons why Azure Stack exists. True consistency between the public cloud offer and the private cloud offer. It is an unique offer right now on the market.
Let us have a look on some of the good Read more [...]
As a tenant you may want to deploy your own images instead of using the images provided by the cloud service provider. All you need to achieve your objective in Azure Stack is a sysprepped Windows Server or Linux image, an ARM template and a PowerShell script.
The first step is to prepare the ARM template. I am using two files for the ARM template the general template file and the parameter template Read more [...]
And again just a longer post for a deployment tweak. When you are deploying the SQL Resource Provider on your Azure Stack installation you have to consider some requirements and stumbling blocks.
First point is an Windows Server 2012 R2 image with .NET Framework 3.5 enabled, that is needed for the deployment.
The Read more [...]