Category Archives: Windows Server

Microsoft Azure Stack Technical Preview 3 on lower hardware specifications

New technical preview, new challenges. After I got the TP1 and TP2 running on lower hardware specifications, I have tried the same for the TP3 and want to share the results with you. First of all we have the same hardware requirements for TP3 as for TP1 and TP2. Component Minimum Recommended CPU Dual-Socket: 12 Physical Cores Dual-Socket: 16 Physical Cores Memory 96 GB RAM 128 Read more [...]

Using Azure Active Directory in Microsoft Azure Germany for Microsoft Azure Stack

When you want to use the Azure Active Directory in the national cloud or sovereign cloud Microsoft Azure Germany you have to adjust two files in the Azure Stack TP2 bits. -> https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/overview/clouds/germany/ The two files are: -> X:\CloudDeployment\Configuration\InstallAzureStackPOC.ps1 ->X:\CloudDeployment\Common\AzureADConfiguration.psm1 Let us start Read more [...]

Microsoft Azure Stack Technical Preview 2 on lower hardware specifications – November refresh

Last week Microsoft has released the November refresh of its Azure Stack TP2 release bits. There are a lot of improvements, so it is recommended to do a fresh deployment of the TP2. -> https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/new-azure-paas-services-available-for-azure-stack-technical-preview-2-tp2/ What I have discovered editing the following files, is that we got an additional VM in the November Read more [...]

Shutdown and Startup Order for the Microsoft Azure Stack TP2 VMs

In my previous blog post I described how to install the Microsoft Azure Stack TP2 PoC on lower hardware specifications. Because my home lab does not run 24/7 I had to think about the correct shutdown and startup order for the Microsoft Azure Stack Technical Preview 2 VMs. -> http://www.danielstechblog.info/microsoft-azure-stack-technical-preview-2-on-lower-hardware-specifications/ The Azure Read more [...]

Microsoft Azure Stack Technical Preview 2 on lower hardware specifications

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. -> http://www.danielstechblog.info/microsoft-azure-stack-technical-preview-on-lower-hardware/ First of all we have the same hardware requirements for TP2 as for TP1. Component Minimum Recommended CPU Dual-Socket: Read more [...]

Hardware requirements for Azure Stack Technical Preview (POC) released

What an early Christmas present! Yesterday Microsoft has released the hardware requirements for the upcoming Microsoft Azure Stack Technical Preview. What other informations get we beside the hardware requirements? That the Azure Stack Technical Preview will be a single box installation. Our goal is to enable you to experience the Azure Stack Technical Preview in a single server, instantiated as a Read more [...]

Connecting App Controller 2012 R2 with System Center 2016 TP4 VMM

Let me start this blog post with the explanation why I am writing about connecting App Controller 2012 R2 with SCVMM 2016 TP4. It is not about that I like App Controller more than Windows Azure Pack or something else. The reason is that I presented last week my session “What’s new in System Center 2016 Virtual Machine Manager?” to the audiences at the Microsoft Technical Summit 2015 and Experts Read more [...]

Deploying Storage Spaces Direct on a Single Node SOFS Cluster

In my previous post on how to deploy Windows Server 2016 TP3 onto an SD card I introduced you to my new server system. -> http://www.danielstechblog.de/how-to-deploy-windows-server-2016-tp3-onto-an-sd-card/ The reason why I bought this system was to play around with Storage Spaces Direct in Windows Server 2016 TP3. Regarding the testing guide Microsoft recommends four servers to test Storage Spaces Read more [...]

Building a lab environment with Windows 10 Hyper-V and Nested Virtualization

Last week Microsoft has released the newest Insider Build 10565 of Windows 10. -> http://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2015/10/12/announcing-windows-10-insider-preview-build-10565/ The Insider Build 10565 includes a long awaited and hidden gem: Nested Virtualization. Before the release of build 10565 we know that nested virtualization will be included in Windows Server 2016 for running Hyper-V Read more [...]

How to deploy Windows Server 2016 TP3 onto an SD card?

A few weeks ago I bought a HP Microserver Gen8 (Intel Celeron G1610T, 2,3GHz, 2GB RAM) to continue to use the four 1TB Hitachi HDDs from my previous NAS system and 12GB RAM that are left over from other systems. The main reason for buying the HP Microserver is to play a bit with Storage Spaces Direct and the Scale-Out File Server, but I will talk about this later in another blog post. What is really Read more [...]