Tag Archives: Testing

Microsoft Azure Stack Technical Preview – incremental release published

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 [...]

Azure Stack and Azure Consistency

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 [...]

Microsoft Azure Stack – Deploying your own images as a tenant

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 [...]

Microsoft Azure Stack TP – Tweaking the SQL RP Deployment

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. -> https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/azure-stack-add-image-pir/#create-an-image-of-windowsserver2012r2-including-net-35 The Read more [...]

Microsoft Azure Stack TP – MySQL RP Deployment Publish-GalleryPackages.ps1 fails

Hey everyone! Just a short post for a short tweak. When you are deploying the MySQL Resource Provider on your Azure Stack installation and you are using the service administrator account with an additional subscription, then the processing of the Publish-GalleryPackages.ps1 fails with the following error. Add-AzureRMGalleryItem : Cannot convert 'System.Object[]' to the type 'System.Guid' required by Read more [...]

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.2 on Microsoft Azure Stack Technical Preview

Inspired by the blog post of my MVP buddy Ben Gelens on how to CentOS to Azure Stack and the partnership of Microsoft with Red Hat, I decided to write this blog post about RHEL 7.2 on Azure Stack. -> https://azurestack.eu/2016/02/adding-centos-7-to-azure-stack-tp1/ -> https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/campaigns/redhat/ -> https://www.redhat.com/en/about/press-releases/microsoft-and-red-hat-deliver-new-standard-enterprise-cloud-experiences First Read more [...]

Microsoft Azure Stack Technical Preview – Integrate the Microsoft Monitoring Agent Extension

A lot of familiar extension are included in the Azure Stack TP like BGInfo, PowerShell DSC, Docker and so on. Looking for the Microsoft Monitoring Agent extension you will find out that this extension is missing. So how do you integrate the extension into Azure Stack? The process is very easy, but first we need to provision a VM in Azure with the MMA extension to get the installation package. Have Read more [...]

Microsoft Azure Stack Technical Preview – Difference between private and public plans

When you have installed the Azure Stack Technical Preview and you are creating your first offer. You have to decide whether your plan will be private or public.  Regarding the offer you do not have the choice. If an offer is private the tenant will not see it. So an offer should be always public. When you decide that your plan will be private, your tenants will not see to which services and location Read more [...]

Shutdown and Startup Order for the Microsoft Azure Stack TP VMs

In my previous blog post I described how to install the Microsoft Azure Stack POC on lower hardware. 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 VMs. The Azure Stack TP consists of one physical Hyper-V host and 10 VMs. First I want to let you know which servers are belonging to the azurestack.local Read more [...]

Microsoft Azure Stack Technical Preview on lower hardware

If you are not in a lucky position like me and you want to run the Azure Stack Technical Preview, but you do not have the required hardware then keep reading. Microsoft had released the hardware requirements shortly before Christmas in 2015. Component Minimum Recommended CPU Dual-Socket: 12 Physical Cores Dual-Socket: 16 Physical Cores Memory 96 GB RAM 128 GB RAM BIOS Hyper-V Enabled (with Read more [...]