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#Azure Server Management Tools offers a set of web-GUI #tools to manage #AzureStack Servers #RSMT #ASMT

Azure Server management tools is currently in preview. Any data collected by Server management tools will be stored in the US.!

As this is a preview you can play with this and it is Cool a nice web management. With the Management server you can manage your on premise AzureStack or Deploy a Template with SCVMM. or just turnoff al your domain controllers.  Oh ok I must re-think my security Policy.

As many Azure is External in some cases it is handled just like a server in a DMZ site. So “real dangerous” this is the Cloud directly connected to the WEB.

This DMZ is now turned and be able to manage your internal servers, what is some one has my azure account that has this gateway…. Well I think this is a cool new feature with a lot of new options. In fact I created a cluster in the Azure GUI but it is running on premises.   

Server management tools enables you to remotely manage machines running Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview. Currently, the tools offer the following capabilities:

  • View and change system configuration
  • View performance across various resources and manage processes and services
  • Manage devices attached to the server
  • View event logs
  • View the list of installed roles and features
  • Use a PowerShell console to manage and automate

The Server management tools connection is routed through a Server management tools gateway. When you create a new connection, you will have the opportunity to create a new gateway or select an existing gateway if one already exists in the same resource group. Click on Create to establish a connection to your Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview machine and start exploring the features available today.

Open your Azure management portal and search : Server management tools in the marketplace

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Select the Server management tools and a new window opens with the network layout on how things are connected.

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So Hit Create

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The Create option opens a new menu with all kinds of options Name Subscription , Resourcegroup.

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As this is my first server I create it all Fresh so no connections to other Resource Groups

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Configuring a new Server management tools Gateway

If you are creating a new gateway, you will see the following status:

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Click to open the Gateway Configuration page and read carefully and follow the directions to set up your on-premises machine or Azure VM as the gateway.

An Server management tools gateway is required to enable communication between the Microsoft Azure portal and your Windows Server 2016 machine. A gateway is typically deployed and configured on the same local network as the Windows Server machine(s) you wish to manage. The customized gateway deployment package below allows you to install the gateway software on a machine of your choice, and automatically configures the gateway profile to register with your Azure subscription. The deployment package must be run locally on the machine that you want to designate as the Server management tools gateway.

Steps to configure your gateway

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Save the File on your Windows Server 2016

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Use the generated link to download the gateway deployment package now, or copy the link URL to download the package later from the machine on which you intend to install the package.

  1. From the machine that you want to designate as the gateway, unzip the package and run GatewayService.MSI.

  2. Once the gateway installation completes, return to the Microsoft Azure portal and reopen your Server management tools connection.

  3. You should now be able to manage your Windows Server 2016 machine if the Microsoft Azure portal can reach it through the gateway.

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The Extracted File is the installation file with the JSON config file.

A quick setup is needed on the Windows Server 2016.

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As you can see there is an extra Services running on the Windows Server 2016

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When I do a Refresh in the Azure Resource Group.

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The manage as command is there just go to the Manage As and fill in the server admin account to manage this server

 

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Fill in the account I us a Local Account as in this scenario I’ll not jumping thru my domain. 

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You have established a remote connection to your resource and are now able to perform management tasks on it through the Azure Portal.

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Some errors here with no surprise My local Firewall and Remote management WINRM is not configured as the text below described.

Unable to connect to the server ‘mvpmgt01′: WinRM cannot process the request. The following error with errorcode 0x80090311 occurred while using Kerberos authentication: There are currently no logon servers available to service the logon request. Possible causes are: -The user name or password specified are invalid. -Kerberos is used when no authentication method and no user name are specified. -Kerberos accepts domain user names, but not local user names. -The Service Principal Name (SPN) for the remote computer name and port does not exist. -The client and remote computers are in different domains and there is no trust between the two domains. After checking for the above issues, try the following: -Check the Event Viewer for events related to authentication. -Change the authentication method; add the destination computer to the WinRM TrustedHosts configuration setting or use HTTPS transport. Note that computers in the TrustedHosts list might not be authenticated. -For more information about WinRM configuration, run the following command: winrm help config.

Managing Workgroup machines

In order to manage workgroup machines (e.g. non-domain-joined Nano Servers), run this command as an administrator on the Server management tools gateway machine:

This setting is different than in the guide in Azure

winrm set winrm/config/client’@{TrustedHosts="< NAME OR IP >"}’

When creating a Server management tools connection to the workgroup machine, use the machine’s IP address as the computer name.

Additional connectivity requirements

If you wish to connect using the local Administrator account, you will need to enable this policy on the target machine by running the following command in an administrator session on the target machine:

REG ADD HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v LocalAccountTokenFilterPolicy /t REG_DWORD /d 1

If you wish to connect to a workgroup machine which is not on the same subnet as the gateway, run the following command in an administrator session on the target machine:

NETSH advfirewall firewall add rule name="WinRM 5985" protocol=TCP dir=in localport=5985 action=allow

Now it is play time

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As you can see you can manage the local server, there are more options like powershell and event viewer but this is not easy to use in the web-GUI

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Happy Stacking

Robert Smit

Twitter: @clustermvp

Cloud and Datacenter MVP

Posted February 12, 2016 by Robert Smit in windows server 2016

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PowerShell Place custom VM into Windows Azure Pack Subscription #wapack #cloud #scvmm #Microsoft

During migrations there is always the trouble of all those settings and things to do before everything is running smoothly.

Well during my migration I needed to move several Machines to a private cloud subscription in Azure Pack.

As I’m not the Biggest Powershell Guru I like to keep things simple and I’m a big fan of the “ select Name “  and the  “ Out-GridView “

Options these options give you much more detail and make powershell a but more GUI ( don’t shoot )

#Set your SCVMM server and use -ForOnBehalfOf to make use of Service Provider Foundation.
Import-Module -Name virtualmachinemanager
$VMMSERVER = Get-SCVMMServer -ComputerName YOUR OWN VMM Server-ForOnBehalfOf

#Select WAP Cloud
$Cloud = Get-SCCloud -Name (Get-SCCloud | select Name | Out-GridView -Title "Select WAP Cloud" -PassThru).Name

#Select Select WAP User Subscription
$User = (Get-SCUserRole | Where-Object Cloud -Match $Cloud).Name | Out-GridView -PassThru -Title "Select WAP User Subscription"

# Show WAP Subscription User
$WAPUserrole = Get-SCUserRole | Where-Object Cloud -Match $Cloud | Where-Object Name -Like $User*
$WAPUserrole |ft name

# Select Single VM to WAP
$WAPVM = (Get-SCVirtualMachine ($Cloud | Get-SCVirtualMachine | select Name | Out-GridView -Title "Select Single VM to WAP" -PassThru).Name)

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# show Selected VM to WAP Subscription
$WAPVM|ft name

#Place VM in WAP Subscription
Set-SCVirtualMachine -VM $WAPVM –UserRole $WAPUserrole –Owner $User

As there is a pick list there is no typo there when moving the VM

When Checking the Windows Azure Portal you will see after a refresh a VM that is migrated to Azure Pack.

 

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Happy clustering

Robert Smit

@clusterMVP

https://robertsmit.wordpress.com

Posted April 14, 2015 by Robert Smit in Azure

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Build a G5 G-Series #azure VM SQL Server 2014 Cluster With shared cloud Storage #yam

This Morning I thought why not build a rocking Fast SQL Cluster in Azure. But the Next next Cluster operation is way to easy I decided to build this with the G series and with the Windows technical preview with the latest options.  A G5 Server has 32 Cores and 448GB memory and only 6TB disk space. In this demo setup I used 3 G5 Servers and a  little disk space

So I created a fresh new network for this.

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and later I can create a hybrid S2S VPN to my other Clusters.  See My other Blog post about VPN

https://robertsmit.wordpress.com/2014/12/15/how-to-setup-azure-vpn-for-site-to-site-cross-premises-or-create-a-virtual-network-for-point-to-site-vpn-azure-winserv/

I Create a DC that is holding my Service Accounts and I use Azure For the Cloud Witness

Check my blog on how to configure Cloud Witness

https://robertsmit.wordpress.com/2014/10/28/configuring-advanced-quorum-configuration-as-a-cloud-witness-windows-azure-files-cloud-azure-winserv-witness/

 

Doing a quick performance test on the G5 Machine.  D and C drive

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The same on a A1 machine D and C drive

 

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The G5  CPU

As we Create the Cluster and I added some disk to the Cluster we have the following Configuration

With SQL 2014 I can use a CSV for the Database files So I created a CSV from 300GB this is more than enough to hold this test install and hold my two G5 Series SQL Server 2014 Ent. instances 

 

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To save Time and Costs I use the SQL ini file that I used in the first SQL Instance for the Second instance, This will not bring the fully automatic install as I don’t use the Service accounts But a Quick Next Next Finish will do the trick.

 

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Using the CSV as Storage

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On the Second instance I do a Install From ini file based setup.  If you need more info on how to do this read my previous blog posts

Installing the SQL server is just as described in my blog post below 

AlwaysOn Failover Cluster Instances SQL Server 2014

https://robertsmit.wordpress.com/2014/05/15/alwayson-failover-cluster-instances-sql-server-2014-in-part2-azure-winserv-sql-msteched/

Windows 2012R2 Failover Cluster With SQL Server 2014 AlwaysOn Options

https://robertsmit.wordpress.com/2014/05/14/windows-2012r2-failover-cluster-with-sql-server-2014-alwayson-options-part1-cloud-azure-winserv-sql-msteched/

If you want to see the installation Steps I created a movie with about the same steps. the whole Process creating and install SQL in just 15 Minutes. not fully untended just for showing you what is possible.

https://robertsmit.wordpress.com/2013/09/30/windows-server-2012-r2-with-sql-server-2014-cluster-installation-in-less-than-15-minutes-winserv-rocks-movie/

 

Now that We have 2 SQL servers Running One instance on both nodes

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The First node is holding my CSV volume ( more about this on another blog )

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for demo I can’t fully load the SQL and this is only for showing that you can build a SQL Server 2014 Cluster Based on a CSV in Windows Azure.

 

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And you can resize the G5 VM’s to a smaller size if needed. 

But keep in mind the D drive is a temporary drive and will not hold data if the server is turned off !!

With the vNext there a re a lot off new options possible. For now I burned my Azure Credits See you next time.

 

Happy clustering

Robert Smit

@ClusterMVP

https://robertsmit.wordpress.com

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Posted February 2, 2015 by Robert Smit in Azure

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