Azure Stack Technical Preview (POC): Hardware requirements – published

Hi everybody,

even with released date probably moved to Q4/2016 or somewhen 2017 Microsoft published more and more information about it’s new Azure Stack.

Yesterday they published the Hardware requirements for Azure Stack, which you can find on the original Blogpost here.


Source: http://blogs.technet.com/b/server-cloud/archive/2015/12/21/microsoft-azure-stack-hardware-requirements.aspx

Hardware requirements for Azure Stack Technical Preview (POC)

Note that these requirements only apply to the upcoming POC release, they may change for future releases.

Component

Minimum

Recommended

Compute: CPU Dual-Socket: 12 Physical Cores Dual-Socket: 16 Physical Cores
Compute: Memory 96 GB RAM 128 GB RAM
Compute: BIOS Hyper-V Enabled (with SLAT support) Hyper-V Enabled (with SLAT support)
Network: NIC Windows Server 2012 R2 Certification required for NIC; no specialized features required Windows Server 2012 R2 Certification required for NIC; no specialized features required
Disk drives: Operating System 1 OS disk with minimum of 200 GB available for system partition (SSD or HDD) 1 OS disk with minimum of 200 GB available for system partition (SSD or HDD)
Disk drives: General Azure Stack POC Data 4 disks. Each disk provides a minimum of 140 GB of capacity (SSD or HDD). 4 disks. Each disk provides a minimum of 250 GB of capacity.
HW logo certification Certified for Windows Server 2012 R2

Storage considerations

Data disk drive configuration: All data drives must be of the same type (SAS or SATA) and capacity.  If SAS disk drives are used, the disk drives must be attached via a single path (no MPIO, multi-path support is provided)
HBA configuration options:
     1. (Preferred) Simple HBA
2. RAID HBA – Adapter must be configured in “pass through” mode
3. RAID HBA – Disks should be configured as Single-Disk, RAID-0
Supported bus and media type combinations

  •          SATA HDD
  •          SAS HDD
  •          RAID HDD
  •          RAID SSD (If the media type is unspecified/unknown*)
  •          SATA SSD + SATA HDD**
  •          SAS SSD + SAS HDD**

* RAID controllers without pass-through capability can’t recognize the media type. Such controllers will mark both HDD and SSD as Unspecified. In that case, the SSD will be used as persistent storage instead of caching devices. Therefore, you can deploy the Microsoft Azure Stack POC on those SSDs.

** For tiered storage, you must have at least 3 HDDs.

Example HBAs: LSI 9207-8i, LSI-9300-8i, or LSI-9265-8i in pass-through mode

 

While the above configuration is generic enough that many servers should fit the description, we recommend a couple of SKUs: Dell R630 and the HPE DL 360 Gen 9. Both these SKUs have been in-market for some time.

My 1st scenario with Windows Server vNext @ Microsoft IT Academy

Today my first IT Scenario on Microsoft IT Academy went only. 🙂

I’m writing about Windows Server vNext and asynchronis replication. I hope you will find it usefull.

https://technet.microsoft.com/de-de/bb291022?it_product=szenarien&it_topic=windows-server-wsugb

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Add other Windows Server 2012 System to Server Manager for remote management

In the new Server Manager from Windows Server 2012 you can add other Windows 2012 (and also Windows 2008 and 2008 R2 Servers) to manage. This is an easy way to consolidate and simplify your management environment.

 

1. Open the Server Manager on the Server that should be your management station.

2. In Server Manager click on “Manage” and than on “Add Servers”

3. A wizzard will open where you can search after the Servers you want to add. You can choose between search in AD, DNS or Import via CSV sheet. In my example I will search my Server via Active Directory. If your server is not member of your AD you should search via DNS.

4. Type in the name of your server and than on “Find now”.

5. now the Server should be listed in the left box.

6. Doubleclick on the servername to move it in the selction list. You can also mark the server (also multiple servers) and click on the error between both tables, to select them.

You are able to select as many server as you want.

7. When you finished with selection click “OK” and go to “all Servers” in the Server Manager. know you should see all selected and added servers.

 

Free “MCSA: Windows Server 2012” preparation materials

For Windows Server 2012 R2 Exam pratice klicke here.

 

Hi Community,

like for the MCSE: Private Cloud, I collected some free learning materials for the MCSA: Windows Server 2012. I will update this blog as soon as new materials are available.

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Free Practice Questions for the Exams

http://www.accelerated-ideas.com/aiMExamsChoose.aspx#mcse

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Jumpstarts Videos:

Windows Server 2012

Windows Server 2012 Jumpstart 1

Windows Server 2012 Jumpstart 2a

Windows Server 2012 Jumpstart 2b

Windows Server 2012 Jumpstart 3a

Windows Server 2012 Jumpstart 3b

Windows Server 2012 Jumpstart 4

Windows Server 2012 Jumpstart 5a

Windows Server 2012 Jumpstart 5b

Windows Server 2012 Jumpstart 6a

Windows Server 2012 Jumpstart 6b

Windows Server 2012 Jumpstart 7

Windows Server 2012 Jumpstart 8

Windows Server 2012 Jump Start! Upgrade Skills for Exam 70-417

Windows Server 2012 Jump Start! Upgrade Skills for Exam 70-417

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free eBooks:

Introducing Windows Server 2012 (RTM Edition)

Windows Server 2012 Compatibility Cookbook

FREE eBook Chapter: Migrating and Upgrading Physical and Virtual Servers to Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 <- Keith Mayers Blog

Free Ebook :- The Hands-on Guide: Understanding Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 <- Lai Yoong Seng

Guide To Windows Server 2012 <- The Register

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Free Training Videos: 

http://www.trainsignal.com/blog/90-days <- Trainsignal

TechED 2013 Exam Prep: 70-410 and 70-417 – MCSA: Windows Server 2012

TechED 2013 Exam Prep: 70-411 and 70-417 – MCSA: Windows Server 2012

TechED Exam Prep: 70-412 and 70-417 – MCSA: Windows Server 2012

TechED Exam prep: 70-413 and 70-414 – MCSE: Server Infrastructure

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Labs:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsserver/hh968267.aspx

Build Your Lab on Windows Server 2012 <- Keith Mayers Blog

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Trial Download:

Windows Server 2012

Hyper-V Server 2012

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Microsoft Virtual Academy (free courses): 

Windows Server 2012: Technical Overview

Windows Server 2012: Server Virtualization

Windows Server 2012: Management & Automation

Windows Server 2012: Storage

Windows Server 2012: Networking

Windows Server 2012: Identity and Access

Windows Server 2012: Web & Application Platform

Windows Server 2012: Virtual Desktop Infrastructure

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IT Camp on Demand

Hyper-V shared nothing Live Migration

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Evaluation Guide:

Windows Server 2012 Evaluation Guide

Build your own Windows Server 2012 server lab in the Cloud … for FREE! <- Keith Mayers Blog

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Free Study Guide: 

Windows Server 2012 “Early Experts” Challenge – Exam 70-410 – Installing Active Directory <- Keith Mayers Blog

Windows Server 2012 “Early Expert” Challenge – Exam 70-410 – Installing and Configuring <- Keith Mayers Blog

Windows Server 2012 “Early Experts” Challenge – Exam 70-410 – NIC Teaming <- Keith Mayers Blog

Windows Server 2012 “Early Experts” Challenge – Exam 70-410 – Storage Spaces <- Keith Mayers Blog

Windows Server 2012 “Early Experts” Challenge – Exam 70-410 – Managing Server Roles and Features <- Keith Mayers Blog

Windows Server 2012 “Early Experts” Challenge – Exam 70-410 – Create and Manage Group Policy <- Keith Mayers Blog

Windows Server 2012 “Early Experts” Challenge – Exam 70-410 – Managing Servers with PowerShell 3.0 <- Keith Mayers Blog

Windows Server 2012 “Early Experts” Challenge – Explorer Quest <- Keith Mayers Blog

IPv6 Bootcamp – Windows Server 2012 “Early Experts” Challenge – Exam 70-410 <- Keith Mayers Blog

Configuring DHCP in Windows Server 2012 – “Early Experts” Challenge – Exam 70-410 <- Keith Mayers Blog

Configuring Hyper-V Virtual Networking in Windows Server 2012 – “Early Experts” Challenge – Exam 70-410 and 70-417 <- Keith Mayers Blog

Configuring Hyper-V Virtual Machine Storage in Windows Server 2012 – “Early Experts” Challenge – Exam 70-410 and 70-417 <- Keith Mayers Blog

My thoughts on 70-410 <- Michael Benders Blog

 

PowerShell 3.0 (german only):

Windows PowerShell 3.0 für Einsteiger – Teil 1

Windows PowerShell 3.0 für Einsteiger – Teil 2

Windows PowerShell 3.0 für Einsteiger – Teil 3

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Other Collections:

Windows Server 2012 Early Experts – 70-417 – Resources for Preparation

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Study Groups: 

Windows Server 2012 “Early Experts” Study Group on LinkedIn

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Webpages:

90daystoMCSA.com

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Twitter Hashtags:

#90days2MCSA

#WinServ

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Special offers: 

http://bsf01.com/Microsoft_Vouchers/MCSE_WS2012Upgrades.aspx

Great Blog’s around Windows Server 2012:

English:

Keith Mayer – IT Rocks

Didier van Hoye – Working Hard in IT

Alessandro Cardoso – Virtualisation & Management Blog

Thomas Maurer –Just another private cloud weblog

James van den Berg – Mountainss

Aidan Finn – Aidan Finn, IT Pro

Leandro Carvalho – Virtualisation with Hyper-V, System Center, Cloud and much more

Microsoft – System Center Blog

Microsoft – Hyper-V survival Guide

Blain Barton – Blain Barton’s Blog

Microsoft – Windows Server

German:

Carsten Rachfahl – Hyper-V Server

Microsoft – German Virtualization Blog

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Book recommendation:

Cert Prep Pack: MCSA Windows Server 2012 (Exam Ref 70-410, 70-411, 70-412)

Private Cloud Demo Extravaganza presented by Symon Perriman

Hello Community,

here a “short” screencast collection presented by Symon Perriman from “Bare Metal to Private Cloud” with System Center 2012.

Deploy Bare Metal Servers to Hyper-V with System Center 2012

Multiple Hypervisors for Cloud Resources & Adding ESX Servers with System Center 2012

Add Resources to a Failover Cluster with System Center 2012

Service Template Creation & Deployment with System Center 2012

Standardized Service Updating with System Center 2012

Monitor Network Devices with System Center 2012

Monitor and Automatically Resolve Issues in the Fabric with System Center 2012

Create an Orchestrator Runbook and Integrate with Service Manager with System Center 2012

Create Self-Service Request Offerings using the Service Catalog with System Center 2012

Deliver Self-Service Request Offerings using the Service Catalog with System Center 2012

Gain Insight & Visibility through Service Manager Reporting with System Center 2012

Enabling Application Performance Monitoring with System Center 2012

Creating an Application Performance Monitoring Dashboard with System Center 2012

Deep Application Diagnostics & Insight with System Center 2012

Managing Applications Across Private & Public Clouds with System Center 2012

Managing Application Resources Across Private & Public Clouds with System Center 2012

Self-Service Application Deployment with System Center 2012