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Saturday 30 January 2016

Azure Stack POC first preview

The Azure Stack preview is a single computer environment, everything is installed on one server. There are few things you should know before start. How to run this first preview?

First you need a server class computer.

CPU :2 CPU with at least 12 cores, 16 is better, with SLAT Enabled RAM :128 Gb RAM ROLE Hyper-v Enabled NIC : No real specification for Nic (they must be certified for Windows Server 2012 R2) HDD : One drive for the system (At least 200 Go, 300 is better, the setup will expend all the data here) 4 HDD for Azure Stack : this disk will be used for storage space

You need to install Windows server 2016 TP 4 datacenter with all update and

You may have to

Only one port should be connected to a switch, it’s better to disable all the other port (the system will use a converged fabric using this port) and the port on the switch must be in access mode (you can use a trunk port but you will need to provide the vlan ID during the setup). The server need an access to internet (at least http/https, with access to a DNS server).

It’s better to have the NIC get an IP from DHCP server. If not, you will need to manually setup a range for the network address translation component for Azure Stack connectivity.

Be sure there no network in subnets,, or can be connected to the server. This are the network ID used by the POC.

You will also need a valid Azure Active Directory account. It mean a valid Public Azure Subscription (Free Trial is ok)

Friday 29 January 2016

Azure Stack

Microsoft deliver the first Azure Stack preview on Friday 29/01. Azure Stack is the Microsoft IaaS and PaaS cloud platform with the same defined Network, compute and Storage technologies used in Azure. We will have the same portal and the same Powershell command as we have now in Azure. It will be delivered at the end of 2016. For the technical preview there are some requirements:

  • 2 CPU with at least 12 cores, 16 is better, with SLAT Enabled
  • 128 Gb RAM
  • Hyper-v Enabled
  • No real specification for Nic (they must be certified for Windows Server 2012 R2)
  • One drive for the system
  • 4 HDD for Azure Stack :
  • they must have the same size and the same type
  • they must have a single path and the system should be able to assign them (pass through mode or Raid 0)

The Software defined datacenter managed by Azure Stack will permit scale on demand. Azure Stack Resource Managed will communicate with provider, Hyper-v for compute, Storage Spaces for storage and Network Controller for Network to create service. There is several template ready now ( Azure use JSON so Azure Stack will do the same; time to learn JSON and DSC. You can check

And the webcast (on 3/2/2016)