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Hybrid Cloud Computing with Microsoft and Red Hat

November 5, 2015 1 comment

Microsoft and Red Hat announced a partnership that will help customers embrace hybrid cloud computing by providing greater choice and flexibility deploying Red Hat solutions on Microsoft Azure.

redhat-msRed Hat Enterprise Linux will be the preferred option for enterprise Linux workloads on Microsoft Azure.

Microsoft Azure will become a Red Hat Certified Cloud and Service Provider, enabling customers to run their Red Hat Enterprise Linux applications and workloads on Microsoft Azure. Red Hat Cloud Access subscribers will be able to bring their own virtual machine images to run in Microsoft Azure.

Customers will be offered cross-platform, cross-company support spanning the Microsoft and Red Hat offerings in an integrated way, unlike any previous partnership in the public cloud. By co-locating support teams on the same premises, the experience will be simple and seamless, at cloud speed.

Red Hat CloudForms will interoperate with Microsoft Azure and Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager, offering Red Hat CloudForms customers the ability to manage Red Hat Enterprise Linux on both Hyper-V and Microsoft Azure. Support for managing Azure workloads from Red Hat CloudForms is expected to be added in the next few months, extending the existing System Center capabilities for managing Red Hat Enterprise Linux

In addition, Expanding on the preview of .NET on Linux announced by Microsoft in April, developers will have access to .NET technologies across Red Hat offerings, including Red Hat OpenShift and Red Hat Enterprise Linux, jointly backed by Microsoft and Red Hat. Red Hat Enterprise Linux will be the primary development and reference operating system for .NET Core on Linux.

Source: http://www.redhat.com/en/about/press-releases/microsoft-and-red-hat-deliver-new-standard-enterprise-cloud-experiences

Cloud domain controller as a services with @Azure AD Domain Services @microsoftenterprise

That’s right Cloud AD as a services. A fully managed domain by Microsoft : Azure AD Domain Services to manage Azure IaaS workloads.

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Azure AD Domain Services It’s a cloud based service which gives you a fully Windows Server Active Directory compatible set of API’s and protocols, delivered as a managed Azure service.

You don’t need to provision a Virtual Machine running Domain Controller on Azure as a IaaS anymore and have those domain controllers synchronize to their on-premises Active Directory servers using a VPN/Expressroute connection.

You can now turn on support for all the critical directory capabilities your application and server VM’s need, including Kerberos, NTLM, GROUP POLICY and LDAP.

For scenarios like Disaster Recovery and hybrid cloud deployments, it is just perfect. It means a full value of Windows Server AD in the cloud domain, without having to deploy, manage, monitor and patch domain controllers.

There are many scenarios that can be explored with this new feature.

You can enable Azure AD Domain Services for any existing Azure AD tenant – the same tenant you use with Office 365 or other SaaS applications. Azure AD Domain Services are available now.

For pricing, please check : http://azure.microsoft.com/pricing/details/active-directory-ds/

To start:

  1. You already deployed Azure AD Connect (to sync identity information from the on-premises Active Directory to your Azure AD tenant. This includes user accounts, their credential hashes for authentication (password sync) and group memberships)
  2. Create the ‘AAD DC Administrators’ group and then add all users who need to be administrators on the managed domain to it. These administrators will be able to join machines to the domain and to configure group policy for the domain.
  3. Configure the Network. Select or create the Azure virtual network you’d like to make domain services available in. Ensure the following:
    • The virtual network belongs to a region supported by Azure AD Domain Services. See the region page for details.
    • Ensure the virtual network is a regional virtual network and doesn’t use the legacy affinity groups mechanism.
    • Ensure your workloads deployed in Azure Infrastructure services are connected to this virtual network

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  4. Enable Azure AD Domain Services for your Azure AD tenant, by going to the Configure tab of your Directory, selecting Yes on ‘Enable Domain Services for This Domain’, specifying the domain name and selecting the Azure Virtual Network. Click on Save to confirm.
  5. Update DNS settings for the Azure virtual network to point to the new IP address of the Azure AD Domain Services you just enabled.
  6. Enable synchronization of legacy credential hashes to Azure AD Domain Services. This is a required step. By default, Azure AD does not store the credential hashes required for NTLM/Kerberos authentication. You need to populate these credential hashes in Azure AD so users can use them to authenticate against the domain.
     Done. In simple tasks yu setup your AD as a Services in Azure.
 A few notes:

A few salient aspects of the managed domain that is provisioned by Azure AD Domain Services are as follows:

  • This is a stand-alone managed domain. It is NOT an extension of your on-premises domain.
  • You won’t  need to manage, patch or monitor this this managed domain.
  • There is no need to manage AD replication to this domain. User accounts, group memberships and credentials from your on-premises directory are already synchronized to Azure AD via Azure AD Connect.
  • Since the domain is managed by Azure AD Domain Services, there is no Domain Administrator or Enterprise Administrator privileges on this domain.

High availability and disaster recovery

September 10, 2015 1 comment

High availability and disaster recovery are key components of an Enterprise’s IT environment. While more and more companies are adopting Hyper-V on Server 2012 R2 for their private cloud solution, Savision’s newest whitepaper, written by Microsoft MVP Peter de Tender, will explain how:

-You can leverage on the power of Microsoft Azure for building a Hyper-V based datacenter disaster recovery plan.

-You can migrate your in-house VM’s to Microsoft Azure, guaranteeing uptime and availability of the machine and the applications to your end-users.

Not using Hyper-V yet? No worries, Azure Site Recovery can also act as failover for your VMware or physical host platform.

Learn from Peter De Tender, independent technical speaker, valued Microsoft Infrastructure Architect, Microsoft Certified Trainer and Windows IT Pro MVP, about the core features of Azure Site Recovery, extended with insights on how Savision can assist you in monitoring the ASR topology by showing real-time feedback

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Categories: Cloud, Microsoft, System Center

Modern Infrastructure: Provisioning private clouds and virtualized data centers. September 8th @Microsoft Brisbane

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What’s New in System Center VMM 2016?

System Center 2016 will continue to speed time to value with new provisioning, monitoring and automation capabilities designed for your software-defined datacenter. Optimized for both traditional management and private cloud environments.

Tuesday 8 September I will be presenting an event at Microsoft Brisbane about the new features in System Center VMM and the rich enhancements provided with Microsoft Azure Operational Insights and Automation. Learn best practices for using VMM to manage your datacenter fabric. Come and see how other customers are using System Center.

We will also have a sneak peek of Containers and management of Windows Server Containers using PowerShell.

When
Tuesday, 8 September 2015 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (AEST) Add to Calendar
Where
Microsoft Brisbane – Level 28. 400 George st. Brisbane 4000 AU – View Map

Challenges of Cloud Adoption

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The Cloud approach addresses elastic scale, agility, costs and time to market, by allowing organizations not only to deploy a solution quickly but also to scale up/down based on demand. Cloud adoption is sky rocketing, there’s no doubt about it. However, when it comes to investments in the Cloud, how are you planning and assessing business and IT requirements?

  • Is your current IT infrastructure and resources meeting the required business SLA’s?
  • How you foreseeing capacity issues?
  • Are you connecting IT resources to business outcomes and unifying IT processes with business cycles?
  • How does your business maintain the system availability and resilience?
  • How are you maximizing the utilization of the resources within your IT infrastructure? 

With this whitepaper, we will help you find the answer to those questions, covering the challenges in deployment, management and automation phases with some tips and considerations.

 Download the whitepaper

You can also register for Savision’s complimentary webinar, presented by MVP Alessandro Cardoso on Adopting the Cloud. The webinar will be presented by MVP Alessandro Cardoso, and will be co-hosted by Savision’s co-founder and VP of Product Management, Dennis Rietvink.

Register for the webinar:

September 9 at 9:00 am CEST | 5:00 pm AEST

Is System Center Operations Manager still relevant in the Cloud?

EXCLUSIVE Whitepaper: Is OpsMgr still relevant in the Cloud by MVP Cameron Fuller

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The addition of the Cloud has truly changed how we monitor in Microsoft solutions. In this whitepaper, Microsoft MVP Cameron Fuller tackles the elephant in the room and answers the question of the relevance of Operations Manager. Find out whether Operations Manager is still relevant in the world of the Cloud

Installing Hyper-V role on Windows 2016 Server TP2 MinShell version

As you probably are aware of, Windows 2016 Server TP2, comes with 2 installation options. You also probably have noticed as well that the graphical user interface (GUI) is no longer an option in a default install on the Technical Preview 2.NOt even Start Menu.
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  • Windows Server Technical Preview 2 option, will install the server with MinShell (Minimal Shell no GUI). Assuming that you will manage the host remotely you won’t need graphical interface at all and from a security point of view, it is the better option.

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  • Windows Server Technical Preview 2 (with local admin tools) option, will install the server again with MinShell, but includes Server Manager and the other GUI administration tools, although no desktop experience (traditional desktop), nor start menu.

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To install Hyper-V role in the Windows Server Technical Preview 2 (with local admin tools) option, in the Server Manager console, click on Add roles and features and select Hyper-V.

To install Hyper-V role in the Windows Server Technical Preview 2 option :

in the command prompt, type:

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PS: > InstallWindowsFeature Hyper-V

Note: If the installation fails due to “The source files could not be found” error, assuming the Windows Server Technical Preview 2 ISO image connected to the DVD drive (D:), type:

PS: > InstallWindowsFeature Hyper-VRestart Source wim:D:\sources\install.wim:4

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Simple as that!

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