Azure Stack TP2 November refresh

Last week Microsoft published a new release of Microsoft Azure Stack TP2. This release included support for features like SQL RP, MySQL and Azure App Services so a bunch of PaaS services.

First it though yeah.. new features 🙂 !! But then I looked back and though.. o man this is gonna cost me a lot of deployment time again. Considering the previous issue’s I had before which you can read on this blog.

After downloading, extracting, copying and processing (which you can read all about here) i executed my deployment last night (my hosts are in a different time zone, so my last night was not yet server night 🙂 ).

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This morning I checked my server to see what the deployment did and I was pleasantly surprised

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Azure Stack TP2 Deployment Issue with Timezone

Oke, let me first start of a special thanks to my colleague’s Hans Vredevoort, Darryl van der Pijl and Mark Scholman for leading me to the solution!

Since the release of Azure Stack TP2 i did not found the time to start a deployment and play around with Azure Stack TP2. Tp1 was unstable and had a lot of strange issue’s were TP2 was much more stable I was told.. But for the past view weeks I have ben struggling with the deployment!

I’ve deployed it over and over and it keept failing on error in step 60.140.145 were the VM’s were registered at the Compute Controller.

2016-10-24 04:38:18 Error 1> 2> Task: Invocation of interface 'Migrate' of role 'Cloud\Fabric\VirtualMachines' failed: 
Function 'Add-CpiObjects' in module 'Roles\VirtualMachine\VirtualMachine.psd1' raised an exception:
Failed to register virtual machine 'MAS-NC01' with compute controller. Operation failed with: 
Exception calling "GetResult" with "0" argument(s): "MakeReservation VM:36fae812-1703-4198-b0ae-39075e77e2ef Cluster:S-Cluster"
At C:\CloudDeployment\Roles\VirtualMachine\VirtualMachine.psm1:2118.
+ $eceVm.Name
at Trace-Error, C:\CloudDeployment\Common\Tracer.psm1: line 52
at Add-CpiObjects, C:\CloudDeployment\Roles\VirtualMachine\VirtualMachine.psm1: line 2118
at <ScriptBlock>, <No file>: line 18

Since I was on a VLAN tagged network and had no DHCP I was suspecting that one of these parameters –PublicVLan -NatIPv4Subnet -NatIPv4Address -NatIPv4DefaultGateway were giving me a hard time deploying TP2. But after adding a DHCP and change my VLAN to native/untagged so I wouldn’t need the parameters I still ended up at the same error!

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Windows 10 Mobile Continuum with Azure Remote App

“Continuum turns your phone into a big-screen projector and a big-time productivity tool”. That’s what the marketing department of Microsoft says. A lot of media is also shouting out “Turn you phone into a PC”.  But is it true? I have been working with Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile for almost a year now and I am a huge fan! I have had my frustrating moments in the insider preview program with mostly Windows 10 mobile but  at the end it’s really a good OS with lost of features and capabilities.

For a project I was able to work with a Lumia 950XL with Windows 10 Mobile and a Microsoft Display Dock to use and work with Continuum and Azure Remote App. In this blog I share some of my findings and thoughts.

How does it work

With Continuum and the Display Dock you can connect your phone to a big screen, keyboard and mouse like on a full desktop/laptop. I say ‘like’ on purpose because of course it’s not the same. More on that later on.

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When you connect the display dock or connect to a device with a Display Dock you have a separate screen. Everything you do there is not displayed on the phone, so it’s not duplicating a screen but more a separate desktop. Duplicating is an option to do but then you’re not using Continuum

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Remove Azure Stack TP1 to install TP1.1

If you tried out Azure Stack Preview 1 and want to play arround with TP 1.1 release you have to remove the current Azure Stack deployment. I was unable to find a documented uninstall (if somebody does please leave a comment 🙂 ) so i just deleted everything.

I have a one node setup so here is what I did:

  • Turn of all VM’s
  • Deleted all cluster roles;
  • Removed the VM’s;
  • Destroyed the cluster;
  • Removed the storage pool and its volumes;
  • Removed my node from the azurestack.local domain and rebooted;
  • Removed the virtual switch;
  • Uninstalled the Microsoft Azure Service Fabric from my host.

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Microsoft Azure Stack

Yes! Last Friday the first public preview of Microsoft Azure Stack (MAS) TP1 was released. Twitter was going crazy and I saw a lot of downloads and deploys passing by. I was also blessed with some hardware from my company that meets the specs for an Azure Stack TP1 deployment.

So I can test and deploy MAS to! Whoohoe! 🙂

My physical host was installed with Windows Server 2016 TP4 and disabled all Nics but one. Installed all Windows updates including the specific KB3124262

After that run powershell as an admin. Give the powershell command and of you go!

DeployAzureStack.ps1 –verbose

Then after several reboots and hours of waiting the deployment has finished!

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