Azure Stack WAP Connector – Part 1

Azure Stack WAP connector is preview now. With WAP Connector, you can enable access from the Azure Stack user portal to tenant virtual machines running on Windows Azure Pack. Tenants can use the Azure Stack portal to manage their existing IaaS virtual machines and virtual networks. These resources are made available on Windows Azure Pack…

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Mobile First, Cloud First — A Mobile Azure Stack

Merry Christmas! In my previous post “Smallest Azure Stack PoC Box w/o Hacking the Code”, I introduced how I built a mini Azure Stack. I can put it into a small backpack and take it with me all the day. Smallest Azure Stack PoC Box w/o Hacking the Code But when I tried to demo…

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Smallest Azure Stack PoC Box w/o Hacking the Code

I know this is crazy. This is how I am crazy about the product “Azure Stack” we’re building. From time to time, I see people deploy Azure Stack on the mini size hardware for different reasons like use the existing home server, or be mobile for travelling around countries. As an example, here is the…

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The Power of RDMA in Storage Space Direct

About one year ago, I wrote a blog post “The Power of RDMA in Storage Space Direct”. In that post, I shared the performance improvement I observed (incl. IOPS and latency) and especially great performance consistency (QoS) provided by RDMA capable NICs in Windows Server 2016 TP4. Given there are lots of improvements from TP4 to TP5 and…

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Configure WAP to support new SDN stack on Windows Server 2016

Start from UR9, WAP can support Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016. Different from Windows Server 2012 R2, On Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016, you could have two different SDN deployments. One is based on NVGRE and the other is based on VXLAN. WAP can work with either deployments but providing different…

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Leverage VM Fleet Testing the Performance of Storage Space Direct

Back to 2 years ago, when I worked with Lenovo COSN team to ship their public cloud based on Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2 and Windows Azure Pack, we worked out a test procedure and a set of test scripts to validate the cloud platform. In order to simulate IO intensive workload,…

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Deploy S2D Lab w/ Script on One Single Machine

Recently in a local discussion group, people are talking about leveraging VMs  validating the Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) functionalities.  Actually that’s not something new. Claus posted a blog two months ago and introduce how to deploy Storage Spaces Direct in Azure (https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/filecab/2016/05/05/s2dazuretp5/). In this blog I will show you how I deploy a S2D environment on one…

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Step-by-step for deploying a SDNv2 using VMM – Part 4

In this post, we will walk through the steps to deploy gateways with VMM. Different from the official guide, besides provide the step-by-step guide, I will also include configuration steps on Enterprise Gateway (a Windows Server 2012 R2 RRAS VM in my setup). Here is the link to the official guide. Deploy a RAS Gateway using…

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Step-by-step for deploying a SDNv2 using VMM – Part 3

In this post, we will continue and walk through the steps to deploy SLB. Most of the steps here are same as the following official validation guide. However I will highlight some of the error-prone steps and provide step-by-step screenshots. Deploy a Software Load Balancer using VMM Create Logical Network “TRANSIT”, “Private VIP” and “Public VIP”…

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Step-by-step for deploying a SDNv2 using VMM – Part 2

In the previous post, we talked about how to prepare a SDN lab environment. In this post, we will continue and deploy NC in the lab environment. Most of the steps here are same as the following official validation guides. However I will highlight some of the error-prone steps and provide step-by-step screenshots. Hopefully it could help…

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