Thank You TechEd Europe 2014!

Hello Readers and Viewers! Quite a few Enterprise Cloud Group CAT Team Members / Building Clouds Bloggers were speakers at TechEd Europe this year! On behalf of the team, I would like to express our appreciation to the many thousands of attendees that showed up ready to learn and experience everything TechEd had to offer… Read more

Public IP Address Requirements within a Windows Azure Pack environment

Introduction Hello everyone, this is Kenon Owens from the Windows Server and System Center CAT Team in Asia Pacific. I created this post as I have been working with customers recently who asked this question, and since they have, I am guessing more of you have the same or similar question. Whether you are a… Read more

Contoso Labs-Rack Design – Part 1

Contoso Labs Series – Table of Contents Now that we have all of our equipment, we need to figure out what our deployment footprint looks like. It’s worth noting that while we’re discussing this like it was a linear process, this is actually one of the many interdependencies we had to manage during the planning… Read more

Contoso Labs-Network Purchasing (Device Types)

Contoso Labs Series – Table of Contents Now that Cisco has been chosen as the vendor for our network, we need to identify the layers of our network fabric, and the devices to be used in those roles. We’ll have a 3-level network topology when done. Some devices will act as leaf node top-of-rack switches…. Read more

Contoso Labs-Network Purchasing (Vendor)

Contoso Labs Series – Table of Contents Now that our storage is straightened out, it’s time to set our sights on network gear. As was mentioned earlier, this entire project is operating as an independent entity from Microsoft’s normal IT operations. There’s no shared network, authentication, or any kind of IT services at all. We’ll… Read more

Contoso Labs-Storage Purchasing (SAS config)

Contoso Labs Series – Table of Contents Now that we’ve got our JBODs and our file servers, we need to tackle an underappreciated aspect of this solution: The SAS connectivity itself. How Many? After discussing our configuration and layout with folks inside of Microsoft with serious experience in Storage Spaces, we learned that having as… Read more

Contoso Labs-Storage Purchasing (File Servers)

Contoso Labs Series – Table of Contents Now that we have our JBOD’s identified, we needed to decide what we were connecting them to. We seriously considered using some of our compute nodes as file server heads, but quickly ran into insurmountable problems. Precious I/O We designed our Scale-Out File Server clusters to serve 72… Read more

Contoso Labs-Storage Purchasing (JBODs)

Contoso Labs Series – Table of Contents Today we’re looping back to our first decision point: Storage. We already made our commitment to Storage Spaces on JBODs, now we had to find the right parts and vendors to fit our needs and build a good solution. JBODs Our search had to start with the JBODs… Read more

Contoso Labs-Fabric Choices (Network)

Contoso Labs Series – Table of Contents In the prior post, we discussed how our major decision revolved around storage. The choices we made there would dictate the cost of the rest of the solution, so we had to make a decision there first, and carefully at that. Once we knew we’d be using Scale-Out… Read more

Contoso Labs-Fabric Choices (Storage)

Contoso Labs Series – Table of Contents The first step on the way to defining our architecture is designing our fabric. That involves taking the goals, users, services, and resources we talked about in previously, and then figuring out the optimal deployment configuration. Storage Choices Came First It quickly became apparent in our discussions that… Read more