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Archive for January, 2016

Enabling AzureStack test enviroment using Nested Hyper-V

Categories: AzureStack, Hyper-V, Nested, Unsupported
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So with preview software the 2nd thing to do is go down the unspported/untested path

So after baremetal deployment on a few different host we move on to do nested AzureStack install , this is to enable faster deployment and rollback when we break something on purpose to test.

But always follow support guide lines for testing and use a dedicated phsycial machine , (we does this on mutiple other install in our testing setup)

Time from VM creation to AzureStack running 2 hours 15 minutes Smile

NOTE : Do not count this as stability testing always use supported hardware for that

So say Hello to our Little VM


16 Cores , 256Gb Memory , 5 drives at 300G

Invoke-WebRequest -OutFile ~/Enable-NestedVm.ps1

~/Enable-NestedVm.ps1 -VmName “STACK10”

Enable it for nesting Hyper-V


Install a Windows Server TP4 with US locales


For now GUI only (Sorry Snover)


And we can see all our drives


Add a static IP address and add DNS/Gateway for access to Azure Active Directory


And rename to the next stack install Smile


I prefeer to online the drives and initialize them



Time to jump to Azure Active Directory and create a tenant admin user


Extract the 9GB file and run the Azure Stack Installer


This leaves us with a few files Smile


Add local credentials , and verify that all prereq are met , note the space warning is not seen on bare metal installs , need to see if its because the drives are initialised but everything is fine for install


Sign in with the Azure Active Directory Admin user


And accept the AAD


And we are ready to install


Installer is a very very cool powershell scripts series that does everything for us , it reboots a few times but signing on gives us the progress bar


First off is creating a domain , and joining the host to it


After that a Virtual Disk is created through storage spaces


And 2 hours later we are done Smile


And ready to roll

and while we are playing we might as well dedupe it


Smile , not really fair as there are many other installs on the same host but still fun Smile

Upgrading Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics from 1.4 to version 1.5

Categories: AD, ATA, Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics
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Our experience upgrading Microsoft ATA to version 1.5


Follow these steps to update to ATA version 1.5:

1.Download update 1.5

2.Update the ATA Center

3.Download the updated ATA Gateway package

4.Update the ATA Gateways

We did a prodcution upgrade of our ATA installation , and ratined data to avoid relearing everything

After the upgrade of the central ATA server we jumped into the ATA console


Health Center says System Healthy but a drill down to configuration shows that all gateways are outdated as step 4 wasn’t completed


So configuration shows all gateways needs a update


And since this is one of the first upgrades everything is handled manually


Update is 30 seconds in our environment


Gateways goes into not synced and after a few seconds its synced correctly and we can continue with the next gateways


And repeat times 4 , we had one gateway that needed a reboot


And we now have ATA running version 1.5 ready to detect once again

Overall very smooth installation and in our small environment we have less than an hour downtime for upgrading to a never and better install.

Personally I would love the system heath to report on the main screen that gateways needs update , if this is handled from separate teams in a large org it could be help full on the main screen

Playing with Data Protection Manager and Deduplication in Widows Server 2016

Categories: Data Protection Manager, Deduplication, Hyper-V, Windows Server 2016
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In this perfect world setup i created 100VM using powershell and powershell direct , they each have a roughtly 10gb disk usage

Due to the way DPM currently uses disk space we have consumed 2tb disk space



We have assigned 5 drives at 512gb each and usage is now at 80%


The drives are thin provisioned through Hyper-V so data fill isnt anywhere near whats reported in DPM


And we can see that DPM allocated alot of whitespace so there is room to grov

So just with using virtual DPM servers we have roughly 1tb disk usage compated to 2tb , so virtual gives us a 50% saving



And we now enable deduplication and start the process


again perfect world , 100->1 in deduplication Smile