Azure Stack Preview 3 is available

Azure Stack is a hybrid cloud platform that lets you deliver Azure services from your organization’s datacenter. Microsoft Azure Stack Technical Preview 3 is being made available as a Proof of Concept (POC). The POC is an ideal environment for learning and demonstrating Azure Stack features.

Microsoft is also announced that Azure Stack will be available via Enterprise Agreement (EA) and Cloud Solution Provider Program (CSP) 


In addition to bug fixes and other improvements, here’s the list of new features:

  • Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) support provides identity options for scenarios where network connectivity is limited or intermittent.
  • You can use Azure Virtual Machine Scale Sets to provide managed scale out of workloads.
  • Use Azure D-Series VM sizes for increased performance and consistency.
  • Deploy and create templates with Temp Disks that are consistent with Azure.
  • Marketplace Syndication allows you to use content from the Azure Marketplace and make available in Azure Stack.
  • Isolated administrator and user portals and APIs provide enhanced security.
    Use enhanced infrastructure management functionality, such as improved alerting.
  • Using the Windows Azure Pack connector, you can view and manage IaaS virtual machines that are hosted on a Cloud Platform System (CPS) stamp. For this preview release, you can try this only with a CPS environment and additional configuration is required.

TOTD: How to turn off VMM Console auto-connect

Hi, folks!

Here is the new tip of the day with a little trick inside that can save your time.

VMM Console has an ability to auto logon to the selected VMM server with predefined credentials. It works like a charm and is a really useful feature.
But if you have more than 1 role in VMM (for instance, you are assigned to 2 different roles/tenants and don’t have a global administrator rights) auto-connect can cause some inconveniences during connection.

VMM console settings are located in registry (HKCU hive)  and with auto-logon enabled console uses the last role/VMM server address as targets.
To connect to another instance and cloud (or in some other cases) we need to turn off auto-connection (‘cause VMM won’t show you drop-list with assigned roles as available for choosing).

Unfortunately, you cannot change this behavior from GUI (VMM starts connection without any timeouts on it’s execution)..but PowerShell and registry can help us. Update: see the comment from Michiel 🙂

To quickly revert auto-connect settings back to default just run these lines from PS:

#Path for AutoConnect string key
$path='HKCU:\Software\Microsoft\Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager Administrator Con

#Turns off AutoConnect in VMM Console
Set-ItemProperty -Path $path -Name AutoConnect -Value $false

Note: administrator rights are not required

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