Update Rollup 10 For System Center 2012 R2

New rollup for System Center 2012 R2 is available. It brings improvements and fixes for VMM, DPM , SPF and Azure Pack. You can install them by Windows Update or download manually using the links below (see each component article to obtain specific installation instructions)

Name LINK
Data Protection Manager https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3143871
Orchestrator
Operations Manager
Service Manager
Service Provider Foundation https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3147172
Virtual Machine Manager https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3147167
WAP https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3158609
WAP Web Sites

The following issues are fixed in Windows Azure Pack:

  • Windows Server 2016 only: Support for Encryption Supported VMs. Windows Server 2016, Virtual Machine Manager and Service Provider Foundation provide support for Encrypted Supported VMs, now WAP provides support for the three type of VMs in Windows Server 2016: regular VMs, Shielded VMs, and Encryption Supported VMs.
  • Windows Server 2016 only: Fix to incorrect Format of volume Signature in PDK File downloaded through WAP.
  • When a tenant updates a VM Size, the Hardware Profile ID is passed along to the SPF/VMM Virtual Machine Update event, allowing custom runbooks to change other properties as necessary.
  • Fix to Virtual Network property labels in the Quota page. The quotas for “Site-to-Site VPN” and “External IP addresses” labels in the Admin Portal VM Resource Provider are misleading because they read “per network.” They actually are “per subscription.”
  • Fix: When you update the VM Cloud Resource Provider, a duplicate Port setting is added leading ManagementOData to fail and return an error message that reads, “An item with the same key has already been added.”
  • Ability for the tenant user to add a network adapter to a VM while the VM is running. In UR 9.1 and previous versions, new NICs could be added only after the VM was stopped.
  • Ability for the WAP Admin to include a SQL Server into multiple availability groups for HA configurations.
  • Ability for the WAP Admin to include a server that’s running Microsoft SQL Server into multiple availability groups for HA configurations.
  • Ability for the WAP user to enable the “Always On” feature of WAP websites.

For VMM please see the “Known issues from previous update rollups” and do workarounds if some mentioned issues take place

Step-by-step installation of Windows Azure Pack

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Hi, folks!

This is the second part of series of posts related with Windows Azure Pack (WAP) and VMM Clouds.

Article 1 : SPF installation

Article 2 : WAP and its optional resources (you are here)

Article 3: WAP+VM Cloud Service

Microsoft uses the following description of Windows Azure Pack (WAP):

Windows Azure Pack for Windows Server is a collection of Windows Azure technologies, available to Microsoft customers at no additional cost for installation into your data center. It runs on top of Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2 and, through the use of the Windows Azure technologies, enables you to offer a rich, self-service, multi-tenant cloud, consistent with the public Windows Azure experience.

Windows Azure Pack includes the following capabilities:

WAP:

  • Management portal for tenants – a customizable self-service portal for provisioning, monitoring, and managing services such as Web Site Clouds, Virtual Machine Clouds, and Service Bus Clouds.
  • Management portal for administrators – a portal for administrators to configure and manage resource clouds, user accounts, and tenant offers, quotas, and pricing.
  • Authentication sites – these sites provide authentication services for the management portal for administrators and the management portal for tenants.  Windows Authentication + ADFS for Admins Sites and ASP.NET provider for tenants
  • Service management API – a REST API that helps enable a range of integration scenarios including custom portal and billing systems.

Optional Resources:

  • Web Site Clouds – a service that helps provide a high-density, scalable shared web hosting platform for ASP.NET, PHP, and Node.js web applications. The Web Site Clouds service includes a customizable web application gallery of open source web applications and integration with source control systems for custom-developed web sites and applications.
  • Virtual Machine Clouds – a service that provides infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) capabilities for Windows and Linux virtual machines. The Virtual Machine Clouds service includes a VM template gallery, scaling options, and virtual networking capabilities.
  • Service Bus Clouds – a service that provides reliable messaging services between distributed applications. The Service Bus Clouds service includes queued and topic-based publish/subscribe capabilities.
  • SQL and MySQL – services that provide database instances. These databases can be used in conjunction with the Web Sites service.
  • Automation – the capability to automate and integrate additional custom services into the services framework, including a runbook editor and execution environment.
  • Optional resource = what you are going to connect with WAP (for example, VMM cloud).
  • Required components = Windows Azure Pack components which you install on one machine (express) or on multiple machines (distributed)

In other words, WAP is interface between your resources and tenants=clients. It’s a great solution for all client-oriented company and to start providing cloud resources to customers without any additional cost. On the following picture you can see the main components of WAP , cloud components and optional resources. WAP can be deployed in 2 different ways – express and distributed. In the express deployment you install all WAP components on one machine and it’s recommended only for test or demo environments. If you want to have WAP in your production , you should use distributed deployment . In such a deployment, WAP required and optional components are installed on multiple machines.

Windows Azure Pack Scheme

We’ll go through the step-by-step WAP Express installation

Required VM

1 VM (2012/2012R2, 8 Gb static RAM, at least 40 GB hard disk space, 2 vCPU, internet connection) for Windows Azure Pack Components

1 VM (2012/2012R2)  for SQL Server 2012 SP1

Required software for WAP

  • Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP 1
Install-WindowsFeature -name NET-Framework-Core -source <drive>:\sources\sxs
  • .NET 4.5 Extended (WAP Wizard installs automatically)
  • IIS recommended configuration (WAP wizard installs automatically)
  • Download WAP_SingleMachineInstallation (only for express deployment) and place exe on WAP VM
  • Download Windows Web Platform (can be used for distributed and express deployments as well)
  • Turn off Internet Explorer Enhanced Security for administrators (server manager –> local server)

Deployment steps

1. On the VM for WAP run downloaded WAP_SingleMachineInstallation.exe

Windows Azure Pack Installation

2. Click to “Items to be installed” , verify items to be installed and click Close

Windows Azure Pack Installation

3. Accept license terms

Windows Azure Pack Installation

4. Use Microsoft Update when I check for updates – YES, click Continue

Windows Azure Pack Installation

5.Wait while wizard downloads and installs all required WAP components

Windows Azure Pack Installation

6.Click on “Continue

Windows Azure Pack Installation

7.Click Finish

Windows Azure Pack Installation

8. On the opened page in the IE (https://wapportal:30101) define  SQL Server name, type of authentication and passphrase for Configuration Store

Windows Azure Pack Installation

9.Yes, I am …

Windows Azure Pack Installation

10. Configure all features

Windows Azure Pack Installation

11. Wait while wizard completes configuration of features

Windows Azure Pack Installation

12. Verify IIS sites (win+r –> intemgr), MgmtSvc-… are WAP’s sites.

Windows Azure Pack IIS sites

13. Add WAP admin+tenant sites to start screen (win+q –> type windows azure and pin to start)

Windows Azure Pack Start Screen

14. Go to WU and install the latest updates for WAP Components (UR4 for SC 2012 R2 is the latest for now)

15. If you open https://wapportal:30101 again, you should see that WAP is already configured

Windows Azure Pack Installation

In the next post we will describe configuration of Windows Azure Pack with VM Clouds and SPF and how to troubleshoot this configuration

Related posts:

Step-by-step installation of Service Provider Foundation 2012 R2

The portal cannot load management data for this resource type and account subscription is out of sync

Windows Azure Pack: How to add and troubleshoot VM clouds