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#MVPLABSerie Azure Update Management Center (Preview) and #AzureArc enabled Servers #AzureHybrid

Microsoft Azure Update Management Center (Preview)

Update management center (preview) is a unified service to help manage and govern updates for all your machines. You can monitor Windows and Linux update compliance across your deployments in Azure, on-premises, and on the other cloud platforms from a single dashboard. Using Update management center (preview), you can make updates in real-time or schedule them within a defined maintenance window. Here you can find more information about Azure Update Management Center

In the following step-by-step guide, we will start with Azure Update Management Center (Preview) and Microsoft Azure Arc enabled Windows Servers running on-premises in my mvplab.local domain.

With getting started you can configure the environment.

I start here with my Azure Arc enabled Storage Server.

You have options like Hotpatch

We Check manually for Updates on Windows Server mvpstore01
Click on OK for Assessment.

Here are the Windows Server Security updates.
You can click on One-time-Update
But first we look in Update Management Center.

Here you see the Pending Windows Updates in Azure Update Management Center
Open query 

Microsoft Azure Resource Graph Explorer can be really powerful tool

When you have to manage many Windows Servers you can get the status
of these Azure Arc enabled servers and export the results into a CSV file.
Here you find some Azure Resource Graph Explorer queries

Now we start to Install One-time Updates.

Include Update Classification
Click on Add

Click on Next

Select the option if you want to reboot or not.

Review and Install

Updates installed on the Azure Arc Enabled Windows Server.

In Azure Update Management Center Overview Dashboard
you can see that one machine is completed.

For Monitoring you can make your own workbooks.

I like this History, to see if updates are successful or not.

Conclusion

Microsoft Azure Update Management Center is still in Preview but it’s a new way to manage all of your updates on your Servers on-premises with Azure Arc enabled, or on Azure Cloud, but also in other Clouds if you want. One Update Management Center from the Azure Portal is Awesome to work with and gives you control and overview of your update compliance in your datacenter(s).
Important: This Great tool is still in preview and not for production environments yet until it’s made GA by Microsoft and you have the full support on this awesome management tool.

JOIN Azure Hybrid Community Group on LinkedIn

 


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Security Baseline for Azure Arc enabled Servers and Arc Kubernetes #AzureHybrid #Security

Azure Arc Enabled Server network connectivity.

Baseline security is very important to have that in place to keep your Servers more secure in your datacenter. You want Hybrid Servers like Azure Arc enabled servers for example to be secure running in your datacenter. This begins to secure and have up-to-date Server hardware running in your datacenter. Monitor for security updates and install Server hardware based on best practices from the vendor.
Then the Operating System like Windows Server 2022 standard needs the OS Baseline security. This is called:

Microsoft Security Compliance Toolkit 1.0

When your Windows Servers are security compliant by the rules of the company and/or Security Officer, then we can have a look at the Well Architected Framework (WAF) for Azure Arc Enabled Servers.  Here you find an

Introduction to Azure Arc landing zone accelerator for hybrid and multicloud

Azure Arc Single Control Plane.

This security baseline applies guidance from the Microsoft cloud security benchmark version 1.0 to Azure Arc-enabled servers. The Microsoft cloud security benchmark provides recommendations on how you can secure your cloud solutions on Azure. The content is grouped by the security controls defined by the Microsoft cloud security benchmark and the related guidance applicable to Azure Arc-enabled servers.

Security by Default in your Datacenter

Here you find more information about Azure Security Baseline for Azure Arc enabled Servers.

Here you find more information about Azure Security Baseline for Azure Arc enabled Kubernetes.

Security by Design with Azure Security Center and Azure Defender

Azure Arc Jumpstart

When you have read about Azure Arc Well Architected Framework (WAF) and you have your security in place, we can start with Microsoft Azure Arc.
Before you start implementing Azure Arc, you must have seen this Awesome website of Azure Arc Jumpstart!

The Azure Arc Jumpstart is designed to provide a “zero to hero” experience so you can start working with Azure Arc right away!

The Jumpstart provides step-by-step guides for independent Azure Arc scenarios that incorporate as much automation as possible, detailed screenshots and code samples, and a rich and comprehensive experience while getting started with the Azure Arc platform.
Our goal is for you to have a working Azure Arc environment spun-up in no time so you can focus on the core values of the platform, regardless of where your infrastructure may be, either on-premises or in the cloud.

Here you find my MVPLABSerie Azure Hybrid with Arc Enabled Windows Servers on-premises blog 

 

Conclusion

You can manage your compliance and security policies with Azure Arc enabled Servers, Kubernetes, or SQL Managed instances to make your hybrid solutions with
the Microsoft Azure Cloud in a secure environment.  When you work with security by design based on OSI model with 7 security layers and use Microsoft Arc enabled servers, you get also more Azure Hybrid security features like Azure Defender for Cloud, and much more.
Don’t forget the Microsoft Azure Arc Community Monthly Meetup

 


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#MVPLABSerie Azure Arc enabled Servers #AzureHybrid

Azure Arc Infrastructure overview

In the last blogpost of MVPLABSerie we learned how to add Servers from anywhere to Microsoft Azure Arc services to get the Azure Hybrid benefit with awesome features and Management tools. you can find that blogpost over here:

MVPLABSerie Azure Hybrid with Arc Enabled Windows Servers on-premises

So with this I have added my on-premises Windows Insider Servers to Microsoft Azure Arc:

Connected Azure Arc Servers

In the following steps we are going to add Windows Admin Center to the Arc enabled Windows Servers on-premises.
Here you can read more about Azure Arc-enabled Servers using Windows Admin Center in Azure (preview)

With Windows Admin Center in the Azure Portal you can manage the Windows Server operating system of your Arc-enabled servers, known as hybrid machines. You can securely manage hybrid machines from anywhere–without needing a VPN, public IP address, or other inbound connectivity to your machine.

Open Servers and open your Azure Arc Enabled Server.

First of all we have to add the right Role assignment.
Click on Access Control on the Left.
Click on Add => Add Role Assignment.

Here you have to add the following Role Assignment.
Windows Admin Center Administrator Login.
Add this to your account

When the account is done, then go to Windows Admin Center (Preview)
on the left panel. Click then on Setup.

Click on Install

Setup Successfully!

Now you can Connect your Azure Arc Enabled Windows Server.

Here we have my Storage Windows Insider Server in mvplab.local domain.
From here you can do your IT Management with WAC.

Remote PowerShell on Azure Arc enabled Server.

Microsoft Azure Arc Insights Monitoring and Log Analytics

For IT Management and troubleshooting, monitoring and getting Insights is important to act quickly to keep the business and IT solutions running. With Azure Arc Insights you can see with Maps the connections of the Windows Server.

Azure Arc Insights with Map.
See also the Quick Link to Connection details

This is a really cool overview of your connections.
Here you can see if you have a Malicious connection!

Microsoft Azure Arc Log Analytics is very Powerful
Here you find more information about Log Analytics

Here I do a Query on the Arc Enabled Server mvpstore01
Update Summary.

There are a lot of Log Analytics queries to play with and mark them as your favorite for your Arc enabled Windows Server 😉

In the following blogpost we will have a closer look at Microsoft Azure Auto Manage and Update Management Center for
Microsoft Azure Arc enabled Windows Servers. We will not forget Security with Azure Defender for Cloud coming in the next blogposts.

Conclusion

With Microsoft Azure Arc enabled Servers you get a Microsoft Azure Hybrid environment with Great features and solutions.
Some features are still in preview and not supported for production workloads, but you can test them now like I do with my mvplab.local
This new innovative technology is going fast forward for Azure Hybrid Services to Manage your Windows Servers, Azure Stack HCI Clusters or your Linux virtual Machines. Azure Arc rocks and you can connect Microsoft Azure Anywhere 🙂


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Windows Dev Kit 2023 aka Project #Volterra #Windows11 #developers #DevOps

Windows Dev Kit 2023 Project Volterra

Windows Dev Kit 2023 is an Arm-powered device built by Windows developers for Windows developers. Everything you need to develop Windows apps for Arm, on Arm. Powerful AI. All on one device.  

More information here about the Windows Dev Kit 2023

You can purchase the dev kit here.  


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#MVPLABSerie Azure Hybrid with Arc Enabled Windows Servers on-premises #AzureHybrid #Winserv

Microsoft Azure Hybrid with Arc enabled Servers

the last MVPLABSerie blogposts was about Windows Servers Insider with mvplab.local domain and SQL Clustering on-premises :

Today every company wants to benefit from Cloud to achieve more for the business. Microsoft made Azure Arc to simplify governance and management by delivering a consistent multi-cloud and on-premises management platform.

Microsoft Azure Hybrid

In the following steps we are going to onboard the Windows Insider Servers and Windows 11 Insider Beta Virtual Machine which are running in mvplab.local domain into the Microsoft Azure Cloud. We will install the Azure Connected Machine Agent via a PowerShell Script in the next steps :

Login in the Azure Portal

1. Search for azure arc
2. Click on Azure Arc.

Getting Started with Azure Arc

Click on Servers and then Click on Add.

Here you can Choose for the right script.
I choose for Add Multiple Servers with a Service Principle.
Click on Generate Script.

Read the prerequisites access to port 443.
view Outbound URLs link.
Click Next

Select the right Azure Subscription and Resource Group.
Select your Azure Region.
Select Operating System
Select the Connectivity method.
Click on Next

If you don’t have a Azure Service principal, you can create one here.

Click on Create Service principal.

Create your Service Principal

Copy your Client ID and Client Secret !
You need this later.

Select the just created Service Principal.

Here you can Tag the Arc Servers.
Here you can read more about Tagging
Click on Next

Choose the Deployment method :
Basic Script or Configuration Manager ( I choose for Basic)
Download the Script

I have copied the script to my Domain Controller On-premises here.

Open with PowerShell ISE the OnboardingScript.ps1
and Copy / Paste your
Service Principal Client ID and Secret here in the Script.
Click on save and run the script.

Start PowerShell in Admin modus

Run Script .\OnboardingScript.ps1

Server is connected with Azure 🙂

Here is the Azure Arc Enabled Server, my Domain Controller.

Here I have all the Azure Arc Capabilities available for my Domain Controller.
Azure Hybrid

With the Same Script I added the mvplab.local Windows Insider Servers to Azure
They are all Azure Arc Enabled Servers.

On all Azure Arc enabled Servers is the Azure Connected Machine Agent installed.

Conclusion

In a simple way you can deploy Azure Arc agent on your on-premises Servers to make them Azure Arc Enabled so you can enjoy the Azure Hybrid features from the Cloud. IT management and Security from Azure becomes available for your on-premises Servers.
It’s not only Infrastructure but also Data Services and Application Services what you can use for your Azure Hybrid Solution.
In the next Blogpost we will have a look at the Microsoft Azure Arc Features in my mvplab.local domain.


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MVPLAB Serie Installing SCOM 2022 Web Console for Monitoring #SCOM #MVPLABSerie

Microsoft System Center 2022 Operations Manager Web Console

In the Last Blogpost MVPLAB Serie we installed Microsoft System Center 2022 Operations Manager on a Windows Insider SQL Cluster for testing and monitoring. You can find that blogpost here

Before we install Microsoft System Center 2022 Operations Manager Web Console, you should have a look at the requirements of SCOM 2022 Web Console for the IIS settings and features.
In the following steps we will install SCOM 2022 Web Console

First of all you have to install the IIS Features.
See the Microsoft Docs.

Don’t worry if you missed a setting, Microsoft did make a requirements check in the installation procedure before you can move on with the installation of SCOM 2022 Web Console. You will see later.

Run the setup as Administrator of the SCOM 2022 software ISO.

Select Web Console.
Click on Next.

This is what I mean by forgetting a feature Role.
Install the feature Role.
Verify prerequisites again.
Then Click Next.

All Prerequisites have passed.
Click on Next.

Here you can select your website and activate SSL
More information about Configuring Authentication for the Web Console

Click on Next

Select your Authentication
Click on Next.

Read the Diagnostic and Usage Data
Click on Next

Check if the Installation Summary is good.
Click on Install

Setup is Completed

SCOM 2022 Web Console is running

Now you can configure your Microsoft System Center 2022 Operations Manager monitoring with the right Management Packs installed via your Edge web browser to get monitoring and alerts in place. Here you find more information about SCOM Management Packs

Now we have in our MVPLAB On-premises Datacenter everything running, we will have a look at Microsoft Azure Hybrid benefit in the following MVPLAB Series. Think about Microsoft Azure Arc Services, Security and more.


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MVPLAB Serie Installing SCOM 2022 monitoring with SQL Cluster #SCOM #MVPBuzz

System Center 2022 Operations Manager (SCOM)

Before we can install Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2022 in my mvplab.local domain, I installed the following:

Installing Operations Manager creates a management group. The management group is the basic unit of functionality. At a minimum, a management group consists of a management server, the operational database, and the reporting data warehouse database.

  • The management server is the focal point for administering the management group and communicating with the database. When you open the Operations console and connect to a management group, you connect to a management server for that management group. Depending on the size of your computing environment, a management group can contain a single management server or multiple management servers.
  • The operational database is a SQL Server database that contains all configuration data for the management group and stores all monitoring data that is collected and processed for the management group. The operational database retains short-term data, by default 7 days.
  • The data warehouse database is a SQL Server database that stores monitoring and alerting data for historical purposes. Data that is written to the Operations Manager database is also written to the data warehouse database, so reports always contain current data. The data warehouse database retains long-term data.

When Operations Manager reporting functionality is installed, the management group also contains a Reporting server which builds and presents reports from data in the data warehouse database.

These core components of a management group can exist on a single server, or they can be distributed across multiple servers, as shown in the following image.

In my Test LAB mvplab.local I will install the Management Server on a Windows Server Insider member Server and the Operational Database with the Data Warehouse Database on the SQL Cluster Instance. Here you find more Microsoft Information about System Center 2022 Operations Manager

Architecture SCOM 2022

IMPORTANT : In my MVPLAB I’m working with Windows Server Insider Preview Builds and with SQL Server 2022 CTP2.1 Preview version on a Cluster and is not supported yet for Production workloads, then you have to wait for Microsoft to make it General Available!

Now we have a SQL Cluster Instance running in my mvplab.local domain, I’m going to install Microsoft System Center 2022 Operations Manager (SCOM) for monitoring in the following step-by-step guide :

Run SCOM_2022 as Administrator

Click on Next

Click on Accept the Agreement.
Click on Next

Extract the files to your location.
Click on Next

Click on Extract

Completed Click on Finish

Run Setup

Click on Install

I’m installing only the Management Server and Operations Console.
When this was Production I would install every feature on separated Servers with
two Management Servers.
Click on Next

Select installation location
Click on Next

Click on Next

Give your Management Group a Name.
Click on Next

Agree with the License Terms.
Click on Next

Select de SQL Instance and Port.
Set Database Size.
and Data File Folders.
Click on Next

Here you can select de Instance for data warehouse database.
Click Next

Select the Service accounts
Click on Next

Click on Next

Check the Summary.
Click on Install

SCOM 2022 Installation in Progress.

Processing

SCOM License we set later.

I have installed both databases in one SQL Instance for in my MVPLAB.

 

System Center 2022 Operations Manager (SCOM)

Now you can Configure the Management Packs in SCOM for your environment and set the Alerts. More information about System Center 2022 Operations Manager can you find here :

What’s New in Operations Manager

What is in an Operations Manager management pack?

Microsoft System Center Blog on MS Tech Community

In the following MVPLAB Serie Blogpost I will Install Microsoft System Center Operations Manager Web Server 2022 for Monitoring with your web browser.


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MVPLAB Serie Installing SQL Server 2022 CTP on Windows Server Insider Cluster #SQLServer #WIMVP

SQL Server 2022 CTP2.1

In this blogpost of MVPLAB Serie, we are going to install Microsoft SQL Server 2022 CTP2.1 on my Windows Server Insider Preview Cluster in mvplab.local domain. Before this blogpost I installed the following basics in mvplab.local domain :

Now we are going to install the Backend of the datacenter, and that is SQL Server 2022 CTP2.1 on a Cluster resource with the first SQL Instance for databases which is High Available (HA).

First we download SQL Server 2022 CTP2.1

SQL Server 2022 Preview is the most Azure-enabled release of SQL Server yet, with continued innovation in security, availability, and performance.

  • Integration with Azure Synapse Link and Azure Purview enables customers to drive deeper insights, predictions, and governance from their data at scale.
  • Cloud integration is enhanced with disaster recovery (DR) to Azure SQL Managed Instance, along with no-ETL (extract, transform, and load) connections to cloud analytics, which allow database administrators to manage their data estates with greater flexibility and minimal impact to the end-user.
  • Performance and scalability are automatically enhanced via built-in query intelligence.
  • There is choice and flexibility across languages and platforms, including Linux, Windows, and Kubernetes.

Mount the ISO file and Copy the files to a local disk location, then run Setup as Administrator with your personal Domain Administrator Account to install SQL Server 2022 CTP2.1. Before the installation read Configure Cluster accounts in Active Directory (AD)

Click on Yes.

Click on the left on Installation
Then Click on New SQL Server Failover Cluster Installation

Here I choose for the Developer edition.
Click on Next

Accept the License terms
Click on Next

Check for Updates (recommended)
Click on Next

Check the Warnings and solve issues.
Click on Next

I Installed only the default for SQL Database.
(You can install later Shared SQL Features if you need them.)
Click on Next

Specify a network name for the New SQL Server Failover Cluster.
mvpsql01
Click on Named Instance and type INSTANCE01
Click on Next

Click on Next

Select your Cluster disk
Click on Next

Select IPv4 and type the IP-Address of your Cluster Resource
mvpsql01
Then Click on Next

Select your domain Service accounts and type the passwords.
Select if you want Maintenance Tasks privilege to your SQL Server Database Engine Service.
Click Next

Here you can add the SQL Admin Group from Active Directory (AD)
Click on top tab Data Directories

I Changed the User Database Log Directory.
Here you can set your directories.
Have a look at the Other TAB fields, I set Memory later.
When you finished all the Tabs then click Next

Check the Summary and click on Install

SQL Server 2022 CTP2.1 Installed Successfully Click on Close.

This was on the first mvpfs01.mvplab.local, now you have to do the installation on the other node mvpfs02.mvplab.local.
Here we will add a SQL Node to the Cluster.

 

Click on the left on Installation
Then Click on Add Node to a SQL Server Failover Cluster

Add Node in Progress

Add Node to SQL Server 2022 CTP2.1 Failover Cluster is Successful
Click on Close

Here you see your SQL Server 2022 CTP2.1 Cluster Instance Running in Failover Cluster Manager.

Here I installed the new Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) version 19 preview 2

Connecting the High Available SQL 2022 CTP2.1 Cluster Resource Instance01.

And you can connect the SQL Instance with Azure Data Studio 😉

With Azure Data Studio you can install marketplace extensions working with your SQL Instance.
Here you find more information about Microsoft Azure Data Studio

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MVPLAB Serie Cluster Aware Updating – CAU for Windows Server Insider #WindowsServerInsider #MVPBuzz #Winserv

Cluster Aware Updating (CAU)

In my last MVPLAB Serie blogpost, I wrote about setting-up a Microsoft Domain mvplab.local and making a Windows Server Insider Cluster with an iSCSI Target Host Server for Shared iSCSI Storage provisioning. First thing I did was Installing Windows Admin Center for Hybrid IT Management. With WAC we can Manage the Cluster Nodes but also the Cluster, Installing new features via Windows Admin Center like Kubernetes for running Containers and microservices. But first we start with Microsoft Cluster Aware Updating to keep your Cluster up-to-date.

Windows Admin Center Cluster Manager

Installing Cluster Aware Updating

In the following steps you can see how easy it is to install Cluster Aware Updating with Windows Admin Center on your Windows Server Cluster, in my case mvpcl01.mvplab.local

Go to your Windows Server Insider Cluster

In Cluster Manager, go to Updates.
Click on Add Cluster Aware Updating Role

Successfully configured Cluster Aware Updating (CAU)

On both Cluster Nodes is the Update Available.
Click on Install

Click on Install

Look at the status to see what is happening on the Cluster Nodes.

First Cluster Node is done

Both Cluster Nodes are updated successfully.

Here you can read more about Microsoft Cluster Aware Updating

Conclusion

Microsoft Windows Admin Center is the Administrator Management tool to use in your hybrid datacenter. You see how easy it is to configure Cluster Aware Updating (CAU) on your Cluster. When you use Windows Server Core or Azure Stack HCI then Windows Admin Center is really handy instead of command-line tools or PowerShell scripting.  here you can find more information about
Cluster Aware Updating requirements and Best Practices

Here you can JOIN the Windows Admin Center Community Group on LinkedIn


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MVPLAB Serie Windows Server Insider Cluster with ISCSI Target Server #WindowsServerInsider #Winserv

mvplab.local Domain

I have made a new MVPLAB with Microsoft Windows Server Insider Preview Build 25158 to install Services and Features for learning but also to give Microsoft feedback about the products. When the MVPLAB domain and Clusters are ready in basic then I can use new Microsoft Azure Hybrid solutions as well, like Azure Arc Kubernetes services and Azure Cloud Defender for Servers and SQL.
Before we start, you need to become a Windows Server Insider so that you can download the newest Windows Server Insider Builds ISO.
Here you get more information for the Windows Server Insider Program registration 

After the free registration you can download the new Microsoft Windows Server Insider Builds here :

While I’m writing a new blogpost, Microsoft published a new Build 25169.
Here you can download the ISO or VHDX file

To Build your Test and innovation LAB with the newest Microsoft technologies, you need a platform to Build on. Of course Microsoft Azure Cloud Services is Awesome to work with and Great to make test environments but I like to make a Azure Hybrid scenario with Azure Cloud and On-premises datacenter services like for example a Microsoft SQL Cluster with Cluster resources / Instances.
So my MVPLAB will be Azure Hybrid and for On-premises I use Windows Server Hyper-V to make virtual servers.

It’s Great when your hardware provider like Dell is Microsoft Azure Stack HCI compliant to build your Hyper Converged Infrastructure in your on-premises datacenter.

Microsoft Azure Stack HCI Solution

When you work with Microsoft Azure and Azure Stack HCI, you really need Windows Admin Center for Hybrid IT Management.
This is a Great Administrator tool for managing your Windows Servers, Clusters, Azure Stack HCI, and Azure VM’s in a Hybrid environment.

Windows Admin Center Cluster Overview

Now that we have everything and Hyper-V is running, we will build the Following Windows Servers with the Insider Preview Build:

  • MVPDC01 ( the first domain controller for mvplab.local domain )
  • MVPStore01 ( ISCSI Target Host for deploying ISCSI Virtual Disks to my Cluster)
  • MVPFS01 ( Cluster Node 01 of Cluster MVPCL01 )
  • MVPFS02 ( Cluster Node 02 of Cluster MVPCL01 )

I install all the virtual servers with 50GB local harddisk for OS and start with 4GB of Dynamic Memory and a Nic.
Only the Cluster nodes get two Nics (One for Heartbeat of the Cluster)
This is for my MVPLAB, but for Production environments I always start with 3 Nics ( 1 = Production 2 = Heartbeat 3 = Storage )

In Hyper-V we make a New Virtual Machine with these specifications and we attach the Windows Server Insider Preview Build ISO.
We install Windows Server Insider Preview Build default and after the installation we set the NIC IP-Address on static and gave the Server the name MVPDC01. Then I installed all the Windows Updates, and after that I started Server Manager to install the Active Directory Feature :

Active Directory just follow the wizard and don’t forget to run DCPromo to
build your domain.

Active Directory and DNS is running locally like
mvplab.local

So now is my domain and DNS running in my MVPLAB, but what do I need more first to build a Windows Server Insider Cluster?
We need Shared storage, so we build a Windows Server Insider ISCSI Target Host to provision Shared VHD’s via ISCSI Initiator to the Cluster Nodes.

The Next member Windows Server Insider is MVPStore01.mvplab.local joined in our new domain. Here I installed the iSCSI Host features:

Start Server Manager and the Add Server role :
– iSCSI Target Server
– iSCSI Target Storage Provider

Click on Install

In Hyper-V Settings of the Virtual Machine MVPStore01, I have installed a extra disk of 25GB so that we can use that for iSCSI Target Host which is now running on this Server. Now we can provision storage when the new Windows Server Insider Cluster MVPCL01.mvplab.local is installed with the iSCSI Initiator to get Cluster storage. So now we are first going to build a Windows Server Insider Cluster and after that we will provision the Cluster Storage.

Installing a Windows Server Cluster with Insider preview Build 25158.

I deployed two member servers MVPFS01.mvplab.local and MVPFS02.mvplab.local into the new domain. they have static IP-Address and are working fine with DNS resolving. On both Servers I installed the Feature Failover Clustering

Failover Clustering Installed.

from here we are going to install the new Windows Server Insider Cluster MVPCL01.mvplab.local

Start Failover Cluster Manager.
Create Cluster.

Click on Next

select the two new Cluster Nodes
Click on Next

Select Yes, run configuration validation tests
Click on Next

Click on Next

Run all tests
Click Next

Confirmation
Click Next

Type in the new Cluster name => mvpcl01
IP-Address => 192.168.2.43
Click Next

Confirmation
Click on Next

Creating Cluster….

We now have a Cluster mvpcl01.mvplab.local running, but without storage and without the witness disk. the iSCSI initiator is running on both Cluster nodes, so now we have to provision storage to the Cluster via the iSCSI Target Host MVPStore01.mvplab.local.

iSCSI Storage provisioning to Windows Server Insider Cluster

via the Server Manager of the iSCSI Target host, we are going to create a new iSCSI Virtual Disk for both Cluster Nodes :

Click on New iSCSI Virtual Disk

iSCSI Virtual Disk Name
Click on Next

Type in the Size I’m using 20GB of 24,9 because I need also a Quorum disk for the Cluster.
Select Fixed Size.
Click on Next.

New iSCSI Target
Click on Next

Give the iSCSI Target a Name
Click on Next

Add the Access Servers via iSCSI Initiator
Click on Next

Here you can set Authentication if you want.
Click on Next

Confirmation
Click on Create

the iSCSI Virtual Disk is successfully created.

the iSCSI Target VHD is not connected yet.
Now we connect with iSCSI Initiator from the Cluster Nodes.
The work on iSCSI Taget Host MVPStore01.mvplab.local is Done.

When you start the iSCSI Initiator it will set the services and the firewall settings on the Server.
You have to do this on both Cluster nodes.

First we add the Target portal and that is our iSCSI Taget Host MVPStore01.mvplab.local with
IP-Address 192.168.2.46 with port 3260.
This is under the discovery tab.

Select Targets tab
you see the Target mvpstore01 Inactive.
Select and click on Connect.

If you had Multi-path IO running, you could enable Multipath too.
Click on Ok

The iSCSI Taget Virtual Disk is connected.

On the iSCSI Target Host MVPStore01.mvplab.local is the target now also in Connected status.

You now can now bring the 20GB disk Online via Disk Management and give it a drive letter
for the Cluster.
Then you can add the 20GB disk via Storage of Cluster Manager tool.

 

 

You can make Cluster Shared Volume.

I made a Cluster for a SQL Instance and I made
a 2GB iSCSI Taget VHD for the Witness Disk.

So Now we have Cluster storage running and failovers are working, now we need to configure Quorum witness disk via
Failover Cluster Manager.

Go to more actions on the Cluster.
Configure Cluster Quorum

Click on Next

Select the quorum witness
Click on Next

You can configure your witness on different locations.
I will select our 2GB witness disk on our Cluster

Select the Quorum disk
Click on Next

Confirmation
Click on Next

You have successfully configured the quorum settings for the Cluster
Click on Finish

Witness disk is running.

So my Microsoft Windows Server Insider Cluster is ready for workloads, if you want to you can run a Cluster validation to see
if everything is okay. Now my MVPLAB is ready for the next installation on my Cluster and that is :

Installing the Newest SQL Server 2022 CTP2.1 on my Windows Server Insider Cluster.

But that will be a next Blogpost : Installing SQL Server 2022 CTP2.1 on a Windows Server Cluster 😉
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