The Microsoft Platform Ready Test Tool for Windows Server 2012 R2 is designed to help test your applications for compatibility with latest platforms from Microsoft. Use this tool to achieve Application Certification for Windows Server and qualify testing status as part of the Microsoft Partner Network Competency programs. The MPR Test Tool is an automated, wizard style tool that implements technical requirements described in the Microsoft Platform Ready Test Requirements Criteria document. This tool is also recommended for Customers to evaluate third party applications and for testing Line of Business applications. The Windows Server 2012 R2 test in this tool can help improve compatibility, Security, and Management of Server Applications for deployment supporting Hyper-V and Windows Azure virtual machines. The System Center test in this tool can be used to validate System Center Management Packs. The Windows Azure Pack test in this tool can be used to validate Virtual Machine Role Gallery Resource packages. Testing with this tool is required to participate in the Windows Server Application Certification Program. • More information about the Windows Server Application Certification Program can be found at http://www.Microsoft.com/WindowsServer/ISV
Identity management, provisioning, role management, and authentication are key services both on-premises and through the (hybrid) cloud. With:
- The Bring Your Own Apps (BYOA) for the cloud and the Software as a Service (SaaS) applications,
- The desire to better collaborate a la Facebook with the “social” enterprise,
- The need to support and integrate with social networks, which lead to a Bring Your Own Identity (BYOI) trend,
Identity becomes a service where identity “bridges” in the cloud talk to on-premises directories or the directories themselves move and/or are located in the cloud. Active Directory (AD) is a Microsoft brand for identity related capabilities. Within on-premises world, Windows Server AD provides a set of identity capabilities and services and is hugely popular (88% of Fortune 1000 and 95% of enterprises use AD). Windows Azure AD is AD reimagined for the cloud, designed to help you solving the new identity and access challenges that come with the shift to a cloud-centric, multi-tenant world.
Windows Azure AD is the identity foundation for many Microsoft services like Office 365, Windows Intune, and others. Windows Azure AD is a comprehensive identity and access management cloud solution, utilizing the enterprise-grade quality and proven capabilities of Windows Server AD on-premises. It combines core directory services, advanced identity governance, security and application access management.
This series of whitepapers on Windows Azure AD offerings comprises:
- Active Directory from the on-premises to the cloud whitepaper.
- An overview of Windows Azure AD
- Leverage Multi-Factor Authentication with Windows Azure AD whitepaper.
- Leverage Multi-Factor Authentication Server on your premises whitepaper
- Leverage Windows Azure AD for modern Business Applications whitepaper.
An overview of Windows Azure AD whitepaper introduces the trends that sustains a new identity model, the role of Identity Management as a Service (IdMaaS) and presents in this context the Microsoft’s identity offerings in the hybrid era.
An introduction on Windows Azure AD whitepaper further presents the capabilities that can be leveraged to centralize the identity management needs of your modern business applications, and your SaaS subscriptions, whether they are cloud-based, hybrid, or even on-premises. Windows Azure AD is a complete offering that can help you take advantage of your on-premises existing investment, fully outsource to the cloud your users (and devices) management and anything in between.
For enterprises with more demanding needs an advanced offering, Windows Azure Active Directory Premium, currently in preview, helps complete the set of capabilities that this identity and access management solution delivers.
Leverage Multi-Factor Authentication with Windows Azure AD whitepaper covers the Windows Azure Multi-Factor Authentication paid offering and how to leverage it with Windows Azure AD (Premium).
As an addition, Leverage Multi-Factor Authentication Server on your premises whitepaper describes how to use Windows Azure Multi-Factor Authentication Server and to configure it to secure cloud resources such as Office 365 so that so that federated users will be prompted to set up additional verification the next time they sign in on-premises.
In order to streamline and to ease as much as possible the way to build a suitable test lab environment for such a multi-products and services solution, this whitepaper leverages the Windows Azure environment along with the Windows Azure PowerShell cmdlets to build the on-premises test lab environment to test and evaluate the Multi-Factor Authentication Server.
The eponym archive file contains the script New-TestLabEnvironment.ps1 referred in the whitepaper for building the “on-premises” test lab environment. This script illustrates how to leverage the remote Windows PowerShell capabilities along with the Windows Server automation with Windows PowerShell to setup the required virtual machines.
Leverage Windows Azure AD for modern Business Applications whitepaper further presents the aspects that relates to the development of solutions. Windows Azure AD offers to developers and cloud ISVs an identity management platform to deliver access control to their modern business applications, based on centralized policy and rules.
We have the following configuration :
- Microsoft Operating System is Windows Server 2012 R2 in a Single forest.
- Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V Cluster
- Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager
- Microsoft SQL 2012 SP1
Here you see the Step-by-Step guide to add a Hyper-v node to the Cluster with System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager :
Go to all Hosts and add the new Hyper-V node into SCVMM with this wizard.
When you see the new Hyper-V host in System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager, you have to setup the host with all the settings from Virtual Machine Manager by opening
the properties of the new host.
Here you set the right NICs to the Logical networks.
Here we set the following NICs :
- Production network
- Management network
- Live Migration network
- Heartbeat network
After that we set the high available virtual Switches for the new Hyper-V Node :
Then you have to add the virtual NIC to the Virtual Switch :
For production we set two NICs into a Team for capacity :
When all of the properties are set, click on OK and the settings will be provisioned to the new Hyper-V node.
Before we add the new Hyper-V node to the Cluster, you can validate the Hyper-V Cluster if it’s still good and healty :
When the running Hyper-V Cluster is validated and good we can add the new Hyper-V node to the Cluster with System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager :
Windows Azure technology in your datacenter.
Windows Azure Pack: Windows Azure technology in your datacenter
The previously mentioned services run in Microsoft datacenters on the Windows Azure platform. How does this help enterprise and service providers meet their goals?
Core to delivering on the Cloud OS promise is enabling parity of application owner experiences irrespective of where the underlying infrastructure may reside; on premises, in a hosted environment, or on Windows Azure. Application parity requires ensuring that tenant end-users have uniform self-service and management experiences to consume the infrastructure needed by their application services for both Windows Azure and Windows Server environments. Enterprises and service providers are already running a sophisticated operating system, virtualization, and management platform in Windows Server with System Center on their own computing, storage, and network infrastructure in their own datacenters.
The Cloud OS vision drives consistency across Windows Azure, enterprise, and service provider environments. The Windows Azure Pack takes Windows Azure technology, developed for Microsoft datacenters built on System Center and Windows Server, and repurposes it to provide the same capabilities on a customers’ own infrastructure. Azure is a great environment for developing and testing highly distributed cloud services. As a result, Microsoft is bringing all this technology to hosting service providers as part of the technology found in Windows Server and System Center.
The Cloud OS vision offers consistency in portal, API, and select services across Microsoft, service providers and enterprises. Why is this useful? The Cloud OS vision meets the following criteria:
An enterprise-friendly, frictionless cloud
Multi-tenant IaaS based on Windows Azure
- Usage billing
- Maximizing of hardware utilization
- Tenant choice
- Portal integration and branding
With Windows Azure Pack, enterprise or service providers can have Azure technology running in your datacenter today. Best of all, you can deploy these services on your current infrastructure, building on existing investments and skills.
Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V administrators can replicate their virtual machines from a primary server/cluster to a replica server/cluster for business continuity and disaster recovery purposes. The Capacity Planner for Hyper-V Replica provides server, storage and network provisioning guidance which would allow IT administrators to successfully plan for a Hyper-V Replica deployment.
Windows Server 2012 R2 NIC Teaming (LBFO) Deployment and Management
NIC teaming, also known as Load Balancing/Failover (LBFO), allows multiple network adapters to be placed into a team for the purposes of bandwidth aggregation, and/or traffic failover to maintain connectivity in the event of a network component failure. This guide describes how to deploy and manage NIC Teaming with Windows Server 2012 R2.
UPDATE: Technical Documentation for System Center 2012 R2 – Virtual Machine Manager
Here you see the steps for VLAN tagging in System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager :