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Containers for Developers

From a developer’s desktop to a testing machine to a set of production machines, a Docker image can be created that will deploy identically across any environment in seconds. This story has created a massive and growing ecosystem of applications packaged in Docker containers, with DockerHub, the public containerized-application registry that Docker maintains, currently publishing more than 180,000 applications in the public community repository.

When you containerize an app, only the app and the components needed to run the app are combined into an “image”. Containers are then created from this image as you need them. You can also use an image as a baseline to create another image, making image creation even faster. Multiple containers can share the same image, which means containers start very quickly and use fewer resources. For example, you can use containers to spin up light-weight and portable app components – or ‘micro-services’ – for distributed apps and quickly scale each service separately. 

Because the container has everything it needs to run your application, they are very portable and can run on any machine that is running Windows Server 2016. You can create and test containers locally, then deploy that same container image to your company’s private cloud, public cloud or service provider. The natural agility of Containers supports modern app development patterns in large scale, virtualized and cloud environments.

With containers, developers can build an app in any language. These apps are completely portable and can run anywhere – laptop, desktop, server, private cloud, public cloud or service provider – without any code changes.

Containers helps developers build and ship higher-quality applications, faster.

 To begin with Windows Containers, I advice to manage them with Docker and do .NET Docker Development with Visual Studio 2017

Prerequisites: 

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Windows Containers Infrastructure

Microsoft Windows Container with Nano server :

Docker pull microsoft/nanoserver

Docker PS

Docker run -t -I microsoft/nanoserver

Now you are inside the Windows Container on the Nano Server

If you want a Windows Container with Nano Server and IIS running for a website checkout this Docker Pull

More Microsoft images on Docker Hub repositories

Docker run reference

Docker runs processes in isolated containers. A container is a process which runs on a host. The host may be local or remote. When an operator executes docker run, the container process that runs is isolated in that it has its own file system, its own networking, and its own isolated process tree separate from the host.

This page details how to use the docker run command to define the container’s resources at runtime

Containers can run anywhere !

 


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UPDATE Microsoft Azure Storage Explorer Tool #Azure #Storage #Cloud

What’s New in Microsoft Azure Storage Explorer Tool version 0.8.9 :

  • New
    • Storage Explorer 0.8.9 will automatically download the latest version for updates.
    • Hotfix: using a portal generated SAS URI to attach a storage account would result in an error.
    • You can now create, manage, and promote blob snapshots.
    • You can now sign in to Azure China, Azure Germany, and Azure US Government accounts.
    • You can now change the zoom level. Use the options in the View menu to Zoom In, Zoom Out, and Reset Zoom.
    • Unicode characters are now supported in user metadata for blobs and files.
    • Accessibility improvements.
    • The next version’s release notes can be viewed from the update notification. You can also view the current release notes from the Help menu.
  • Fixes
    • Fixed: the version number is now correctly displayed in Control Panel on Windows
    • Fixed: search is no longer limited to 50,000 nodes
    • Fixed: upload to a file share spun forever if the destination directory did not already exist
    • Fixed: improved stability for long uploads and downloads
  • Known Issues
    • While zoomed in or out, the zoom level may momentarily reset to the default level.
    • Quick Access only works with subscription based items. Local resources or resources attached via key or SAS token are not supported in this release.
    • It may take Quick Access a few seconds to navigate to the target resource, depending on how many resources you have.
    • Having more than 3 groups of blobs or files uploading at the same time may cause errors.

You can download the Microsoft Azure Storage Explorer Tool here

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#Microsoft AzureStack Technical Preview 3 Available for Download #AzureStack #Cloud

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Azure Stack Architecture

Today Microsoft released Azure Stack Technical Preview 3 for customers to do Proof of Concept (POC) with Azure Cloud Platform Services in your own Datacenter.

You can download Microsoft AzureStack TP3 here

What’s new in Azure Stack TP3 ?

Content, services, and tools

    • 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. 

Infrastructure and operations

  • Isolated administrative 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.

More Technical documentation of Azure Stack TP3 and Deployment :

What is Azure Stack Technical Preview 3?

You can download here a complete Azure Stack documentation in PDF format

cloud-toolsAzureStack Cloud Tools on GitHub

 

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UPDATE #Microsoft Azure Storage Explorer version with Blob Snapshots ! #Azure #Storage #DevOps

Microsoft Azure Storage Explorer version 0.8.8

Microsoft Azure Storage Explorer  is a standalone app from Microsoft that allows you to easily work with Azure Storage data on Windows, macOS and Linux.

New

  • You can now create, manage, and promote blob snapshots.
  • Storage Explorer will now automatically download the latest version when it is available.
  • You can now sign in to Azure China, Azure Germany, and Azure US Government accounts.
  • You can now change the zoom level. Use the options in the View menu to Zoom In, Zoom Out, and Reset Zoom.
  • Unicode characters are now supported in user metadata for blobs and files.
  • Accessibility improvements.
  • The next version’s release notes can be viewed from the update notification. You can also view the current release notes from the Help menu.

Fixes

  • Fixed: the version number is now correctly displayed in Control Panel on Windows
  • Fixed: search is no longer limited to 50,000 nodes
  • Fixed: upload to a file share spun forever if the destination directory did not already exist
  • Fixed: improved stability for long uploads and downloads

You can download the Microsoft Azure Storage Explorer here

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#Microsoft System Center 2016 Management Pack for Microsoft #Azure #Sysctr #SCOM

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Management Pack Scope

The Management Pack for Microsoft Azure enables you to monitor the availability and performance of Azure resources that are running on Microsoft Azure. The management pack runs on a specified server pool, and then uses Microsoft Azure REST APIs to remotely discover and collect performance information about the specified Microsoft Azure resources.

This management pack focuses on the collection of performance metrics made available by Azure Services that use Azure Resource Manager.

Azure Active Directory is used for authenticating Azure REST API calls.

This management pack queries Azure REST APIs to enumerate the resources running in an Azure subscription and the performance metrics available for each resource.

Virtual machines, web roles, and worker roles can store events and performance counters into Azure table storage by means of Azure diagnostics. If these resources are configured to use Azure diagnostics, this Management Pack can collect these events and performance counters.

Examples of services that can be discovered, and whether performance counters are available for collection, are presented in the table below.

Service Discovered Performance Counters Notes
Application Insights Yes Yes
Automation Yes No
Backup Yes No
BizTalk Yes No
Cloud Service (web and worker roles) Yes Yes
Data Factory Yes Yes
DocumentDB Yes No Metrics are not available in the Add Monitoring wizard
Logic App Yes No
Media Services Yes No Uses Service Management APIs
Mobile Services Yes Yes Uses Service Management APIs
Networks Yes No
Notification Hubs Yes No
Operational Insights Yes No
Redis Cache Yes Yes
Scheduler Yes No
Search Yes No
Service Bus Yes No
SQL Azure Yes Yes
Storage Accounts Yes No
Traffic Manager Yes No Uses Service Management APIs
Virtual Machines Yes Yes Virtual machines also appear as role instances for Cloud Services
Websites Yes Yes

You can download the Microsoft Management Pack for Azure here

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#Microsoft MAP Toolkit 9.6 Now Available! #Winserv #SQL2016 #Azure #Office365 #Cloud #Tool

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Microsoft MAP Toolkit 9.6

The Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit (MAP) is an agentless, automated, multi-product planning and assessment tool for quicker and easier desktop, server and cloud migrations. MAP provides detailed readiness assessment reports and executive proposals with extensive hardware and software information, and actionable recommendations to help organizations accelerate their IT infrastructure planning process, and gather more detail on assets that reside within their current environment. MAP also provides server utilization data for Hyper-V server virtualization planning; identifying server placements, and performing virtualization candidate assessments. More information about MAP Toolkit can you find here

Software Requirements:
        • Operating system. Any of the following:
          • Windows 10 (Professional, Enterprise and Ultimate editions only)
          • Windows 8.1 (Professional and Enterprise editions only)
          • Windows 8 (Professional and Enterprise editions only)
          • Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 (Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate editions only)
          • Windows Server 2012 R2
          • Windows Server 2012
          • Windows Server 2016
          • Windows Server 2008 R2 with Service Pack 1
        • .NET Framework 4.5 (download from http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=389161)
        • Installation of all updates for the operating system. Note: In some cases updates may not install automatically. To download updates for your computer manually, go to http://update.microsoft.com/.
        • By default, the MAP Toolkit will install SQL Server 2012 Express LocalDB during setup. You may also use an existing installation of SQL Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 R2, or SQL Server 2012 if you create an instance named “MAPS” before running the MAP Toolkit installer. The MAP Toolkit requires the collation order of the database engine to be set to “SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS”.

Notes:

        • Some of these prerequisites require restarting your computer. You may have to restart multiple times if all the prerequisites are not met prior to running Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit setup.

Scenario-dependent requirements:

    • For machines that will be used to run the Forefront Endpoint Protection Usage Tracking, Lync Usage Tracking, Exchange Server Usage Tracking, or Volume Licensing scenarios, please note: PowerShell 2.0 or higher must be installed.
    • For machines that will be used to collect Oracle schema information, please note: The 64 bit Oracle client must be installed on the MAP machine to collect the schema information. If the 64 bit client is not installed, MAP will only be able to collect instance information. MAP will not collect schema information if the 32 bit Oracle client is installed.

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Export results in Excel for Windows Server 2016 Assessment Example

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Microsoft Azure Virtual Machine Sizing Example in Excel

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With MAP Toolkit Training available 😉

You can download MAP Toolkit 9.6 here

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NEW #Docker version 1.13.0 available for Download #Containers #ACS #DevOps

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  • Upgrades
  • New
    • Windows containers
    • Improved UI for Daemon.json editing
    • VHDX file containing images and non-host mounted volumes can be moved (using “advanced” tab in the UI)
    • Support for arm, aarch64, ppc64le architectures using qemu
    • TRIM support for disk (shrinks virtual disk)
    • VM’s time synchronization is forced after the host wakes from sleep mode
    • Docker Experimental mode can be toggled
  • Bug fixes and minor changes
    • Improved Proxy UI
    • Improvements to Logging and Diagnostics
    • About Box is now Copy/Paste enabled
    • Improvements in drive sharing code
    • Optimized boot process
    • Trend Micro Office Scan made the Api proxy think no drive was shared
    • Show a link to the virtualization documentation
    • Always remove the disk on factory reset (#5719)
    • VPNKit: Improved diagnostics (#6080, #6104)
    • VPNKit: Forwarded UDP datagrams should have correct source port numbers (#5926)
    • VPNKit: If one request fails, allow other concurrent requests to succeed. For example this allows IPv4 servers to work even if IPv6 is broken. (#5926)
    • VPNKit: Fix bug which could cause the connection tracking to underestimate the number of active connections (#5926)
    • VPNKit: add a local cache of DNS responses

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