[stextbox id=”note”]The installation took
me around 15/20 minutes
on my lab platform so you definitely have some time grab a good Cappuccino :)[/stextbox]
By Clicking Continue, you will automatically prompted for two windows:
- The confirmation of the end of installation.
- An internet explorer Window will open automatically in order to start the Windows Azure Pack Configuration.(See in next chapter).
Post configuration of Windows Azure Pack:
Once the installation is finished, an Internet explorer window will pop open and offer you a short post configuration menu to prepare your environment to kick ass!
Click Continue to this website (Not recommended) and the Windows Azure Pack screen will appear.
Input the elements as asked, and click next (or that little arrow on the right lower corner).
If you have the following message : A network-related or instance-specific error occurred while establishing a connection to SQL Server. The server was not found or was not accessible –> try adding the port number after your server name like this “ServerName:xxxxx“
From now on, it is very “Windows style” (A very good friend of mine who happens to be a linux specialst would say) and “next, next, next finish style”.
And after a short while, the configuration will be finished.
Where do I start with Windows Azure Pack?
I hear this quite often actually. The Azure environment is a new set of infrastructure, architecture, language to learn (or improve ;)). One important part to know in Azure (Pack or not) is that there are two ways of using it, thus two portals to manage azure it:
- Tenant portal
- Admin portal
What is the Windows Azure Admin portal?
The windows Azure Admin portal is actually the interface through which system engineers (like you and me) will go and configure an environment for our clients, thus our tenants.
It is possible to tune this up quite a lot like automating the creation of a VM based on a service requests, automatically calling a Runbook that will provision the the AD accounts in the correct OU’s, provide the adequate rights etc…
All of this will be subject to other blog posts so keep tuned.
What is the windows Azure tenant portal?
The tenant portal is the portal through which our clients (thus tenants) will access their resources that we have been creating / developing for them (Did somebody said Devops ?) .Thus how to provide them access to their VM’s, etc…
This is about all you need to know about now, because there is nothing more to know about it (for now!). But stay tuned, because I will elaborate this in future blog posts.
So, knowing that, if you search for the keyword “Azure” in your start folder, you will see the following icons:
You might be asking yourselfs: Which one do use? Yep well, that is EXACTLY why I explained shortly the Admin and Tenant meanings so that you are ready to rock!. You now know now that you will first have to configure the tenant site(s) (There is actually a lot more then that, but let’s pretend for now I never said that). Thus chose the Windows Azure Pack Administration Site. One clicked, Internet explorer will popup, and will show you a nice little window like this one below.
You will then have a small tour on how to go around in Azure, when to click to create something, where you will see information, how to login/out etc…(I spear you a few screenshots here…)
And finally \o/ EUREKA! \o/ you have access to your Windows Azure Pack portal.
Ok, we are not finished yet. The next post talks about how to add the SMA functionality to our Windows Azure Pack environement so that we can start and write some code!
See you there!
Digg more into it!
SQL Requirements official page –> http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn469343.aspx
Automating WAP service management –> http://blogs.technet.com/b/orchestrator/archive/2014/08/28/automating-wap-service-management-with-service-management-automation.aspx
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