Project “Honolulu” update 1802

We have talked a few months back about the new management experience Microsoft wants to add in their Server products, Project “Honolulu”.

So  we did get an update that adds more cool  features.

For you have it already installed then you will see on the top that there is an update available. 

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Blog Migration to Azure

It has been some time since I lasted posted, as it is an interesting period for me currently. But for now we will tackle a simple migration of the original Fintz Stack Blog to Azure using App Service.

First we do need an active Subscription, you could try the Free one for 12 months, as for me I went for a Pay-as-you-go plan.

chrome_2018-03-06_18-24-40I wont go deep how to backup or export your WordPress blog but more onto how to setup your first App service and Database. So by now you will have an active subscription and you are looking the azure Dashboard.

 

From there on the left click either All Services or the App services button, bellow I used the All services  and search for App Services and added a new one.

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CZECH REPUBLIC VMUG MEETING

Today it was a long day as we attended the VMUGCZ meeting in Prague, which include some great presentations.

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Here is the full schedule of the event as below I do mention what I found more interesting.

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Project “Honolulu” update 1711

We have talked a few months back about the new management experience Microsoft wants to add in their Server products, Project “Honolulu”.

So a few days back we did get an update that adds some really cool new features.

For you have it already installed then you will see on the top that there is an update available. 

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Split-Brain DNS and Windows

This is something that coming back over and over again. For most windows admins is/was an issue till the Windows 2k16. I always preferred to handle split-dns in a linux environment than building a separate server just to provide the external, NAT, Geo-location IPs.

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Though as the Active Directory loves DNS, it is hard to separate it. At last we do have a solution with the new policies and split-scope zones. Below I will provide a simple scenario where you are having two networks and the subnets are NATed. In my experience the best way to handle it is by scripting and building the server from the scratch. Outsource you can add the AD integrated zones, but there are things you maybe don’t want to inherit.

So at first is good to create a number of CSV files to hold the SRV, A, CNAME , Zones and the outsource don’t forget to add , where is needed, a column with the NATed IP.

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Project Honolulu – First look

Last week I have blogged about Project “Honolulu” and here is the tech preview I was waiting for. So Microsoft’s project Honolulu is a new local web-based management for your server infrastructure.

I personal belive it was time for Microsoft to provide a more unified GUI management, which is something VMware was doing for a long time now.

So starting with deployment, there are several ways, installing locally in your own windows 10 machine, having a dedicated gateway server and directly in on a server cluster you manage.  Also not the gateway service can be installed on 2016 R2 and 2016.

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Project “Honolulu”

Microsoft came a long way from when i stared working as an administrator back at the 2003 Server edition and I love what they did with the 2016 edition , thought did move some useful features on the enterprise tier.

Azure stack was the next logical step to create a bridge between the on-prem and cloud infrastructure, but when you need the similar abilities for your on-prem  but can’t go for an Azure stack… Project Honolulu comes into play.

Form what MS describes to be, is the next step of your native GUI tools in a new sleek web-based package and will be soon in Technical preview and I can’t wait to try it out.

Also I can’t wait for the new announcements on the MS Ignite and getting ready for the MS Tech Summit in Frankfurt.

You can read more on Technet blog

Achieved my VCP-DCV

This week there will not be a technical post as I am evaluating DSC (Desired State Configuration) for the production environment and I had my exam for the VCP-DCV.

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It was a long goal of mine to become a VMware Certified Professional and i will keep moving forward with that. For this year my goal is to finish with a new Microsoft exam the Implementing a SDDC. But for 2018 I am already looking into the VCP6.5 Delta Exam and afterwards the VCP-NV.

Again thank you for reading and have a great day

Office 365/Hybrid Exchange and New Mailboxes

During my short time with O365 and especially the Exchange Hybrid configuration, I did discover the one of the hardest things to do is to decide which is the best course of action for creating new mailboxes. Either create them on-prem first and then do a migration to the cloud or start from the cloud and then configure a remote mailbox at the on-prem?

Personally i do prefer creating the remote mailbox and the O365 user/mailbox at once by using the New-RemoteMailbox command. But there is something missing in the parameters , the Shared Mailbox trigger.

So for creating a  mailbox in the a Hybrid environment, and then if it is needed to make a Shared on we would first connect to Exchange management shell,  use the get-Credential command to set the username and credentials that you will use for the mailbox.cred

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