Cloud Computing, Containers, Hyper-V, Microsoft Azure, Nano Server, Networking / Infrastructure, Server 2019, Virtualization

Server 2019 is now available in preview

2019

Windows Server 2019 is built on the strong foundation of Windows Server 2016 and it is focusing on four themes were consistent – Hybrid, Security, Application Platform, and Hyper-converged infrastructure. Most people reckon Microsoft is pushing every customer in to Cloud slowly and we soon see no more option but moving to cloud. They will do this making costly staying on prem and starting with this edition they put their prices up.

Hybrid Cloud: This is the most common scenario for many companies , a hybrid approach, one that combines on-premises and cloud environments working together. Extending Active Directory, synchronizing file servers, and backup in the cloud are just a few examples of what companies are already doing today to extend their datacenters to the public cloud. In addition, a hybrid approach also allows for apps running on-premises to take advantage of innovation in the cloud such as Artificial Intelligence and IoT. Microsoft also introduced Project Honolulu in 2017 and this will be a one-stop management tool for IT pros.

Security: Microsoft’s approach to security is three-fold – Protect, Detect and Respond.
On the Protect front, They introduced Shielded VMs in Windows Server 2016, which was enthusiastically received by our customers. Shielded VMs protect virtual machines (VM) from compromised or malicious administrators in the fabric so only VM admins can access it on known, healthy, and attested guarded fabric. In Windows Server 2019, Shielded VMs will now support Linux VMs. They are also extending VMConnect to improve troubleshooting of Shielded VMs for Windows Server and Linux. They are adding Encrypted Networks that will let admins encrypt network segments, with a flip of a switch to protect the network layer between servers.

On the Detect and Respond front, in Windows Server 2019, they are embedding Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) that provides preventative protection, detects attacks and zero-day exploits among other capabilities, into the operating system. This gives companies access to deep kernel and memory sensors, improving performance and anti-tampering, and enabling response actions on server machines.

Application Platform: Microsoft focuses on the developer experience. Two key aspects to call out for the developer community are improvements to Windows Server containers and Windows Subsystem on Linux (WSL).

 In Windows Server 2019, Microsoft’s goal is to reduce the Server Core base container image to a third of its current size of 5 GB. This will reduce download time of the image by 72%, further optimizing the development time and performance.

They are also continuing to improve the choices available when it comes to orchestrating Windows Server container deployments. Kubernetes support is currently in beta, and in Windows Server 2019, they are introducing significant improvements to compute, storage, and networking components of a Kubernetes cluster.

Another improvement is that they previously extended Windows Subsystem on Linux (WSL) into insider builds for Windows Server, so that customers can run Linux containers side-by-side with Windows containers on a Windows Server. In Windows Server 2019, they are continuing to improve WSL, helping Linux users bring their scripts to Windows while using industry standards like OpenSSH, Curl & Tar.

Hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI): HCI is one of the latest trends in the server industry today. They partnered with industry leading hardware vendors to provide an affordable and yet extremely robust HCI solution with validated design. In Windows Server 2019 they are building on this platform by adding scale, performance, and reliability. They are also adding the ability to manage HCI deployments in Project Honolulu, to simplify the management and day-to-day activities on HCI environments.

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Cloud Computing, Microsoft Azure, Powershell

Creating a file share in AZURE

Microsoft Azure offers fully managed file shares in the cloud. Because Azure File Storage exposes file shares using the Server Message Block 3.0 (SMB) protocol, the predominantly used file share protocol for existing on-premises applications, it simplifies moving your existing applications to the cloud, and because Azure File Storage allows applications to mount file shares from anywhere in the world, your on-premises applications can take advantage of cloud storage without change. Azure File Storage also implements REST API protocol, which enables you to develop modern applications that integrate with existing applications. And Microsoft Azure File Storage has got new features like; SMB 3.0 support, includes encryption and persistent handles, a new browser-based file explorer in the Azure portal,  Azure Storage Metrics for Azure File storage an also the ability to mount Azure File Storage file shares from outside of Azure datacenters.

So how to create a file share; (GUI or Powershell), let’s try Powershell…

Choose your storage account… We will need the name for our powershell cmdlets;

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And then click on the storage account to go on CONFIGURE .

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At the very bottom click on Manage Access Keys to get your key;

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We are interested in the Primary Access Key, and click on the little file icon next to it to copy. This is the long key such as

b8VW6dmfugxsrNyF/TkHO9lkA00123456789KWEBJzPC0OBFStObAuUwzNJWUkT8Qs5AdUJsHGUiCYqbcjSw==

Next is we need to run our Powershell cmdlets;

$storageaccount = “msenelstorage01

$storageaccount_key = “b8VW6dmfugxsrNyF/TkHO9lkA0vSPs4jEos0w+KWEBJzPC0OBFStObAuUwzNJWUkT8Qs5AdUJsHGUiCYqbcjSw==

$sharename = “Logs”

$storageaccount_context = New-AzureStorageContext $storageaccount $storageaccount_key

$create_share = New-AzureStorageShare $sharename -Context $storageaccount_context

And let’s run this….

PS C:\Users\murat.senel> $storageaccount = “msenelstorage01”

$storageaccount_key = “b8VW6dmfugxsrNyF/TkHO9lkA0123456789jEos0w+KWEBJzPCFStObAuUwzNJWUkT8Qs5AdUJsHGUiCYqbcjSw==”

$sharename = “logs”

$storageaccount_context = New-AzureStorageContext $storageaccount $storageaccount_key

$create_share = New-AzureStorageShare $sharename -Context $storageaccount_context

PS C:\Users\murat.senel>

In the storage account, you can see the URL for file storage;

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https://msenelstorage01.file.core.windows.net/

Now we can only check this on the Preview Portal as GUI;

Go to the Portal;

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Click on the storage account that you used;

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Click on the Files >

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There it is, our Logs file share created….

The second method might be easier if you don’t want to use Powershell…

You can basically go to the File Share tab and  on the top you will see New Share tab.

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What else can we show with a file share ?

Lets’ create a directory (called Server001Logs) in the Logs share;

PS C:\Users\murat.senel> New-AzureStorageDirectory -Share $create_share -Path Server001Logs

Directory: https://msenelstorage01.file.core.windows.net/logs

Type                Length             Name                                                                                                                 —-                ——             —-                                                                                                                    DIR                                    Server001Logs

And upload a file in to that directory…

Set-AzureStorageFileContent -Share $create_share -Source C:\MyScripts\serverlist.txt -Path Server001Logs

Let’s check them on the Portal ….

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Directory is there .. And our uploaded file is …… >

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also there…. 😉