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Azure Stack Part 1: Azure Stack Deployment Worksheet

The Azure Stack Deployment Sheet sample is intended to assist you in pre-planning your solution data center integration requirements.
It helps you determine appropriate configuration of Azure Stack hardware solutions within your data center.

Until Azure Stack 1811 is used as a support to complete the Deployment Worksheet an excel sheet from which to fill in all the elements that will allow to build the configuration files for the deployment of an Azure Stack.
This file is structuring and very important because it is the starting point for the creation and the configuration of the Top of Rack switches of the Azure Stack and the configuration files for the deployment scripts.

From the 1811 version and the 1901 version of Azure Stack I recommend using the Powershell format and dropping the excel sheet

This new release includes a new Powershell-based User Interface which will be replacing the current Excel-based worksheet in 1901. The new UI consists of a Powershell module and uses standard Windows Forms objects.

Here are the elements contained in this file that are gathered during the different workshops done with the client to explain them and make the right structuring choice to host an Azure Stack infrastructure.

  • Customer Settings:
    Azure I dentity: Multi Tenant AAD or Mono tenant with ADFS
  • Customer Information’s:
    Prefixe Vm and Physical nodes, Private domain and external domain name used to access the Azure Stack from outside
  • Environment Information:
    Time Servers and DNs Forwarder for internet resolution, syslog server
  • Network Settings:
    All the reference for switch use and especially the cloud external subnet which will be the zone of communication between the existing world of your company and / or datacenter and Azure Stack.
    Static routing or BGP (ASN Number) we use for Border Device on L3 connection
  • Scale Unit:
    Number on node in the Scale unit.
    All the networks necessary for the azure stack to be able to operate like BMC subnet, infrastructure subnet, storage subnet ….

In a future post I will detail all these elements

Verify the version of Azure Stack we want to install and use the good version of the Deployment Worksheet Powershell. Refer to the “Azure Stack Partner Toolkit xxxx Release Notes” .

Installing the Powershell Module for the Deployment Worksheet (don’t forget to parameter the Set-ExecutionPolicy)

### Step 1 – Install Requirements
Import-Module -NamePowerShellGet -ErrorAction Stop
Import-Module -NamePackageManagement -ErrorAction Stop
Get-PSRepository -Name “PSGallery”
### Step 2 – Set Repo
Register-PsRepository -Default
Set-PSRepository -Name “PSGallery” -InstallationPolicy Trusted
### Step 3 – Install Module
### Check the “Version History” from the PSGallery site https://www.powershellgallery.com/packages/Azs.Deployment.Worksheet
### Some JSON files are version specific – Currently we are 1811 release even though there is a 1901 version of this tool
Install-Module -Name Azs.Deployment.Worksheet -RequiredVersion 1.1811.1214.1


when the entire file is filled then simply click on Generate to extract configuration JSON files that will be used to create the configuration of the switches and the installation of the azure stack.

When the generation of the JSON files is finished, there appear two additional tabs that correspond to the IP addressing plan built automatically from the different networks and subnet filled above.
This will be used for the installation phase of the azure stack and the generation of switch configuration files among others

Et voilà!

About Frederic Stefani

Frederic Stefani works as a Solutions Architect at Dell EMC. Frederic is focused on Microsoft Technologies, especially Microsoft Cloud Solutions based on Microsoft System Center, Microsoft Virtualization and Microsoft Azure. This includes Microsoft Hyper-V, Windows Server, Storage, Networking and Azure Pack as well as Service Management Automation. Frederic works closely with Customers and Microsoft to promote Microsoft Technology as speaker for Dell EMC, Microsoft and other Technical events such as Microsoft Experiences or Dell events. Frederic also works ahead of sales with our customers to promote Dell EMC services Specialities: Cloud, Datacenter, Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Azure Stack, Windows Server, Hyper-V, Windows Clients, Disaster Recovery, Powershell, Windows Deployment Services, Windows Unattended Installations, Microsoft Hosting Solutions, Powershell Development, SCVMM, System Center, Datacenter Management, Storage, Networking, Software Defined Datacenter. P-Seller (Partner Seller) within the competences: Core Infrastructure and Azure for Microsoft France

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