Windows Azure offers DCs in the cloud

Not often discussed, but very interesting… Microsoft Windows Azure offers, among all sorts of other things, the ability to create and join a DC to your corporate domain!  You can imagine the possibilities.

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Install a replica domain controller in Windows Azure

You can imagine the benefits… the question becomes, "is Azure the best place for me to keep one of my Active Directory Domain Controllers?".  There are a multitude of local and national EMC-Powered Infrastructure-as-a-Service Providers who can offer not only DC's in the cloud, but all sorts of other customizable options as well.  A quick look at EMC Cloud Service Providers - Americas.

[howto] Networker2go: Single Item RDB Restore with Exchange 2013 and NMM

[howto] Networker2go: Single Item RDB Restore with Exchange 2013 and NMM by @hyperv-guy

EMC´s Networker Module for Microsoft Exchange has a nice feature to Restore Single Items from a recovery Database. There is no Powershell Know How necessary, the whole Process is in a friendly UI.
In this Howto i will walk through the steps for a SIngle item recover.
Note: There is also a GLR feture wich directly mounts the Database from an AFTD or DataDomain Device, without prior restoring the Data to and RDM. i will cover that one in a later networker2go section.

 

In this howto for networker2go we are going to do a Single item restore from an RDB.

Configuration is still Domain Elect2014 and the DAG Name is Elect2014DAG

 

We start on the nwserver Node. From the Start menu, we open the Internet Explorer.

In the Adress bar, type in https://[yourdomain]DAG.[youdomain].local/owa

The Exchange Outlook Webapp will Open:

 

Enter an Exchange username, in this case we use elect2014\aalmeida. The Users password is Welcome1.

After adjusting the Local Settings, the Inbox Opens:

Right Click the Welcome Email and select delete.

Switch over to Exchange Node 1. Make Sure you are logged in as NMMBackupuser.

NMMBackupUser is the user, the RMExchangeInterfaceService is Running with, communicating with exchange. This user has extended rights like backing up and restoring databases.We are doing a locked down restore session in a later howTo wih usres only having access to certain restore Functions // Mailboxes.

From the Desktop, open the networker User for Microsoft with right Click, run as Administrator.

Wait for the Networker User for Microsoft Console to open. This may Take a while.
Once the Recover, Snapshot and Monitor Tab are Visible, you can continue.

In the Client selection on the top Right, select the [yourdomain]DAG

From the Recover Pane on the left, select --> Exchange 2013 Recover Session --> Database Recover


Select the DAG

 

 

And Click Advance Recover

 

The Advanced Recovery Dialog Opens:


Select Recovery Database (RDB) Recovery
Click next.
The manage RDB Dialog Appears

Click on Mount.


Click OK, and thenclich on RDB Overwrite.

This allows for the Exchange RDB to be Overwritten by a restore.
Click next and then select Start recover:

You can Monitor the recover session from either the NMM Monitor Pane:

Or the Networker Administrator:

A message pops up in the NMM UI once ther recover is Completed:

As stated in the messagebox, we now switch to the RDB data Recover View.

Since our NMMBackupuser has all required Rights on the Mailboxes / databases, we can browse all Mailboxes in the Database.

Select the Welcome Message in Alexander Almeidas Mailbox abd Click Recover in the lower middle.

The recover Session starts from the RDB to the users Mailbox.

You Can Monitor the Recover Session from the Recover View:

 

Once the recover is completed, you can Switch to your Opened OWA on the Networker Server.

Hit the refresh button in IE, and you will the the recovered EMAIL Object under Recovered Items

 

Pretty easy.

[howto] networker2go: My first Exchange DAG Backup

[howto] networker2go: My first Exchange DAG Backup by @Hyperv-guy

Once networker2go is installed and runing as Documented in [howto] Networker2GO : Install a Node DAG with Server2012R2 and Networker we are ready to run the First Backup.... well, actually networker2go Backs up the DAG automatically. The Client for the Federated DAG Backup is created automatically from my Setup.

If Everything runs fine ( and it does at least from Version 2.38-82481 ), you may have noticed a Powershell Session running like this one:

This actually is the savegrp starting from my Scripts after Setup. As you can See I am waiting for the Storage note to become ready and then Label and mount the AFTD Device. In prior Versions i used Auto Media Management, but this is not Supported with AFTD.

So it is time to Switch to the Networker Management Console, which we configured in [howto] Networker2go: Configure the networker Server after install .

From the NMC, click on Launch Networker Administration

 

This should directly take you to the Networker Administration Console and open the Monitoring Tab.

Notice That the Group Exchange DAG in Groups and Policies Window has a green check mark when it´s done.

A Double Click on the Group will open the latest Backup for Group Exchange_DAG:

 

See what has been Backed up and the Save Sets that make this Client / group

Click ok to Close.

 

Now switch over to the Configuration Tab:

In the Tree View, select Clients.

 

Identify the Client for the DAG, having Backup Type "Microsoft Exchange Server".

Double Click and go to the Apps and Modules Tab

 

You can See in Application Information how the Backup is Configured.

I Am Using a federated Backup, that talks to the DAG rather to individual Nodes.

The PSOL List defines the Preferred Server Order List Nodes for Backup. This gives you the Full Flexibility to have NMM select the best Possible Node.

You can Change this configuration also in the Modify Client Wizard Dialog.

If the Client is already configured, you can always directly jump to one of the Green Check marks on the right !

 

An commonly asked question is the amount of Savesets...

Q: If i have one DB, there must only be one Saveset ....

No, it is not. Every Component that make Up a Exchange VSS Backup are a seperate Saveset.

There is a Saveset for the DB Volume, one for the Log Volume ( look at Files count and size of saveset ), XML information of VSS Backup etc. So if you have one Client in your Savegroup, this can make lots of Savesets !

 

To summ up, the First Backup was done by networker2go automatically.

To start your first backup, just right click on the Exchange_DAG Group and select start.

Remember, networker always starts a savegrp rather than a "backup" of a client :-)

 

There are multiple Ways to Monitor the Backup.

The Simplest way is to go to the Monitoring Tab.

You ill the the Running Backups in the Status Column.

 

Double Click on the Group to get Details:

 

My preferred way if i need to debug stuff or get some more Details on what is happening, is examining the nmm.raw file on the Backup Client.Therefore, Open a Powershell and go to the applog Directory of NSR located in C:\Program Files\EMC NetWorker\nsr\applogs

then, issue a

Get-Content -Path .\nmm.raw -wait  -Tail 20

This will get you a more detailed view of what is happening in the NMM module during bakup.

Getting Started with Azure Hybrid Cloud Powershell

Leveraging the power of Powershell, its easier than ever for an EMC customer to leverage their on-premise investment in Hyper V and EMC VNX, say, and the power of Microsoft's cloud offering, Azure. While many of our customers are leveraging Hyper V 2012 to manage their INTERNAL cloud, the embrace of a Hybrid model is still in the very early stages.


Here's how to get your feet wet and see how this thing drives.


Please note that you will need a Windows Azure account with an active subscription. You can start a free trial subscripting by visiting the following site:

http://aka.ms/DoAzureTrial

 

It will require a credit card, but this is primarily for Identity Verification!

 

Once the account is active and you have an active subscription, you can proceed with your Powershell experimentation pretty easily. Download the powershell bits and bobs at the following location:

http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/downloads/

 

You are looking for Windows Powershell under the command line tools section. Once the installation has completed, you are ready to rock and roll! Open up the appropriate Powershell window by going to the Windows Azure folder in you start button programs and clicking on Windows Azure Powershell:

Screenshot (14).png

Execute a get-module command and you will see that there is a loaded module – appropriately named Azure – ready for business. Now, I want to connect it to my active Azure account. To achieve this, it’s as easy as typing:

PS C:\> Add-AzureAccount

 

auth.png

 

Without parameters, it will open up an Authentication window that you enter your Windows Live Azure account credentials to:

That’s it. You are now ready to run some stuff against your Azure cloud account. Let’s say you want to see what locations are available to place my planned new VM. To see what’s available, I simply type:

PS C:\> $location = Get-AzureLocation

 

To see what VM Images are available in the service catalog, simply type:

PS C:\> $images = Get-AzureVMImage 

 

At the time of this blog post, there are over 209 VM base images that are available – right out of the gate. Windows and Linux are the available platforms (multiple flavors of each). Take a look at the list of whats available by typing something like the following:

              PS C:\> $imagelist | format-list label,description,imagename,os

 

This will list some descriptive fields of the object list. There are images with SQL Server 2012 Preview Edition pre-loaded, SQL 2014 Data Warehouse Preview Edition, etc. Obviously you could search the labels for what you need to make this very dynamic (but that’s outside of the scope of what we are doing today). Platforms and OS listed below:

Microsoft

Linux

Microsoft SQL

Oracle SQL

Windows 2008R2

OpenSUSE

SQL Server 2008

Oracle 11g

Windows 2012 and R2

Centos 6.3

SQL Server 2012

Oracle 12c

 

Ubuntu 12.04/12.10/13.04

SQL Server 2013

Weblogic 11g

 

SUSE Linux Enterprise 11SP3

BizTalk Server 2013

Weblogic 12c

 

Oracl Linux 64

 

 

 

Oracle 11 and 12 are available, running on the Windows Platform. We know this by checking the underlying OS in the list provided above. Very interesting seeing what’s available in the catalog. Now that I have an idea of what’s available in the catalog, as well as the possible locations for them to reside,  I need to start defining the service name and the password of the Administrative account. These can be simple strings.

PS C:\> $mySvc = "myservicename"

PS C:\> $myPwd = "yourpassword"


Ready to deploy a VM! Here is what the command line looks like:

PS C:\> New-AzureQuickVM -Windows -name "SomeVMName" -ImageName $imagelist[4].imagename -ServiceName $mySvc -Location $locations[0].name -Password $myPwd


Pretty simple, powerful – and ready to play with. I literally had this up and going in around 15 minutes – from opening the account, downloading the powershell bits, to deploying workstations in the “Cloud”.


You have the option of uploading your own sysprepped images to cloud BLOB storage, and leveraging your own optimized images as well. With Orchestrator Runbooks and System Center Operations Manager plugins, its an interesting approach to Hybrid Cloud.

Announcing Networker2go v2.5 !

Announcing Networker2go v2.5 ! by @hyperv_guy Karsten Bott

Hello all,

i am pleased to announce networker2go which supersedes my brs2go.

Therefore, networker2go is Version 2.5

Networker2go is a fully Automated Setup Environment for Exchange2013, SQL2012, SCVMM with Networker on VMware Workstation. You can Select Different Base Images ( Server 2012 or Server 2012R2 ) during Setup.

Idea of Networker2go is to have a learning and testing Handson Labs without the need for knowing the details of an Exchange or AD Setup

!

Current Version is Version 2.5.38-84509

see here for a list of changes

 

 

Getting Started with Networker2go

Before we can start with networker2go, we need to Prepare our machines.

Make Sure you follow all Steps below ! If you do not follow these steps, it may not work and you will be dissatisfied.

If you face issues, send me a message with twitter for fast response using  @hyperv_guy  #networker2go #install

Initial Downloads and Directory Preparation

To keep the Downloads as small as Possible, there are Certain packages you need  to grab.

So before we ca begin, we need to Download some Packages.

  1. First of all you need to Download the Networker2go Base Package.(networker2go.zip)
    It Contains all the Scripts and Dummy Directories. Extract it to a Location of your Choice, which is your networker2Go Directory
  2. Download the Sources.vhd Containing the basic Sources like Networker 8.112 and NMM3.0.12.
    Once mounted ( we do that Later ), this is the drive where we extract Additional Packges to.
  3. Download the Server2012 or Server2012R2 Master( or both) and extract them to your networker2Go Directory.

Your Networker2go Directory may look like this now:

Preparing your Computer for Networker2go:

 

Networker2go requires Windows7 with Powershell 3.0 installed at minimum !

Special Instuctions for Windows 7 Users, the Procedure is available in a Video and in the Section down below:

Checking Powershell 3.0 is Installed:

Networker2go requires at least Powershell 3.0 or Greater. If you run Windows8 or higher, you are Fine.

If you are on Windows7, you need to follow these steps:

  1. Click on the Start Button. In the Search Tab, enter Powershell.exe. Right click the Search result and select Run As Administrator
  2. In the Powershell Windows, at the prompt enter:
    $PSVersionTable
    If the PSVERSION shows a Value lower then 3.0, you need to Upgrade Powershell:
    1. Upgrade, .Net Framework to Version 4.0. A Package is logated in the Networker2go Base Directory

      Double Click .net to install. A reboot may be required.

    2. Install Powershell 3.0 The 64 Bit version is required and Located in the Networker2go basedirectory

      Double Click to install.

Setting Powershell Execution Policy

In Oder to be able to Run Powershell Scripts, we need set the Execution Policy to unrestricted.

  1. Click on the Start Button. In the Search Tab, enter Powershell.exe. Right click the Search result and select Run As Administrator
  2. In the Powershell Windows, at the prompt enter:
    Set-ExecutionPolicy -ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted
  3. Leave the Powershell window open for later!

 

The First and almost Most Tricky Part is Done !

These Steps only need to be done Once !

Starting here also when Windows 8 or Greater...

Preparing the Sources

Now it´s time to prepare the sources.vhd. This is a Windows Virtual Harddisk that hosts all required Software to be installed on the VM´s.

  1. In the Powershell Window from Above, change the Location to the folder you installed networker2go, for example e:\networker2go
    This can be done either by the Powershell command set-location or it´s alias cd:
    set-location e:\networker2go


  2. Update networker2go to the latest version using networker2go -action Update:
    .\networker2go.ps1 -action update


  3. Now that we are on the latest Version, it is time to mount the source vhd. It ist expected that sources is mounted under c:\sources unless you are an expert user.
    I Prepared a Small Helper script, however, on some machines it needs 2 run at leas twice to be successfull. Don´t worry, it´s windows.In the Powershell window, run mount-sourcevhd.ps1 -mount:
    .\mount-sourcevhd.ps1 -mount -Sourcevhd .\sources.vhd


    When Successful, you will see the Sources mounted in c:\sources:

 

 

Last, create a Desktop Shortcut for networker2go

.\networker2go.ps1 -action createshortcut





















Well Done !

Close the powershell Window now.

networker2go is ready to Rock and Roll !!!!

Downloading Software Evaluations

if you do not have MSDN available and no collegue passed the Networker2go sources.vhd to you,

you need to Download the Options that you wish to Deploy from Microsoft an others ....

Corp Users: Drop off VPN NOW !!!

 

For example, if you want to Test Exchange 2013 CU1, Download and extract Exchange to c:\Sources\E2013CU1 ( Also, the Installer will check for the right Directory )

If you intend to use Networker, you need to Place the Full Version of Java 32Bit and Adobe Acrobat in the Sources Root.

While downloading the Packages, you may Already start with the Deployment of your first Domain Controller  in the next Chapter!

Here is a Table with files and where to Extract the Files (ISO´s are recommended to be mounted with http://files.elby.ch/download/SetupVirtualCloneDrive5.exe   when on windows 7 ! ). make sure you only download what you intend to use to keep your Disk usage low.

 

PackageExtract LocationrequiredRequired for
Networker2go.zipDirectory of your Choice, should be on SSD with at least 45GB [networker2godir], ex: e:\networker2goyes
Sources.7z[networker2godir]\sources.vhdyes
Server2012[networker2godir]\2012Masteropt 1-Master 2012Master
Server2012R2[networker2godir]\2012R2Masteropt 2-Master 2012R2Master
Server2012R2Update[networker2godir]\2012R2UMasteropt 3-Master 2012R2UMaster
Exchange 2013 CU1C:\Sources\E2013CU1no-Exchange -ex_cu cu1
Exchange 2013 CU2C:\Sources\E2013CU2no-Exchange -ex_cu cu2
Exchange 2013 CU3C:\Sources\E2013CU3no-Exchange -ex_cu cu3
Exchange 2013 SP1C:\Sources\E2013SP1no-Exchange -ex_cu sp1
SQL2012SP1c:\sources\SQL2012SP1no-AAG
SQL2014Eval
Adventure WorksC:\sources\aworks\no-AAG
SCVMM2012R2

c:\sources\sc2012 R2 SCVMM

no-HV -SCVMM
AdbeRdr11006_en_US.exec:\sources\AdbeRdr11006_en_US.exeno-NW
Networker 8.2 betac:\sources\nw82 *Feedbackcentral per Invitationno-NW -nw_ver nw82
Networker 8.1.1.4c:\sources\nw8114no-NW -nw_ver nw8114
Networker 8.1.1.3Included in base Packageno-NW -nw_ver nw8113
Networker 8.1.1.2Included in base Package-NW -nw_ver nw8112
Networker 8.1.0.5c:\sources\nw8105no-NW -nw_ver nw8105
Networker 8.1.0.4c:\sources\nw8104no-NW -nw_ver nw8104
Networker 8.1.0.3c:\sources\nw8103no-NW -nw_ver nw8103
Networker 8.1.0.2c:\sources\nw8102no-NW -nw_ver nw8102
Networker 7.6sp5c:\sources\nw76sp5no-NW -nw_ver nw765
Networker anyversionc:\sources\nwunknown *this installs any other version of networker not listed my networker2go installer
NMM 8.2c:\sources\nmm82no-nmm_ver nmm82
NMM 3.00no-nmm_ver nmm300
NMM 3.01no-nmm_ver nmm301
NMM 3.0.12no-nmm_ver nmm3012
NMM 2012no-nmm_ver nmm2012
WAIK

c.\sources\waik

for WAIK to be downloade, you first need to download adksetup.exe. Follow these instructions for an offline install

noHV -scvmm

 

Here is an Example of a Sources Dir containing packages for exchange2013sp1 and SCVMM

 

 

Last Action before you start the first Run:
please make sure that you configure your VMNET2 to the following Settings:

 

VMnet2.png

Now it is Time for the First Deployment:

Double Click on your networker2go Icon on the Desktop

 

The first Deploymen, also a test if everything is right, is to deploy a Domain controller.

I Try my very Best to check if all Packages required for  Workorder are here.

To Install a new DC, simply run

networker2go.ps1 -DConly





















This installs a Domaincontroller in the Default Domain vlab2go, Network is 192.168.2.0/24

 

Exerts:

If you want to Customize your Domain, you may also run

networker2go.ps1 -DConly -BuildDomain MyDomain -subnet 10.10.0.0














































 

 

No Cheating here, if a DC is already Deployed, i will detect Subnet and Domain Name !

Per default, the Master Image for 2012R2 is selected.

 

If you want to add a DAG with Networker Support to it running exchange 2013SP1 with Server2012 as Master Image, you can run

networker2go.ps1 -EX -DAG  -BuildDomain MyDomain -NW -Master 2012MASTER





















 

Here are links on some Howto Topics for various Scenarios

 

TopicLink
Install Networker2go with Exchange DAG[howto] Networker2go: Configure the networker Server after install
Configuration Tasks after Installation[howto] Networker2go: Configure the networker Server after install
My First DAG backup[howto] networker2go: My first Exchange DAG Backup
Single Item Restore with NMM[howto] Networker2go: Single Item RDB Restore with Exchange 2013 and NMM
Accessing Networker Documentation on Exchange Server[howto] Networker2go: Accessing Documentation in Exchange