Category Archives: Azure

General Availability (GA) AzureStack partners: Integrated Systems

General Availability (GA) Microsoft partners are HP Enterprise, Dell, Lenovo and Cisco.

They will al come with a so called Integrated System. The systems include hardware, software, services, and enterprise-grade customer support. The GA-version will be available from Mid-CY17.

Azure Stack will initially be available in 46 countries:

  • EMEA: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, Monaco, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom
  • Americas: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, United States, Uruguay
  • APAC: Australia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand

The technologies provided in the GA release

include the following:

  • PaaS: Web Apps, Mobile Apps, and API Apps created using .NET, Java, PHP, or other technologies and Service Fabric1.
  • Security: Key Vault.
  • Compute: Windows and Linux Virtual Machines and VM Extensions for customization.
  • Storage: Blobs storage for unstructured data, Tables, and Queues.
  • Networking: Virtual Networks for isolated networks in the cloud, Load Balancers, and VPN Gateways.
  • Automated deployment: Azure Resource Manager for creating templates to automate deployment.

    Overview of enterprise azurestack portal

    enterprise azurestack portal

  • Management: Azure Stack Portal and support via Azure Resource Manager for clients like Visual Studio, PowerShell, and a command-line interface for Linux, Macintosh, and Windows).

Divide an IPv4 address into a network and host portion. (Quick overview)

If an organization has lots of computers, or if its computers are geographically spread, it’s a good idea to divide its netwerk into smaller ones (subnets) connected by routers. The benefit of using subnets are less traffic (most traffic will stay on the local netwerk) and easier to isolate and identify a network problem.

The subnet mask splits an IPv4 address into a network and a host portion.

In this table below you can see how you can split your subnets using a subnet mask.

binary   subnet mask decimal subnet mask Mask Bits nodes per subnet
1 0.0.0.0 /1 2147483648
11 128.0.0.0 /2 1073741824
111 192.0.0.0 /3 536870912
1111 224.0.0.0 /4 268435456
1111.1 248.0.0.0 /5 134217728
1111.11 252.0.0.0 /6 67108864
1111.111 254.0.0.0 /7 33554432
CLASS A
1111.1111 255.0.0.0 /8 16777214
1111.1111 1 255.128.0.0 /9 8388606
1111.1111 11 255.192.0.0 /10 4194302
1111.1111 111 255.224.0.0 /11 2097150
1111.1111 1111. 255.240.0.0 /12 1048574
1111.1111 1111.1 255.248.0.0 /13 524286
1111.1111 1111.11 255.252.0.0 /14 262142
1111.1111 1111.111 255.254.0.0 /15 131070
CLASS B
1111.1111 1111.1111 255.255.0.0 /16 65534
1111.1111 1111.1111 1 255.255.128.0 /17 32766
1111.1111 1111.1111 11 255.255.192.0 /18 16382
1111.1111 1111.1111 111 255.255.224.0 /19 8190
1111.1111 1111.1111 1111 255.255.240.0 /20 4094
1111.1111 1111.1111 1111.1 255.255.248.0 /21 2046
1111.1111 1111.1111 1111.11 255.255.252.0 /22 1022
1111.1111 1111.1111 1111.111 255.255.254.0 /23 510
CLASS C
1111.1111 1111.1111 1111.1111 255.255.255.0 /24 254
1111.1111 1111.1111 1111.1111 1 255.255.255.128 /25 126
1111.1111 1111.1111 1111.1111 11 255.255.255.192 /26 62
1111.1111 1111.1111 1111.1111 111 255.255.255.224 /27 30
1111.1111 1111.1111 1111.1111 1111 255.255.255.240 /28 14
1111.1111 1111.1111 1111.1111 1111.1 255.255.255.248 /29 6
1111.1111 1111.1111 1111.1111 1111.11 255.255.255.252 /30 2
1111.1111 1111.1111 1111.1111 1111.111 255.255.255.254 /31 0
1111.1111 1111.1111 1111.1111 1111.1111 255.255.255.255 /32 0

#mms2013, Microsofts End-User Self-Service Portals, a User-Centric approach!

During the Microsoft Management Summit 2013 (MMS2013) I saw Microsoft is shifting from a Device-Centric to a User-Centric approach with a lot of their products. They have different product available and a some of them use an End-User Self-Service Portal. They call it the User-Centric approach.

At this moment (april 2013) I see End-User Self-Service portals for 4 System Center 2012 products and a couple of other Self-Service portal outside the System Center Suite.

System Center Service Manager Self-Service Portal

System Center App-Controller Self-Service portal

System Center Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service portal

System Center Configuration Manager has two Self-Service portals (Application Catalog and Software Center)

ConfigMgr Software Center

ConfigMgr Application Catalog

Windows Intune

Windows Intune is not a System Center product, however you can use it as an add-on in System Center ConfigMgr. Intune has it’s own selfservice portal (Windows Intune Center or the Company Portal)

Windows Intune Center

Windows Intune, Company Portal

Azure has a Self-Service portal for customers.

Service Provider Foundation has a Service Management Portal for Administrators and a separate one for the different tenants.

I do not know all Microsoft product in detail, but if you know more Microsoft Product with and End-User Self-Service Portal in it, let me know!

Personaly i think Microsoft needs something like a System Center End User Portal (SCEUP) product which can combine all End-User portals into one single pane of glass.