After seven posts on how to get started with Microsoft Azure Stack/Azure Stack Development Kit, I think it’s finally time to share some additional resources that can help you on this amazing journey!
First (and the most important one… and the one that I already mentioned a few times) is the official documentation – hosted at docs.microsoft.com, regularly updated… with everything you need… just at the tip of your fingers! Amazing!
One other important topic of running your Microsoft Azure Stack/ASDK environment is updating. You’ll need to update your deployment regularly to stay supported.
So… how do we do it?
First, you’ll download updates by using the provided Azure Stack Updates Downloader utility.
If you remember the following video, starting at 1:04, you could see the Downloader in action:
Next, you’ll unpack and upload the updates to your Stack deployment (to the updateadminaccount storage account, to be exact):
As the last step, Azure Stack will pick the info about uploaded updates and let you press the (magic) Update now button.
Then… we wait and our updates will be (magically) installed. And that’s it! Cool!
I’ve recorded a short video about this one as well:
Note, though, that updating of the nested Azure Stack/ASDK (i.e. installed inside of a virtual machine, either on Hyper-V, Azure or somewhere else) will probably not work… and this is perfectly fine (and expected)!
P.S. The whole YouTube playlist is available here.
Once you’re all set with preparing your Azure Stack/ASDK infrastructure, it’s time to let other users actually use it by forming tenants.
For this, you’ll first create a Plan which contains all the services a tenant is allowed to use with setting the appropriate Quotas on these services. Next, you’ll create an Offer consisting of the plan you just created (and any other you may have created earlier). With that, you can create a Subscription which will, finally, allow your user to consume Azure Stack/ASDK services (i.e. provision virtual machines and any other service you may have put in your plan).
I’ve made a short video about provisioning the above mentioned for my newly created TestUser@azurestack.local user: