Azure hybrid

Azure Arc has been announced during Ignite 2019. This new service will help you to manage multi-cloud, your On-Premises environment, and your edge, like Azure Stack. You’ll connect your servers (physical or virtual) directly in the Azure console, to manage them from only one console. You’ll be able to apply RBAC, tags, etc.

The announcement is available here: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-services-now-run-anywhere-with-new-hybrid-capabilities-announcing-azure-arc/ and the full documentation is available here: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/azure-arc/servers/overview

To start, register the 2 resource providers that will help you to use Azure Arc (it’s currently in Public Preview), with these 2 commands:

Azure Arc

When it’s done, you can check the status of the registration, directly by using these commands:

Microsoft.HybridCompute

Microsoft.GuestConfiguration

Now, you can navigate to the portal, by using the following URL: https://aka.ms/hybridmachineportal

Click on Add:

Navigate to the portal

If you have many servers to register, I advise to use the second option, with a dedicated account, to avoid the connection to your Azure account every time: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/azure-arc/servers/quickstart-onboard-powershell

Generate a script to integrate a server in the Azure Arc console. I’ll do this on my On-Premises servers:

Generate a script (basics)

Because I don’t need the proxy to connect to the internet, I’ll continue until the end:

Generate a script (review & generate)

If you click on Download, it will download the Powershell script that you must use on your servers. I’ll execute it:

Download the Powershell script

After a few minutes and authentication on Azure, the server will be registered on Azure Arc:

Authentication on Azure

And with my Linux server:

Authentication on Linux

Machines list

You can click on a server to manage it:

Manage the server

At this time, you can only assign tags, RBAC roles, see logs with Log Analytics and apply policies.

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You can also add a server from the Windows Admin Center (version 1910 at least), by clicking on the server > Settings > Azure Arc for Servers:

Settings > Azure Arc for Servers

Azure Arc

As you see, this is a very interesting platform to manage all your environments. I’m sure that in the future, more services will be integrated with Azure Arc, like Azure hybrid services that we’ve in WAC.

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Florent Appointaire
Florent Appointaire is Microsoft Engineer with 5 years of experience, specialized in Cloud Technologies (Public/Hybrid/Private). He is a freelance consultant in Belgium from the beginning of 2017. He is MVP Cloud and Datacentre Management. He is MCSE Private Cloud and Hyper-V certified. His favorite products are SCVMM, SCOM, Windows Azure pack/Azure Stack and Microsoft Azure.