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Windows Server 2019 with Azure Network Adapter on Windows Admin Center Easy Azure VPN Connections #ANA #winserv #WindowsAdminCenter #WindowsServer2019   2 comments

Windows Admin Center is a new, locally-deployed, browser-based management tool set that lets you manage your Windows Servers with no Azure or cloud dependency. Windows Admin Center gives you full control over all aspects of your server infrastructure and is particularly useful for managing servers on private networks that are not connected to the Internet.

With every new version there are new plugins or options in Windows Admin Center so you server management is getting easier and quicker. In this blog I will show you how to build a point to site VPN from a windows server 2019 with Windows Admin Center. You will need the Insiders preview For this. 

The Azure Network Adapter extension in Windows Admin Center "automates the configuration for the Azure Virtual Network gateway as well as the on-premises VPN client," Microsoft’s announcement explained.

Windows Server 2019 with Azure Network Adapter

 

The setup of point-to-site VPN connections is enabled by using an Azure Network Adapter network extension in Windows Admin Center. In the Server manager under network there is the option to add the Azure VPN

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Do the Azure Network adapter (ANA) + and If you are not registered to Azure already in the Windows Admin Center then you need to do this first.

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Do the Register Windows Admin Center to azure.

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Do Register, Remember you need to enable Popups I your browser is you are not allowing this.

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Copy the Code and use this in the next login windows.

Windows Admin Center Azure ConnectionWindows Admin Center Azure Connection

Paste the Code into the screen and you are sign in into Azure.

Windows Admin Center Azure Connection

Windows Admin Center Azure Connection

The next steps are importand as most of us don read the text and just press next. ‘-)

We select a tenant what to use in the Azure portal. You can find the right ID in you Azure Active directory

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By doing Properties you will see the Tenand ID

Windows Admin Center Azure Connection

Do register.

Windows Admin Center Azure Connection

As Most do next and complaining it doesn’t work see the text :

Require permissions then click Grand permissions on YES. So go to the Azure portal

Windows Server 2019 with Azure Network Adapter

You’ll need to visit the Azure portal to grant permissions to the application:

Go to the Azure AD app registration

Windows Server 2019 with Azure Network Adapter

Select ‘Settings’ > ‘Required permissions’, then click ‘Grant Permissions’ > ‘Yes’

Windows Server 2019 with Azure Network Adapter

If you for get this step the popup will fail and you can’t add the network.

Now we can really begin with the Azure VPN connection. #ANA

Windows Server 2019 with Azure Network Adapter Fill in the details your subscription and location with the network.

 

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If you don’t have a Azure network you need to create one first in the Azure portal, as a Point to site connection is connection to you azure network.

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After a few moments you can see in the Azure Portal that the Gateway is created.

Note: The creation could take much longer (~25 minutes) if the Azure Virtual Network gateway needs to be created. In this case it is I did not have a gateway.

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Once your Point-to-site VPN is “Connected” your server now has a connection to the Azure Virtual Network.  The server will be able to communicate to any Azure resources in the Virtual Network.

Windows Server 2019 with Azure Network Adapter

In the Windows Admin Center you get a nice detailed overview of the connection. Once your Point-to-site VPN is “Connected” your server now has a connection to the Azure Virtual Network.  The server will be able to communicate to any Azure resources in the Virtual Network.

Windows Server 2019 with Azure Network Adapter

On the Client you see also the extra networks. I created Two extra Point to Site connections. to two different subscriptions.  just to see if this was working.

To test if the connection was working I connect to a Azure VM by the internal IP.

Windows Server 2019 with Azure Network Adapter

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The internal network IP of the Azure VM.

Windows Server 2019 with Azure Network Adapter

As you can see the Created certificates to Azure are on the Windows server 2019.

See how easy this is!


Ready to give it a shot!?  Try out Azure Network Adapter in the Windows Admin Center Version 1809!
Note: Windows Admin Center Version 1809 will be released in September.

Previously creating hybrid cloud connectivity required expertise in networking, certificate management, and even infrastructure setup and maintenance.  Now with the Azure Network Adapter in Windows Admin Center (version 1809), hybrid connectivity can be configured with the click of a button!  The Azure Network Adapter automates the configuration of the Azure Virtual Network gateway and VPN client installation for you!

 

 

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Upgrading and what is new in Windows Server 2019 Clustering #winserv #RunWS2019 #WindowsServer2019   Leave a comment

This blog post is the first of a series on Windows Server 2019. #MSIgnite is coming and there will be a lot of new features coming. So in preparation I’ll show you what is changed and how to build things in Windows Server 2019. In this there is a upgrade and some new functions to the Cluster.

  1. Hybrid: Windows Server 2019 and Windows Admin Center will make it easier for our customers to connect existing on-premises environments to Azure. With Windows Admin Center it also easier for customers on Windows Server 2019 to use Azure services such as Azure Backup, Azure Site Recovery, and more services will be added over time.
  2. Security: Security continues to be a top priority for our customers and we are committed to helping our customers elevate their security posture. Windows Server 2016 started on this journey and Windows Server 2019 builds on that strong foundation, along with some shared security features with Windows 10, such as Defender ATP for server and Defender Exploit Guard.
  3. Application Platform: Containers are becoming popular as developers and operations teams realize the benefits of running in this new model. In addition to the work we did in Windows Server 2016, we have been busy with the Semi-Annual Channel releases and all that work culminates in Windows Server 2019. Examples of these include Linux containers on Windows, the work on the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL), and the smaller container images.
  4. Hyper-converged Infrastructure (HCI): If you are thinking about evolving your physical or host server infrastructure, you should consider HCI. This new deployment model allows you to consolidate compute, storage, and networking into the same nodes allowing you to reduce the infrastructure cost while still getting better performance, scalability, and reliability.

 

Installing the Windows Server 2019 is not different than 2016. There is an extra disk space warning menu.

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As an upgrade I want to keep my files.

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If you need to free up more disk space then there is a little warning. It may happen that the screen needs to refresh before you see the confirm option.

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The upgrade is starting depending on the server speed it will take some time.image image

After the upgrade is done and the first logon the Server manager is starting and there is a popup of would you like to install Windows Admin Center.

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Now that the upgrade is done we can take a look at the Cluster Changes. First if we check the Cluster Functional Level with PowerShell.

Get-Cluster | Select ClusterFunctionalLevel

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This is now Version 10

  • Windows Server 2012 R2 functional level value of 8
  • Windows Server 2016 functional level value of 9
  • Windows Server 2019 functional level value of 10

 

Windows Server 2019 USB file Witness

The other big change is the placement of your witness files. this can now be on a USB device.

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One of the quorum models for Failover Clustering is the ability to use a file share as a witness resource.  As a recap, the File Share Witness is designated a vote in the Cluster when needed and can act as a tie breaker in case there is ever a split between nodes (mainly seen in multi-site scenarios). See also my other blog posts https://robertsmit.wordpress.com/category/clustering/ 

This means NO kerberos, NO domain controller, NO certificates, and NO Cluster Name Object needed, and NO account needed on the nodes.

Simply plug your USB drive into the port in the router and get into your router’s interface.  In there, you can set up your share name, username, and password for access.  Use the PowerShell command above pointing it to the router and share, and you are good to go.  To answer your next question, this works with SMB 2.0 and above.  SMB 3.0 is not required for the witness type.

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Setting up the share on my network device

Next is setting the Witness, this can only be done with PowerShell.

Set-ClusterQuorum -FileShareWitness \\SERVER\SHARE -Credential $(Get-Credential)

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A credential popup, and type your account and password.

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After this check your cluster and you can see the Witness is set.

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Other Cluster Changes are there but not direct visible in the Gui PowerShell is needed/

When comparing the Storage space section there are some other options and more. Not all options are new some have a different value.

 

Windows Server 2019                                                                                                          Windows Server 2016

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One of these changes is S2DBusTypes in Windows Server 2016 it has a value of 0 but it could be changed if you had different storage. (not supported)

I created a blog post about this to add USB storage to build a SOFS with clustered storage spaces. So enabling the options I start Building My Scaleout File Server with My USB thumbdrive Storage.

https://robertsmit.wordpress.com/2015/05/18/building-usb-sofs-with-storage-spaces-direct-s2d-ws2016/

With a little help of this STORAGE_BUS_TYPE enumeration on MSDN we could do Fun things with some old disks.

https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/ff800833(v=vs.85).aspx

 

In server 2019 it has a value of 396288 which is the the number of the supported disk types for Storage spaces direct.

S2DBusTypes                           : 396288

Changing these values is not best practice and could brake your cluster. Or bring unstable situations. 

 

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Make Windows Admin Center High available running on a Windows Server 2019 Cluster #winserv #RunWS2019 #WindowsAdminCenter #WindowsServer2019   Leave a comment

The new new tool Windows Admin Center is THE tool to use when managing your Environment you can install this on almost any server (no Domain Controller) but even this device needs a reboot from time to time. Therefor we make the Windows Admin Center High available. When installing this on a cluster the Tools gets better uptime. And is there when you need it. The resources that are used is minimal.

Windows Admin Center is a new, locally-deployed, browser-based management tool set that lets you manage your Windows Servers with no Azure or cloud dependency. Windows Admin Center gives you full control over all aspects of your server infrastructure and is particularly useful for managing servers on private networks that are not connected to the Internet.

Windows Admin Center is the modern evolution of "in-box" management tools, like Server Manager and MMC. It complements System Center – it’s not a replacement.

First we take our cluster, in this case my test cluster witch runs all kinds of load.

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Get the latest Windows Admin center build. http://aka.ms/WACDownload

save this on the Cluster node, and remember you can’t run Windows Admin Center with IE – Internet Explorer!

When checking this I saw the Cluster team create already a Powershell Script to make the WAC HA. so there goes my blog.

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Well You can run the PowerShell Scripts. But that’s no Fun.  but I understand if you are busy and or you don’t want to know what is behind the script.

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/manage/windows-admin-center/deploy/high-availability

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In this case I do it all manual, well not all there are some good parts in the Script

First we need a Certificate, I use a self signed and yes this needs to be changed every 90 days

Fill in the Variables 

$clientAccessPoint="mvpwac03"
$tmpPassword = "Temppassword"
$certPath = "c:\temp\sme3.pfx"
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Write-Output "Creating self signed certificate"
    $domain= (Get-WmiObject win32_computersystem).Domain
    $dnsName = $clientAccessPoint+"."+$domain
    $cert = New-SelfSignedCertificate -DnsName $dnsName -CertStoreLocation "cert:\LocalMachine\My" -NotAfter (Get-Date).AddMonths(3)
    $certPassword = ConvertTo-SecureString -String $tmpPassword -Force -AsPlainText
    $cert | Export-PfxCertificate -FilePath $certPath -Password $certPassword | Out-Null 

 

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Import the Certificate

$cert.Import($certPath, $certPassword,’DefaultKeySet’)

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Save the Thumbprint for later

$cert.Thumbprint

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Now We are installing the Windows Admin Center , I use a preview but get the latest version here http://aka.ms/WACDownload

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Don’t forget the trusted site checkbox.

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Here is the Thumbprint that is used in the Certificate , Next is installing the Windows Admin Center.

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Now that Windows Admin Center is installed We are almost ready.

The next steps are stopping the services and set this to manual as the Failover Cluster Manager controls the run status

Set-Service ServerManagementGateway -startuptype "manual"
Stop-Service ServerManagementGateway

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Now that this is ready we need to think about the file location as this is currently on the C drive.

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And we don’t want to have two or more configurations. there for we place this on the CSV volume.

Copy all the file into the CSV volume folder

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When this is done we are adjusting the Services.

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$staticAddress="10.255.255.222"
$portNumber="443"
$smePath="C:\ClusterStorage\vdisk20\ux"
$certThumbprint="1D243A17BBD62271DA0DF8EE4FF0FD65C5AE5A37"
$clientAccessPoint="mvpwac03"
$registryPath = "HKLM:\Software\Microsoft\ServerManagementGateway\Ha"

    New-ItemProperty -Path $registryPath -Name IsHaEnabled -Value "true" -PropertyType String -Force | Out-Null
    New-ItemProperty -Path $registryPath -Name StoragePath -Value $smePath -PropertyType String -Force | Out-Null
    New-ItemProperty -Path $registryPath -Name Thumbprint -Value $certThumbprint -PropertyType String -Force | Out-Null
    New-ItemProperty -Path $registryPath -Name Port -Value $portNumber -PropertyType DWord -Force | Out-Null
    New-ItemProperty -Path $registryPath -Name ClientAccessPoint -Value $clientAccessPoint -PropertyType String -Force | Out-Null
    $staticAddressValue = $staticAddress -join ‘,’
    New-ItemProperty -Path $registryPath -Name StaticAddress -Value $staticAddress -PropertyType String -Force | Out-Null
   
    New-ItemProperty -Path HKLM:\Software\Microsoft\ServerManagementGateway -Name InstallDir -Value $smePath -PropertyType String -Force | Out-Null
    New-ItemProperty -Path HKLM:\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\ServerManagementGateway -Name ImagePath -Value $smePath\sme.exe -PropertyType String -Force | Out-Null

   
    #grant permissions to Network Service for the UX folder
    $Acl = Get-Acl $UxFolder
    $sID = New-Object System.Security.Principal.SecurityIdentifier("S-1-5-20")
    $Ar = New-Object  system.security.accesscontrol.filesystemaccessrule($sID,"FullControl","ContainerInherit,ObjectInherit","None", "Allow")
    $Acl.SetAccessRule($Ar)
    Set-Acl $UxFolder $Acl

 

After running this the path changed to the CSV location and the HA values are there

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The Windows Admin Center HA values are there.

The last step on this cluster node is creating the cluster resource.

$staticAddress="10.255.255.222"
$clientAccessPoint="mvpwac03"
$registryPath2 = "SOFTWARE\Microsoft\ServerManagementGateway\Ha"
   
Add-ClusterGenericServiceRole -ServiceName ServerManagementGateway -Name $clientAccessPoint -CheckpointKey $registryPath2 -StaticAddress $staticAddress

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Remember the HA cluster resource does not need the  HKLM:\ as in the other variables.

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Now we have installed the Windows Admin Center in the Cluster.  For all the other nodes in the cluster we need to do almost the same.

Or we could export the Register keys and add them in the nodes as we already placed the files on the CSV and created a cluster resource.

All the other nodes don’t have a Windows Admin Center services. Using the register keys is working but you will need a reboot.  As we create first a fake services and then place the regkeys no reboot is needed. Or just import the register keys and do a reboot of the node.

New-Service -Name ServerManagementGateway -DisplayName "Windows Admin Center" -BinaryPathName "C:\ClusterStorage\vdisk20\ux"

First regkey <>

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\ServerManagementGateway]
"Version"="1.1.24609.0"
"InstallDir"="C:\\ClusterStorage\\vdisk20\\ux"
"SmePort"="443"
"UseHttps"="1"
"DevMode"=""
"DataEncryptionCertificateThumbprint"="83D5FBC5AD758C2B23BADBD83117AC5EAA0E8F2B"
"RedirectPort80"="1"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\ServerManagementGateway\Ha]
"IsHaEnabled"="true"
"StoragePath"="C:\\ClusterStorage\\vdisk20\\ux"
"Thumbprint"="1D243A17BBD62271DA0DF8EE4FF0FD65C5AE5A37"
"Port"=dword:000001bb
"ClientAccessPoint"="mvpwac03"
"StaticAddress"="10.255.255.222"

 

Second Regkey <>

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\ServerManagementGateway]
"Type"=dword:00000010
"Start"=dword:00000003
"ErrorControl"=dword:00000001
"ImagePath"="C:\\ClusterStorage\\vdisk20\\ux\\sme.exe"
"DisplayName"="Windows Admin Center"
"ObjectName"="NT Authority\\NetworkService"
"Description"="Windows Admin Center"
"FailureActions"=hex:80,51,01,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,03,00,00,00,14,00,00,\
  00,00,00,00,00,d0,07,00,00,00,00,00,00,d0,07,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00
"Environment"=hex(7):43,00,4f,00,4d,00,50,00,55,00,54,00,45,00,52,00,4e,00,41,\
  00,4d,00,45,00,3d,00,4d,00,56,00,50,00,57,00,41,00,43,00,30,00,33,00,00,00,\
  5f,00,43,00,4c,00,55,00,53,00,54,00,45,00,52,00,5f,00,4e,00,45,00,54,00,57,\
  00,4f,00,52,00,4b,00,5f,00,46,00,51,00,44,00,4e,00,5f,00,3d,00,4d,00,56,00,\
  50,00,57,00,41,00,43,00,30,00,33,00,2e,00,6d,00,76,00,70,00,2e,00,6c,00,6f,\
  00,63,00,61,00,6c,00,00,00,5f,00,43,00,4c,00,55,00,53,00,54,00,45,00,52,00,\
  5f,00,4e,00,45,00,54,00,57,00,4f,00,52,00,4b,00,5f,00,48,00,4f,00,53,00,54,\
  00,4e,00,41,00,4d,00,45,00,5f,00,3d,00,4d,00,56,00,50,00,57,00,41,00,43,00,\
  30,00,33,00,00,00,5f,00,43,00,4c,00,55,00,53,00,54,00,45,00,52,00,5f,00,4e,\
  00,45,00,54,00,57,00,4f,00,52,00,4b,00,5f,00,4e,00,41,00,4d,00,45,00,5f,00,\
  3d,00,4d,00,56,00,50,00,57,00,41,00,43,00,30,00,33,00,00,00,00,00

With this in place all nodes can run Windows admin center in HA mode, but it will not run on IE. and this is the only default browser on the server. To test if it is working you will need Edge or Chrome.

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As you can see it is not that simple to make things high available. Using the Powershell scripts provided by microsoft But if using these script you need to rename the MSI file if you are using the insiderspreview or any other build that is not named as ServerManagementGateway.msi

WindowsAdminCenterPreview1808.msi rename to ServerManagementGateway.msi 

You can deploy Windows Admin Center in a failover cluster to provide high availability for your Windows Admin Center gateway service. The solution provided is an active-passive solution, where only one instance of Windows Admin Center is active. If one of the nodes in the cluster fails, Windows Admin Center gracefully fails over to another node, letting you continue managing the servers in your environment seamlessly.

High-availability deployment scripts from Windows Admin Center HA Setup Scripts zip file. Download the .zip file containing these scripts to your local machine and then copy the scripts as needed.

 

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