Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Microsoft Azure Stack - Deployment Architecture with VM Roles - Part 2

Hello Everyone,

This post is to explain single node deployment architecture for Azure Stack Development Kit & default VM Roles which are created during ASDK Deployment.

Let's start with Azure Stack HLD Architecture for Single Node deployment...


Azure Stack Development Kit Architecture shown below is High Level Design (HLD) where I have shown how ASDK & all VM Roles will be deployed on Physical Host.

Detailed Low Level Design (LLD) will be explained in next post where I will explain detailed requirements for deploying ASDK.

ASDK HLD Architecture:

As shown in above diagram, I have shown a Physical Host where You will deploy Windows Server 2016 OS & later You will download ASDK File on the server. 

Once Download is completed, You need to prepare Azure Stack OS named as "Cloudbuilder.vhdx" using ASDK Installer file. During ASDK OS preparation, You have to provide some required information & later need to reboot the server.

Now, once reboot is started, Your server will have dual booted means it will run with 2 Operating Systems - Windows Server 2016 OS (which is installed first on physical host) & Azure Stack OS (Cloudbuilder.vhdx file is attached to Physical Host).

Now, Boot Order will by default change to Azure Stack OS (Cloudbuilder.vhdx) which is also running with Windows Server 2016 OS.

This Azure Stack OS has required roles & features installed like Hyper-V, ADDS, DNS etc

Once You login in Azure Stack OS, You need to install ASDK again using ASDK Installer which will later deploy all VM Roles & configure networking roles.

In my upcoming posts, I will explain about installation process step by step with screenshots. 😉😉  


ASDK is deployed only on single physical node. This can be used only for testing or development environment (NOT FOR PRODUCTION ENVIRONMENT) where You can create, deploy & evaluate Azure Stack services & have self-service portal experience. 


Azure Stack ASDK provide services with certain pre-defined Virtual Machine Roles which cannot be modified & cannot not be connected through RDP or console. These are also known as Management VMs where You cannot configure or do any changes.

You have to use only Azure Stack Admin Portal where You can create & manage Your services which You want to evaluate. Tenants will use offered services through Tenant Portal.

NOTE: These all VM Roles are already described on Microsoft Azure Stack Document Site as well.

Below are the default Azure Stack Management VM Roles which control all management services:

This is all about Azure Stack Development Kit HLD Architecture with default VM Roles.

In my next post, I will explain ASDK Prerequisites with LLD Architecture in details.

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