Windows Azure Pack for Windows Server – Part 2: System Requirements & Prerequisites

In our last post, we were introduced to the Windows Azure Pack. In this post we will cover the System Requirements and Prerequisites.

The first thing to note, just like the System Center components/products, you can install all the elements onto a single server, or in a distributed model.

Similarly, there are two options to install Windows Azure Pack:

  • Express deployment. Installed on one machine for proof-of-concept testing.
  • Distributed deployment. Installed on several machines in a distributed deployment for production environments.

For an overview of the system requirements, see the following TechNet article: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn296442.aspx.

Since I am working in my lab, I’m not going to create separate VMs for each component, but rather for the purpose of getting to use/experience the product, I’m going to perform the Express deployment. It is this deployment option that I will document in this series. If anyone would like assistance (and for me to document) with the Distributed deployment option, please contact me via my About Me page.

 

System Requirements

For the official TechNet article with the System Requirements, see the following: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn469325.aspx.

Hardware Requirements

  • RAM: 8 GB (don’t use dynamic memory)
  • HDD Space: 40 GB

Software Requirements

  • Windows Server® 2012 or Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Microsoft Web Platform Installer 4.6
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack (SP) 1
  • Internet Information Services (IIS) 8 (built in component of Windows Server® 2012) or IIS 8.5 (built in component of Windows Server 2012 R2
  • .NET Framework 4.5 Extended, with ASP.NET for Windows 8

 

Prerequisites

Follow these steps to install prerequisite software on each component machine. In my lab, this will all be done on a single system.

Install Windows Server OS

The Windows Azure Pack (WAP) is supported on Windows Server 2012 or Windows Server 2012 R2 Operating System. In my lab example, I have installed Windows Server 2012 R2 on a dedicated VM.

WAP Install - Server 2012 R2

 

Disable Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration (ESC)

Launch Server Manager.

Launch Server Manager

In the Server Manager dialog, within the Local Server Properties, click on the “IE Enhanced Security Configuration” link.

WAP Install - Server Manager Details

In the Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration dialog, change the setting for Administrators from “On (Recommended)” to “Off“, then click OK.

WAP Install - IE ESC

 

Install Web Server IIS Role

In the Server Manager dialog, click on Manager > Add Roles and Features. This will launch the Add Roles and Features Wizard.

Server Manager - Add Roles And Features

On the Before You Begin screen, click Next.

WAP Install - IIS Role - 01 - Before You Begin

On the Installation Type screen, ensure that the “Role-based or feature-based installation” is selected, then click Next.

WAP Install - IIS Role - 02 - Installation Type

On the Server Selection screen, ensure the correct server is selected (more than likely the localhost), then click Next.

WAP Install - IIS Role - 03 - Server Selection

On the Server Roles screen, select Web Server (IIS). When you do, you will immediately encounter another dialog to add additionally required features. Click Add Features on the Add Features That Are Required For Web Server (IIS) dialog, then click Next.

WAP Install - IIS Role - 04 - Server Roles

On the Features screen, ensure that “.NET Framework 3.5“, and “ASP.NET 4.5” is selected.

WAP Install - IIS Role - 06 - Features

On the Web Server Role (IIS) screen, review the information presented, then click Next.

WAP Install - IIS Role - 07 - Web Server Role (IIS)

On the Role Services screen, ensure the following is selected (in addition to the default selections), then click Next.

  • Application Development > .NET Extensibility 4.5
  • Application Development > ASP.NET 4.5
  • Application Development > ISAPI Extensions
  • Application Development > ISAPI Filters

WAP Install - IIS Role - 08 - Role Services

On the Confirmation screen, click Install.

WAP Install - IIS Role - 09 - Confirmation

On the Results screen, click Close.

WAP Install - IIS Role - 10 - Results

 

Install Microsoft Web Platform Installer

As of this writing, the latest version of the Microsoft Web Platform Installer is 5.0. You can download it from here: http://www.microsoft.com/web/downloads/platform.aspx.

NOTE: If your server does not have an Internet connection, you will need to download the installer from this location: https://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9737537

Start the installation by launching the WebPlatformInstaller_amd64_en-US.msi file.

Read and accept the License Agreement, then click Install.

WAP Install - Web Platform Installer - 01 - License Agreement

Once the installation is complete, click Finish.

WAP Install - Web Platform Installer - 02 - Setup Finished

 

Now that we have all the Prerequisites installed and setup, we can move onto the actual Windows Azure Pack installation.

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