Windows Azure Pack for Windows Server – Part 3: Installation (Express Deployment)

In our last post, we went through the System Requirements and Prerequisites. Now we walk through one of the options for Installation.

There are 2 options for installing the Windows Azure Pack; namely Express and Distributed.

For a detailed understanding on the different architecture, refer to the TechNet article: Windows Azure Pack Architecture.

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.

We are going to be using the following TechNet article: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn296439.aspx.

 

To install the Portal and API Express option

Start the Web Platform Installer.

WAP Install - 01 - Web Platform Installer

Type Windows Azure Pack in the search box. Click Add next to Windows Azure Pack: Portal and API Express, and then click Install.

WAP Install - 02 - Portal and API Express

Accept the terms and conditions on the Prerequisites page.

WAP Install - 03 - License Terms

The installation begins. Your machine might restart during the installation.

WAP Install - 04 - Installation Progress

When the installation is completed, ensure that all Internet Explorer windows are closed, and then click Continue to start the Service Management Configuration site.

WAP Install - 05 - Configure

The Configuration site https://localhost:30101/ opens in Internet Explorer. If the Internet Explorer security certificate warning page is displayed, click Continue to this website.

Tip: If you need to restart Internet Explorer, be sure to use the Run as administrator option

WAP Install - 06 - IE Cert Warning

On the Database Server Setup page, enter the name of the database server or instance of Microsoft SQL Server. For single machine express deployments, this is the same machine you’re currently installing to (WAPPortal, for example).

Select the mode of authentication that you want to use, SQL Server Authentication or Windows Authentication. For guidance on which mode to use, see Choosing an Authentication Mode.

If you select SQL Server Authentication, enter the database server administrator user name and password.

Enter a passphrase that is to be used to encrypt and to decrypt data in the Configuration Store. Enter the passphrase again to confirm it, and then click the next arrow.

Important: Ensure that you write down the passphrase. If you forget or lose this passphrase, there is no way to recover it.

WAP Install - 07 - Database Server Setup

On the Customer Experience Improvement Program, choose if you will participate in the program or not.

WAP Install - 08 - CEIP

The features that are to be installed are listed on the Features Setup page.

WAP Install - 09 - Features Setup

After the features are successfully configured, click the check mark in the bottom right corner of the Features Setup.

WAP Install - 10 - Features Configured

To go to the management portal for administrators, open an internet browser and go to https://localhost:30091/#Workspaces/WebSystemAdminExtension/quickStart.

Note: You might have to log out of your system and log back on before you can access the management portal for administrators. This requirement is due to Windows Authentication and the requirement to add the security group to your security token.If you continue to get an “Access denied” error message, even after you log back on, close all Internet Explorer windows. Run Internet Explorer as an administrator.

WAP Install - 12 - Service Management Portal

To go to the management portal for tenants, open an internet browser and go to https://localhost:30081/#Workspaces/All/dashboard. The management portal for tenants allows tenants to subscribe to plans and add-ons, upload certificates, manage their accounts, and more.

WAP Install - 13 - Service Management Portal (Tenants)

The first time that you log on to either the management portal for administrators or the management portal for tenants, a tour of the portal is displayed. Click through the pages in the tour for an introduction to the management portal.

WAP Install - 11 - Management Portal Tour

 

Next steps

At this point, you have installed the required components of your Windows Azure Pack Express deployment. However, without provisioning at least one of the optional services, there is not much you can do. Therefore, you should add services, such as Windows Azure Pack: Web Sites or Virtual Machine Clouds, to your deployment.

In our next post, we will expand on our Windows Azure Pack installation by Provision and Configure Services.

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