How to manage servers using Azure Arc part 1

How to manage servers using Azure Arc part 1

How to manage servers using Azure Arc part 1

Introduction

In this new series we will cover how to manage your server environment using Azure Arc.

But first, what is Azure Arc?

Azure Arc is the place to manage your servers if you are allowed to have them internet connected. It simplifies governance and the management by being able to manage both cloud servers and on-prem environments. It gives you an easy overview if your servers are compliant, which is very close to how we manage clients in Microsoft Intune.

In part 1 we will cover how to get started and have your first server managed by Azure Arc.

clip_image002

Picture source: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/azure-arc/media/overview/azure-arc-control-plane.png

Read more about its key features here Azure Arc overview – Azure Arc | Microsoft Docs

 

Overview of the series:

  • Part 1 – Enabling Azure Arc (this post)
  • Part 2 – Fundamental’s (log analytics and automation account)
  • Part 3 – Update Management
  • Part 4 – Change tracking and inventory
  • Part 5 – Configuration policies
  • Part 6 – Security (Defender for Servers)

 

Requirements

 

I have a resource group called ARC.

Before proceeding we need to make sure the subscription has the resource providers ready:

clip_image004

 

clip_image006

 

When the resource providers has been added we can search for "Arc" in the portal.

clip_image008

 

Under "Add your infrastructure for free" Click Add

clip_image010

 

Under Servers click add

clip_image012

 

Generate script

clip_image014

 

Click Next

clip_image016

 

Choose the resource group you created prior to this blog post "ARC"

Choose a region and Operating system that fits you. In this case North Europe and Windows.

clip_image018

 

For governance sake add some tags that fit into your environment.

clip_image020

 

Download the script.

clip_image022

 

Add the script to the server you like to onboard.

clip_image024

 

Start PowerShell elevated

clip_image025

 

Run the script

clip_image026

 

The script will ask you to open a browser and browse https://microsoft.com/devicelogin and enter the code.

clip_image028

You will be asked to insert your credentials which have permission to add the server to Azure Arc

 

image

image

image

 

You can close the browser now

image

 

A while later it will tell you it was onboarded.

clip_image034

 

And if you go to the Azure Arc portal under servers you can now see my server and start managing it.

clip_image036

 

 

clip_image038


Summary

Modern server management using Azure Arc is cool. It really has its potential and it is easy to use. If you have not yet seen this area of managing, you better get started.

Happy testing!

References:

Azure Arc overview – Azure Arc | Microsoft Docs

Table of Contents

Share this post
Search blog posts
Authors
Modern Workplace consultant and a Microsoft MVP in Enterprise Mobility.
Modern Workplace consultant and a Microsoft MVP in Windows and Devices for IT.

Infrastructure architect with focus on Modern Workplace and Microsoft 365 security.

Passionate IT professional with 20+ experience in IT architecture, consulting, and design. 

Cloud & security specialist with focus on Microsoft backend products and cloud technologies.

Infrastructure architect with focus on design, implementation, migration and consolidation.

Infrastructure consultant with focus on cloud solutions in Office365 and Azure.

follow us in feedly
Categories

Follow on SoMe