Cloud Field Day – Kemp

I will be a delegate for Cloud Field Day 5 on April 10-12. During the event we will be attending presentations from several vendors, which will be livestreamed. Before I leave on this grand adventure, I wanted to familiarize myself with each of the presenters and consider how their product/solution integrates with cloud computing. I’m also interested to hear from you about what questions you might have for each vendor, or topics you’d like me to bring up. As a delegate, I am meant to represent the larger IT community, so I want to know what you think! In this post I am going to consider Kemp and what a load balancer company can do in the cloud better than the native tooling.

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Scaling the Kubernetes Cluster in Azure Stack

This is a follow-up to my post about the Kubernetes Cluster running on Azure Stack. In that post, I asked myself how to scale a deployed cluster and how to update the cluster. Since that post went live, I’ve done experimentation on my own, and also learned a few things about the deployment toolset being used for the Kubernetes Cluster Template.

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Azure Stack Kubernetes Cluster is NOT AKS

If you’ve been test driving Azure Stack with a full stamp or just the ASDK, you may have decided to try out the Kubernetes Cluster template that is available in the marketplace syndication. This post is meant to walk through what the K8s template is, what it isn’t, and how it works.

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Deploying a Kubernetes Cluster on Azure Stack fails

I just finished updating my Azure Stack ASDK to the latest 1901 version. Before the upgrade I was messing around with the Kubernetes cluster offering, and I wanted to get that added back to my ASDK now that I’ve performed the update. I rushed through the process, and of course got an error. And that error was not very helpful. Just in case you’re like me, and missed a step in the setup for K8s on Azure Stack, here are the various error messages and the solution.

The TL;DR? Add the Service Principal you created for K8s as a Contributor on the subscription the cluster will be running in.

You’re welcome.

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Some helper scripts for Azure Stack Development Kit

Not too long ago, I got a DL380 Gen10 from HPE to deploy the Azure Stack Development Kit. I had been limping along with a couple Frankstein systems running on Gen8 and Gen9 hardware. They had slow disks, not enough storage, and not enough RAM. This new beast has 384GB of RAM, 20 cores, and SSDs for the OS disk. Basically it’s awesome, and I am a very happy nerd. Since the early days of the ASDK, when it was just a little Technical Preview, there have appeared a growing library of scripts to help with the deployment of the ASDK. Since I am deploying the latest version today (1811), I thought it might be a good idea to share some helper scripts I put together to make the process a bit faster.

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