How to deploy Azure Stack HCI – Part 2 

In our first blog How to deploy Azure Stack HCI part 1 (Manual) | 2 Azure we learned how to deploy a (single) Azure Stack HCI node and a Cluster. In this manual we will continue the journey and we will setup networking, download images and deploy virtual machines.

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STEP 1: Deploy network

Before we can continue we will need to connect the other network interfaces that you want to use (minimum of 2) and assign the networks a tagged network vlan. When ready go to the Azure Portal and continue to your Azure Stack HCI Cluster, logical networks and click on Create logical network

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From the new blade fill in the required names. Underwater the system will create a Virtual Switch in Hyper-V.

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Now assign a network. Use a different range than the management network. Fill in the VLAN ID you assigned TAGGED on your network interfaces.

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Create the network.

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Wait untill ready. This can take up to 15 minutes.

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Now return to your cluster. As you can see in the validation, we are missing a few requirements before we can deploy Azure VM’s when you click on Prerequisites not met. From the right sids click on Download images from Azure Marketplace.

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From the new page we are going to download a VM image to deploy to the HCI node. Fill in the required fields and select the image that you need. For this manual we used the 2022 datacenter hotpatch edition.

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Run through all steps and deploy the image download.

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Depending on your internet connection the download can take a while.

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When you return to your cluster Dashboard the prerequisites checkbox should be green now.

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From your cluster go to Virtual Machines and click on Create VM

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Fill in all the fields and make sure to enable guest management.

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If you want you can add an extra disk on the next blade.

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Make sure to select the just created network.

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Review all settings and now deploy your virtual machine!

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Now wait patiently for the deployment to complete.

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When ready you should be able to manage your VM from the Azure Portal:

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