Microsoft Cloud Show: Episode 124 | Geek Out – Behind the Scenes at Kennedy Space Center and Rocket Launches with NASA Social

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In this 124th episode, AC and CJ share their experiences with NASA Social for their experiences  for the last two rocket launches at NASA’s at Kennedy Space Center.

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Microsoft Cloud Show: Episode 123 | Microsoft Build 2016 Conference Recap

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This 123rd episode, AC and CJ recap the Microsoft Build 2016 Conference covering additional news since our keynote recap episodes and our overall takeways and impressions of the conference.

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Microsoft Cloud Show: Episode 122 | Microsoft Build 2016 Day 2 Keynote Recap

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This 122nd episode, AC and CJ recap the second keynote from the Microsoft Build conference in San Francisco, CA this week. Today’s keynote focused on Microsoft Azure, Xamarin & Office.

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Microsoft Cloud Show: Episode 121 | Microsoft Build 2016 Day 1 Keynote Recap

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This 121st episode, AC and CJ recap the first keynote from the Microsoft Build conference in San Francisco, CA this week. Today’s keynote focused on personal computing such as Skype, Windows, HoloLens and a new Microsoft Bot Framework.

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Microsoft Cloud Show: Episode 120 | Microsoft invests in Mesosphere, Docker for Mac, Windows and Azure, Google Cloud, Office 365 Connectors and Microsoft’s Build Conference

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This 120th episode, AC and CJ talk about the recent Microsoft investment with Mesosphere, improvements to the Docker developer experience no Mac, Windows and Azure, Office 365 Connectors and the Google Cloud Platform’s Stackdriver as well as look forward to Microsoft’s Build conference.

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Microsoft Cloud Show: Episode 119 | Google Cloud Big Wins, AWS Big Losses, SharePoint 2016 RTM and New Azure Options for DoD and in Germany

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In this 119th episode, AC and CJ discuss the latest news where AWS lost some big customers in Dropbox and iCloud moving to the Google Cloud Platform as well as the SharePoint 2016 RTM announcement plus new Azure data centers for the US Department of Defense and secure options in Germany.

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Microsoft Cloud Show: Episode 118 | SQL Server on Linux, Stretched Databases, Mulling an Slack bid and more Cloud News

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In this 118th episode, AC and CJ talk about the latest news with Microsoft’s SQL Server, Microsoft considering a $8 billion bid for Slack and other cloud News.

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First look at Azure Container Service

In Episode 115 of the Microsoft Cloud Show we interviewed Ross Gardler from Microsoft about their new Azure Container Service which is currently in preview. I finally got some time a few weeks ago to play with ACS and thought I would share my first experiences here.  This is my 0 to first container experience.

Currently ACS allows you to provision 2 types of container service. Either a Mesos based deployment or a Swarm one. I hadn’t played with Meso much so opted to try that out.

Getting started

Note: I followed the getting started guide for deploying a new container service on the Azure website.

To get started its as simple as clicking a “Deploy to Azure” button on the pre-canned Azure template.   This will take you to your Azure management console where you can configure the various parameters for this template as shown below.

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You need to name your cluster, pick the VM size for the nodes you want to run and set authentication details.  The toughest part of this for most people will be generating the SSH keys as this is pretty foreign to many Windows folks.  But they provide a fairly simple walkthrough for you to create a key pair.

When complete you hit OK and go get a coffee while your cluster is deployed 🙂  It can take a while as it spins up a few machines and configures everything.

deploy

Note: I got an error “\”The subscription is not registered to use namespace ‘Microsoft.Compute’.” during deployment the first time.  I was deploying into a new MSDN Azure Subscription with free credit on it.  Turns out I needed to manually create a VM in this subscription first (any VM will do) before deployment of a template would work.  Once I had done this the template deployed fine.

I deployed a pretty simple cluster with 2 agent nodes and a mesos master node.  In Azure you can see all the resources the template created in a new resource group such as the VMs, networks and security groups etc…

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Now I had a cluster up and running I could log into Mesos.  To find the URL click “Succeeded” on the resource groups deployment status and click “Microsoft.Template”.  You should see a couple of fully qualified domain names.

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To actually hit Meso you need to create an SSH tunnel from your box into the cluster.  There is a decent write up on how to do this here.

Once you have your SSH tunnel running you can hit the Mesos web interface on http://localhost/mesos/  (this is redirected over the SSH tunnel to your meso box running in Azure).

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Now you are ready to start running things!  Hit http://localhost/marathon/ to open the Marathon web UI which makes it pretty simple to run jobs on your cluster.

Click create and give it a name, 256MB and 1 instance.  Open the Docker container settings and specify “yeasy\simple-web” as the image name.  Then in the Optional Settings area set Port = 80.  This will map port 80 in the docker container to port 80 on the host. Create the app and let it spin up.  You should see it in the UI similar to this:

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Grab your load balancers fully qualified domain name from the Azure portal.  It’s the AGENTFQDN url in the deployment details you found earlier.

You should be able to hit that URL and see your simple website running!

Summary

This is obviously only the most basic thing you can do with a Meso based cluster running in Azure, but was my attempt and seeing how Azure are approaching the setup.  All in all it was surprisingly painless.

The goal of ACS right now so it make it simple to run a docker cluster in Azure using either Mesos or Swarm.  It doesn’t take away the need to manage that cluster in Azure once its deployed, so you will need people who know how to run a Mesos cluster and feed and water it appropriately.  Deployment is step one, but running it is a different beast all together from what I understand.  I am no expert in this area and so you will want to tread carefully and make sure you have the appropriate skills on staff to do this.

I for one would LOVE to see Azure also add as Container as a Service (CaaS) offering where you just specify how much compute you want, how much memory etc… and then have Azure spin up and manage a Docker cluster for you with the infrastructure being invisible.  This way you don’t need to be a Mesos master and you can let the pros run it for you.

I think CaaS is the final destination for Docker … just prior to everyone starting to espouse the virtues of true Platform as a Service (PaaS) and ditching this whole concept of apps running in containers and being aware of the OS at all.

When true CaaS comes to fruition, like it think it will in time, maybe Ray Ozzie (inventor of Azure, codename Red Dog) can all say “told ya so” about his vision of Platform as a Service being the ultimate destination for cloud computing (but being about 10 years too early).

Microsoft Cloud Show: Episode 117 | Interview with Borja Burgos of Docker Cloud

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In this 117th episode, AC and CJ interview Borja Burgos to talk about Docker’s new product, Docker Cloud (aka: Tutum).

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Microsoft Cloud Show: Episode 116 | Latest Cloud News plus Making the Case – Docker For Developers

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In this 116th episode, AC and CJ make the case for why all developers regardless if you are using .NET, Node.js, Windows or Linux should care about the Docker. In addition AC and CJ cover the latest cloud news from Microsoft with Office 365, Amazon Web Services and Google.

Be sure to download the latest episode here: Episode 116 | Latest Cloud News plus Making the Case – Docker For Developers.

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