Azure Azure Stack HCI LAB

Administering Azure Stack HCI using Windows Admin Center (WAC) – Part4

  1. Install Windows Admin Center

Step Detail
1 In this LAB, we will install Windows Admin Center and then configure Windows Admin Center to manage remote host.

Note: In our lab environment, there is no Internet connection. But normally, in production, you can download latest Windows Admin Center from URL below:

Going to to download the tool

To make it simple, we have already downloaded the file and put into server: MYIANLAB01 in C:\Temp\

1.1 In C:\Temp >> double-click Windowsadmincenter2007 to install the latest Windows Admin Center

1.32 At the Windows Admin Center Setup
à Click “I accept the terms in the License Agreementà

1.4 At the Windows Admin Center Setup

1.5 At the Configure Gateway Endpoint
à click Next

1.6 At the Installing Windows Admin Center
à click Next

1.7 At Configure Gateway Endpoint
à click Install

1.8 Under Account Control >> select Yes

1.8 At Windows Admin Center Setup , before click Finish,

Click on the URL to open the connection

1.9 Please use Chrome or MS Edge to open Windows Admin Center with the address https://MYIANLAB-01.wslab.local:443 and sign-in with credential below:

User: wslab\wslab.admin

Password: Wear@mask2020

1.10 At the Welcome to Windows Admin Center

  1. Configure Admin Center to manage Servers and HCI Cluster

Step Detail


In the LAB we will configure Admin Center for first use including add more Server, Cluster
Signing to WAC site using Chrome. At the WAC homepage, click + Add and then choose Add Windows Servers

In production environment, we using Windows Admin Center we can add any manage any Server in the domain, any Windows PCs, Server Clusters and even Azure VMs.

In this lab, we will add Server Cluster which we have created in LAB1-2

1.3 At the right panel enter “S2DCluster” it will list all server in that S2DCluster.WSLAB.LOCAL

Click Add

Now S2DCluster.wslab.local has been added in Windows Admin Center

  1. Managing Servers using Windows Admin Center

Step Detail
1 In this lab, we will use Windows Admin center to manage Servers including System Inventory, Services, Roles and Features, Update, Remote Desktop
1.1 On the WAC main page, click myIanlab-02.wslab.local to connect to this server

1.2 On the left Menu, click Overview, you can see all the system information for the server

1.3 On the left Menu, click Events
à you can see all the event logs for troubleshooting purpose in the future


1.4 On left Menu
à click Local users & groups. We can create and manage new user remotely for server myianlab-02.

Create a user by click New user >>

1.5 On left Menu
à click Remote Desktop >> click Go to Settings

1.6 Under Settings >> click “Allow remote connections to this computer” >> Save

In “Notification details” à check the status

1.7 On left Menu
à click Roles & Features >> Select Data Deduplication

Click Install

Click Yes to continue

Click the bell icon to see the Installation status,

  1. Managing Azure Stack HCI cluster using Windows Admin Center

Step Detail
1 Click S2DCluster.wslab.local >>

After a few seconds, you can access to Windows Admin Center Dashboard

In this Dashboard you can see all Azure stack HCI health status.

Note: sometime you must wait a few mins for the Windows Admin Center to collection inventory of all nodes.

1.1 Under Compute, we can manage Virtual machine and Servers Events and Alerts

1.2 Under Storage >> Drivers, we can see Drivers status of all disks that we have in the Azure Stack HCI.

1.3 We can group all drivers by Server, Type, Status and more by click on

Click Group by >> select Server >> Save

Now all disks are grouped by Server:

1.4 Click Setting to see all current Azure Stack HCI setting

Click In-memory cache to see the current server memory use for cache read

Click Storage Spaces Direct to see current Read/Write setting

Click General >> change Virtual Hard Disks Path and Virtual Machines Path to C:\ClusterStorage\VirtualDisk01

Note: we will use this setting later when create VM

  1. Creating Two-way mirror Volume

Step Detail
1 In this lab, we will use Windows Admin Center to create Two-way mirror Volume and Virtual Machine
1.1 Connect to s2dcluster.wslab.local >>
click Volumes >> Inventory

1.2 Click Create >> Create a Volume02

Check Notification details

1.3 Click Volume02 to see detail


1.4 Inside Volume02, roll down to see all status of this volume

  1. Expand Volume using Windows Admin Center

Step Detail
1 In this lab we will add 50GB to Volume02
1.1 Under Volumes >> Inventory >> select Volume02

1.2 Click Expand

Enter 100GB >> Expand

And check the Volume02 has been expanded to 100GB

  1. Enable Data Deduplication

Step Detail
1.1 Under Volumes >> Click Volume02 >>

1.2 In Volume02 >> under Optional features >> enable “Deduplication and compression

1.2 If “Data Deduplication” roles is not installed on these server, you will need to install it first


1.3 Click MyIANLAB-01 >> click Manage >> you will jump to this server

Follow steps in LAB2-3.1.7 to install Data Deduplication

  Note: after install Data Deduplication role >> go back to S2DCluster.WSLAB.LOCAL >> Volumes and enable Deduplication and compression

1.4 Select Hyper-V >> then click Enable deduplication

1.5 To force Deduplication to run immediately, run these below Powershell:

Check deduplication status:


Force deduplication job:

Start-DedupJob -Volume C:\ClusterStorage\Volume02\ -Type Optimization -Memory 50

1.6 In Windows Admin Center, you can see the Running deduplication and compression

Note: you can test by copy files, Iso, create VM in this Volume. Data Deduplication can save up to 90% of storage.

  1. Create and Manage VM and Azure Stack HCI using WAC

Step Detail
1 In this lab we will create new Virtual machine using Windows Admin Center.
1.1 Under Virtual Machines >> click Inventory >> New

1.2 In New virtual machine console >>

Enter server name: AppServer01

Host: you can choose myianlab-01 or myianlab-01

Path: Choose C:\ClusterStorage\Volume02

Scroll down and enter the below information:

Virtual processors: 2

Memory: 2

Network: MYIAN-WSLAB-Switch

Storage: click Add

1.3 In Storage:

Size: 20GB

Operating system >> Install an operating system from an image file (.iso)

>> Choose C:\TEMP\Windows10-1903-32-64.iso

1.4 You can select the created VM >> Settings

1.5 Inside Settings >> Disks

You can add or modify Disk size from here:

1.6 In Boot order >> change to boot from DVD first

1.7 In Virtual machines console >> select AppServer01 >> Start

1.8 Click on AppServer01 >> click Connect

1.9 Click Send “Ctrl+Alt+Del” and Press Any Key to boot from DVD

Choose Windows 10 (64-bit)

Follow normal OS installation steps to complete this installation

Note: you can use Failover Cluster Management to create VM (which will be a bit faster)

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