Running Azure Stack on Vmware workstation nested

By | January 29, 2016

Well, Since the release of Azure Stack preview earlier today, I’ve been quite the busy bee… The only problem is that I didn’t have the adequate hardware to play around with it… Or so I thought.. I setup a virtual 2016 server on my Vmware Workstation.

Added some SATA based disks since I know this is “recommended hardware” as part of the PoC

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Also remember to set it to Hyper-V (Unsupported)

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After that I had to change some parameters in some of the scripts, since there is a PowerShell script which basically checks if the host has enough memory installed. This I changed within the Invoke-AzureStackDeploymentPreCheck.ps1

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Now when you run the first AzureDeploy script it will mount the PoC install as a readonly VHD, and since the Invoke-AzureStackDeploymentPreCheck.ps1 is stored on the read only VHD you cannot do any changes to it. So you first need to change the DeployAzureStack script to mount the disk as read/write

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You should also change the PoCFabric.xml which is located under AzureStackInstallerPoCFabricInstaller and change the CPU and memory settings or else you won’t be able to complete the setup

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After that, just look at it go!

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