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Deploying and managing Red Hat solutions on Azure


Welcome to Microsoft Mechanics. Coming up on the show If you have Red Hat solutions in your IT environment We will explore how you can use the hyper scale of Azure to run and manage those solutions. Including, pre-built Red Hat
Enterprise Linux images in the Azure market place. Integrated support to help you troubleshoot issues and get access to Red Hat resources. And, how you can take your on-premises apps and run them on top of the Red
Hat OpenShift infrastructure running on Azure. Microsoft Mechanics I’m joined again by Corey Sanders who leads the team for Azure Compute. It’s great to be back, Rick. Now, last time you were on the show we covered how you can get
instantaneous infrastructure resources for your app workloads in the cloud and on premises using Azure resource management templates. But, we covered Microsoft resources. How has your team been thinking about how to support popular Linux and open source solutions such as Red Hat? We’ve had really exciting usage of Linux for quite some time actually, Rick. We’ve had deployments from great customers whether they be Schiphol Airport First American Trust. We’ve seen great application deployment like DataStax and Cloudera. It’s really been fantastic to see the growth and the energy around deploying Linux and Azure. In fact, one out of four VM’s today are deploying Linux in Azure. Very exciting. And with this big growth it’s been really wonderful to bring in Red Hat to the fold and do a joint partnership with them to be able to offer Red Hat solutions directly in Azure. So, why do you actually gives a
shot and shows us what it’s like. Absolutely, Rick. So, I’m gonna start off here in a slightly different place than you
would expect these demos starting. A little bit uncomfortable. So, I’m going to start in the CLI which is the Command Line Interface. And, this is really the best way to deploy
Linux based solutions in Azure. And of course I’m deploying
this on a Mac as you can see. So, all of these experiences enable me to take track of all of the deployments I’ve got all of the resources I’ve got deployed. All from this command line that I’ve installed here. The first thing I do,
I’m going to actually login. Kind of a great place to start. And so, one of the important things about logging in is that for a lot of corporations they want to make sure
they have all of the access control they normally would have. So, the way that we enable that is by
creating this login experience Where I, go into the website Device Login So, I’m going to go over here and hit Device Login and I pass in this code that was supplied to me by the CLI. It tells me The Microsoft Azure CLI. This is who sent you this code. I can login here. And now I can login using all of the
Azure Active Directory controls I normally would use. So, multi-factor off or whatever it may be. So, I’m going to click in and login to this account. And, it tells me I’m ready to roll. So go ahead and close that and I’ll go back over the CLI. So here I am. And I’ve got all my subscriptions ready to go and ready to play with. The first thing I actually want to do is deploy a VM. I’m looking to deploy a Red Hat VM. So I need to understand what options I have. The very first command that I’m going to use is vm image list westus. And that is what I want to deploy. It’s nearby. So, from here the Publisher, well of course redhat So, this is going to tell me all the options I have. I’ve got redhat image that’s available in version 6.7 and I’ve got a redhat image version 7.2. Now I’m ready to actually start the VM. So to start, there’s a very simple command, Rick. I can go in and do a very easy azure vm quick-create and this is going to prompt me for all the options to go create the virtual
machine that I want. Now, the most important part of this is I am going to use an SSH key because you could look over my shoulder and steal my password get into my virtual machine and that’s just not acceptable. So I’m going to use an SSH key to lock you out of the system specifically. Oh, nice. To do that, I actually need to type in the SSH publickey-file. And from there I’m going to type in
the location of that file. and so this is just sitting I’ve already created it. and it’s just sitting here in my account. and so it is, red_hat_sshkey.pub And so, with this it will prompt me me for all the parameters that I want to
set for this virtual machine. So, first the resource group RedHatRGDemo11 and then a virtual machine name. So, let’s do RedHatVM11 Location like I said, westus It’s nearby. I am going to use Linux for this deployment. Now, here I get to pick the image name. And so, I’m going to pick Red Hat Enterprise Linux. And so that is the publisher name is redhat. The offer is RHEL as you can see from this section up above. The SKU is 7.2 like I said I’m going to pick
the latest and greatest that’s the type of person I am. And for version I can
actually type in latest and so this is going to pick the latest
regardless of what time I deploy. The beautiful part about this We are constantly updating these images with the latest version patch version and so on working with Red Hat to deliver on that. And so, what this now I know I’m getting latest version. Now username type in Corey. And so, password. You were going to use an SSH key,
why does it prompt you for a password? So, you leave this blank and it will fall back to the
SSH key that I’ve already delivered Go ahead and leave those blank. And, with that away I can go, and spin up my virtual machine and it’s off to the races. It will create the storage account create the network and, away we go. But, we’re not going to wait for that. I do think you have time, you’re a very busy guy. So, we’re actually going to go to the VM
that’s already created in my account. So this is RedHatVM. So, I’m going into the portal experience. You can see I’ve got this running here on the portal experience. RedHatVM So, I click in here and it’s running. You can see I have the CPU monitoring down here. It’s running in West US, as I said. and it’s got D1. this was all created with that simple command. So once I’ve got this running maybe something goes wrong. Right, and so I need to go investigate. I need to go see what could be the problem. So, first I’m going to start with Boot diagnostic and this will allow me to go in and look at the actual serial output of the virtual machine. So, I scroll down here, you can
investigate, you can take a look. What is this Linux machine telling me? What could be wrong? So, I can click through this but, let’s say maybe I don’t find the problem maybe I’m not as sharp as you are. And so, I have to pull back out and the beauty of this is because it’s the Red Hat image, it was deployed through that simple CLI command. But, because of its Red Hat image and a
partnership that we’ve got with Red Hat I can directly go into the Red Hat
customer portal experience with a single sign-on connection and be able to access all of the Red Hat capabilities associated with this VM. They are absolutely linked as far as the support engines
knowing the VM’s are in their? Exactly. This is a single sign-on they now know this VM is running in Azure. It’s now connected to the
Red Hat portal experience. And so, I can go in I can actually experiment with the
aspects of the virtual machine Or, in this case go ahead and open a support case. So, I can go through this experience sitting right here in the Red Hat portal it’s connected back to the VM that’s running in the Azure account. The beautiful part about this the support engineers who this will go call are actually sitting, fully co-located next to our support engineers. So, when issues come in they can basically pass things with a nudge versus, with a phone call. And so, a lot of bruised ribs obviously, in those types of communication but it does speed things up for customers which of course is much more important than bruised ribs. Okay. So, if this was a Windows Box I would just be able to open up an RDP window and connect that to my machine. What do you do on a Linux Box? When you’re connecting to a Linux Box the best way to do it is through an SSH command. And so, if I’m right here
sitting with my Mac the beautiful part of the Mac is I’ve got
the SSH command directly built in So, from here I can do SSH and log straight into my virtual machine. Now, an important point here I connect using an SSH key. Right, so this isn’t a username and password. So, what I’ve done here is I’ve actually set up the config file to be able to auto connect with the right key very very quickly. So, I’ve got the host in here RedHatVM, that I just showed you in the portal. I’ve got the IP address for me to connect and the username and of course it points to the key in my directory. And so, from here I can go straight in and I can SSH, right into that box and so just typing in RedHatVM. And, you see I’m already in. Right, and so in here of course is the Red Hat Box I can install anything I want So, sudo yum Install mysql And, away I go. It finds the latest one,
and installs it on the box just like that. We’ve been working one off machines
right now at this point in time. What are you able to do with templates? Because you said it works on the Linux side as well. Yeah, absolutely. The templates that we showed last time are very exciting. You can install these full
applications, the same exact story is possible here on the Linux side. So, if I pull back out into the Azure portal and then pull back to the landing page. I can go in the same way that I’ve done the last time. Go straight to the template section. Okay. So, here I’ve got a large variety of
templates and capabilities available to me. I’m going to go ahead and search for Red Hat. I search Red Hat, and I’ve got one here ready to roll. Built by a good friend of mine, Boris. So, I clicked in. This is going to tell me all the parameters that
I pass in, and what this thing does. I can then go straight into GitHub and take a look at the actual details. So, clicking into GitHub I can actually take a look at this template. I can even click visualize and take a view of what’s being deployed. Virtual Machine, Storage Account, NIC. It allows me to get this really clean idea of what this app looks like. And so, if I wanted to edit this I can click on to JSON here it is in GitHub Yes. So I can play with it But, GitHub is nice but it’s not really a flashy experience. And so, the other option that I can do is I can use Visual Studio code running on a Mac to be able to visualize this JSON template. Cross-platform works on Windows, works on Mac Works on Linux. Good stuff. Nice formatting too. Fantastic, thank you. I did this myself here. So, what you’ve got with the deployment here in Visual Studio code that same template that I just showed you. its all color-coded, it’s very easy to see you can click down and make it
easier to separate the parts. So, now that I’ve been able to
work in Visual Studio code and experiment all the different pieces
and components that I’ve got Now, maybe I want to actually deploy. If I go back to GitHub and actually take a look at the options here. Right here in the GitHub parameters I can see the Azure CLI commands to be able to launch this. So, just a couple of very simple commands. I can copy and paste them I can go back to the CLI that I was working in before paste them in and away I go. It creates the group for me. It will create the VM for me using that template sitting in GitHub it pulls it down, all of it ready to go. So, what are some other
things we’re doing with Red hat? In addition to all the infrastructure product that I just walked through. We’ve also offered a capability deploy OpenShift Red Hat’s platform as a service offering directly on top of Azure’s infrastructure. Oh, okay. Are you queued up to show us that? No, absolutely not. No, I’m just kidding. Let me show you. What we’ve got here is
we’ve actually deployed OpenShift Enterprise directly on top of Azure infrastructure. And so you can take advantage of this very scalable very agile platform as a service offering but, sitting on top of the agile Azure infrastructure. So, right here I’ve got an application deployed. It’s a mysql application with a website very simple stuff. And so, you can see here I can click on this and here’s the website. Hello Microsoft Mechanics! that’s for you, Rick. And so, you can see the website the containers that are deployed the ID’s of those containers. So, this is the website that I built. If I go back to that web console,
I can actually take a look at the visualization of this application. So here I’ve got the breakdown. I’ve got the different components that make up this application. I can very easily see and picture how this app works the pieces that go together and, I can even sort of make him dance. So, if I go back to the actual deployment what’s great about the platform as a service offering it makes it really simple to change with my customers. And so, right here I’ve got
three pods deployed I can quickly go up and start scaling this, right? Let me scale it up to 14 pods. And, just really really quickly I’ll now be able to have this application scale-out be able to take more load on the website front end without necessarily doing much work. So again, the power of OpenShift directly on Azure infrastructure. So, we’ve seen up-to-date Red Hat Enterprise Linux images inside a marketplace. We’ve seen co-located support of engineers. The ability to link your support tickets from the Azure portal over to the
Red Hat portal as well for support. And, you gave us a quick preview of Red Hat OpenShift. That’s all we have time for today. You can keep checking back to Microsoft Mechanics more updates. Thanks for watching. Microsoft Mechanics www.microsoft.com/mechanics

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