Microsoft Azure Stack – Hardware / Software Requirements
Good news has come out from Microsoft on the much awaited Azure Stack. The Technical Preview might be anywhere in first quarter of 2016. Below are the Hardware and Software requirements for Azure Stack.
Official Microsoft URL : – http://blogs.technet.com/b/server-cloud/archive/2015/12/21/microsoft-azure-stack-hardware-requirements.aspx
Software Requirements – Though there is no official information from Microsoft on this yet and this section will be updated soon after when something official comes out. For now, it is assumed that below is required –
- Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 4 (or latest version)
- + few more. Will be updated later.
Note that these requirements only apply to the upcoming POC release, they may change for future releases.
|Compute: CPU||Dual-Socket: 12 Physical Cores||Dual-Socket: 16 Physical Cores|
|Compute: Memory||96 GB RAM||128 GB RAM|
|Compute: BIOS||Hyper-V Enabled (with SLAT support)||Hyper-V Enabled (with SLAT support)|
|Network: NIC||Windows Server 2012 R2 Certification required for NIC; no specialized features required||Windows Server 2012 R2 Certification required for NIC; no specialized features required|
|Disk drives: Operating System||1 OS disk with minimum of 200 GB available for system partition (SSD or HDD)||1 OS disk with minimum of 200 GB available for system partition (SSD or HDD)|
|Disk drives: General Azure Stack POC Data||4 disks. Each disk provides a minimum of 140 GB of capacity (SSD or HDD).||4 disks. Each disk provides a minimum of 250 GB of capacity.|
|HW logo certification||Certified for Windows Server 2012 R2|
|Data disk drive configuration: All data drives must be of the same type (SAS or SATA) and capacity. If SAS disk drives are used, the disk drives must be attached via a single path (no MPIO, multi-path support is provided)|
|HBA configuration options:
1. (Preferred) Simple HBA
2. RAID HBA – Adapter must be configured in “pass through” mode
3. RAID HBA – Disks should be configured as Single-Disk, RAID-0
|Supported bus and media type combinations
* RAID controllers without pass-through capability can’t recognize the media type. Such controllers will mark both HDD and SSD as Unspecified. In that case, the SSD will be used as persistent storage instead of caching devices. Therefore, you can deploy the Microsoft Azure Stack POC on those SSDs.
** For tiered storage, you must have at least 3 HDDs.
|Example HBAs: LSI 9207-8i, LSI-9300-8i, or LSI-9265-8i in pass-through mode|