Configmgr Sizing Worksheets

Hierarchy Planning Worksheet v2.2

DB Sizing Worksheet v2.2

Several years ago Kent A. and someone else put out a couple spreadsheets on database sizing and server sizing for Configmgr.  I used them off and on for a few years and over time I have revised them based on the newer SQL server best practices (SQL 2012 R2+).

In the days of SQL 2008 and earlier, the common db practice was to have multiple files for the configmgr database files (MDF & NDF files), while the TempDB was configured to use a single file (MDF file).  And all databse transaction log files (LDF Files) were configured to use single files alongside each database.

TempDB or tempdb database: Is a globally used file available and is used for holding temporary objects such as local and global tables, stored procedures, table variables, row versions, and query results. The tempdb is temporary, it gets recreated at each reboot or SQL service start.  It is literally empty at each start, all data is purged and the db cannot be backed up.  The tempdb.mdf is the data file, templog.ldf is the log file for the tempdb.  The tempdb autogrowth setting can cause serious performance issues if the size of the db is too small and it is constantly growing the db.  A common practice when running a SQL server in an Azure VM is to put the temdb files on the D drive since the drive is non-persistent during reboots.

The best practice for SQL 2012 R2 and beyond is to use a single database file for the Configmgr database and multiple files for the TempDB files (MDF & NDF files).  The transaction log files (LDF files) are still configured for a single file as before.  My buddy Steve Thompson points this out in a recent post where he discusses the proper tempdb creation practices.  Steve is also a former SQL MVP, now a Configmgr MVP so he knows both well.

The topic of using a CAS or multiple primaries for a customer came up on a discussion list today and when I replied I had screen shots of my sql sizing spreadsheet and my site sizing spreadsheet and a few people asked me for copies of them.  They can be downloaded now and as they get updated I will do my best to make the new versions available.

Any questions please let me know.

P.S. SQL should always be local.

Azure Active Directory Sync – Beta 2 Details

Azure AD Sync Beta 2 includes new features, scenarios, troubleshooting tools and improves stability.

New in Beta 2

    • Selective synchronization which enables you to only sync attributes required for the services you want to enable
    • AD password reset with multi-forests
    • Exchange hybrid deployment in multi-forests environments which enables you to have mailboxes in Office 365 as well as in your on-premises exchange

Sign up for the beta here.

Azure AD Sync Optional Features
Azure AD Selective Sync

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More details can be read in Alex Simons post on the TechNet Blog

Fundamentals of Azure Internal Load balancers ILBs

Fundamentals of Azure Internal Load balancers by Bruno Terkaly 

  1. Internal load balancing (ILB) enables you to run highly available services behind a private IP address
  2. Internal load balancers are only accessible only within a cloud service or Virtual Network (VNet)
    • This provides additional security on that endpoint.

Some questions I am hearing

  1. I am able to access internal load balancer using IP address but not via load balancer or service name?
    • See Accessing the ILB below
  2. Is there any option on Azure portal to view load balancer configuration?
    • Internal load balancing cannot be configured through the portal as of today, this will be supported in the future
    • However, it can be configured using powershell cmdlets.
      • ILB can be used in a deployment inside a Regional Virtual Network as well in a new deployment that is outside the Virtual Network
  3. How do I monitor the traffic and which server it is redirecting it to?
  4. How do I setup the probing and rules/alerts for it?
    • See the links below

ILB ENABLES THE FOLLOWING NEW TYPES OF LOAD BALANCING:

  1. Between virtual machines within a cloud service.
  2. Between virtual machines in different cloud services that are themselves contained within a virtual network.
  3. Between on-premises computers and virtual machines in a cross-premises virtual network.

Some diagrams

EXAMPLE OF A MULTI-TIER APPLICATION USING WEB SERVERS AS THE FRONT END AND DATABASE SERVERS AS THE BACK END IN A CLOUD SERVICE.

  1. Multi-Tier Web Appimage001

    Figure 1: Architecture for a Multi-Tier Web App

ILB CAN PERFORM LOAD BALANCING FOR TRAFFIC FROM INTRANET CLIENTS

  1. Traffic from clients on the on-premises network get load-balanced across the set of LOB servers running in a cross-premises virtual network
  2. You don’t need a separate load balancer in the on-premises network or in the virtual networkimage002

    Figure 2: Architecture for an Intranet Network

LOAD BALANCING ON-PREMISES SERVER TRAFFIC

  1. ILB also allows traffic from servers on the on-premises network to be load-balanced across virtual machines running in a cross-premises virtual network.image003

    Figure 3: Architecture for an On-Premises Network

FROM ON PREMISES

  1. When used within a Virtual Network the ILB endpoint is also accessible from on-premises and other inter-connected VNets allowing some powerful hybrid scenarios

ACCESSING THE ILB

FROM INSIDE A CLOUD SERVICE

  1. VMs inside a cloud service have private IP address spaces
  2. You can talk to the ILB using this private IP address

FROM WITHIN A VIRTUAL NETWORK

  1. A customer can specify a static VNet IP address
  2. A customer can retrieve the load balanced IP is acquired from a virtual subnet
  3. This allows you to be connected VNets through the secure IP Sec tunnel

Some useful links

Regional Virtual Networkshttp://azure.microsoft.com/blog/2014/05/14/regional-virtual-networks/#
Internal Load Balancinghttp://azure.microsoft.com/blog/2014/05/20/internal-load-balancing/#
Configure an internal load-balanced sethttp://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/azure/dn690125.aspx#
Azure Load Balancerhttp://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/azure/dn655058.aspx#
Configure a load-balanced sethttp://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/azure/dn655055.aspx#

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