Overview of Servers

Overview of Servers

In addition to creating and managing AVD host pools to create user desktops, Nerdio Manager also allows you to create server VMs that can be used as domain controllers, file servers, application servers, etc. in your Azure environment.

Create a Server

You can create a server at the Account level.

To create a server:

  1. At the Account level, navigate to Servers.

  2. Select Add server.

  3. Enter the following information:

    • Name: Type the server's name.

    • Network: From the drop-down list, select the network to which the server connects.

      Note: The server is created in the Azure region associated with the network.

    • Server OS: From the drop-down list, select the desired operating system.

    • VM Size: From the drop-down list, select the size.

    • OS Disk: From the drop-down list, select the disk.

    • Resource Group: From the drop-down list, select the resource group to contain the network interface cards of the VM.

    • Enable Proximity placement group: Select this option to have the VMs placed in a Proximity group that are located physically close to each other in an Azure data center.

      Note: This ensures the lowest possible network latency amongst the VMs.

    • Join to AD: or Azure AD: Deselecting this means the VM is not joined to AD during the creation process.

    • Assign VM Admin Login role: For Azure AD, from the drop-down list, select one or more users/groups who will be able to connect to this VM and manage it.

      Note: To sign in to the new VM as administrator, an Azure AD user must be assigned the VM Admin Login role.

    • Use Availability zones: Select this option, and from the drop-down list, select the desired zone.

      Note: This implements high availability for this server by guarding against data center failures in the Azure region of the server.

    • Enable Azure Hybrid Benefit (AHB): Select this option to enable Azure hybrid benefit.

      Note: AHB allows you to use your on-premises Software Assurance-enabled Windows Server and SQL Server licenses on Azure. Enable this option if you qualify for AHB.

    • Provide custom credentials for a local administrator user: Toggle this option on to provide custom credentials for local admins.

  4. When you have entered all the desired information, select OK.

    The server creation task starts. You can view the task's progress in the Servers Tasks window.

Manage Servers

Nerdio Manager allows you to perform various server management tasks.

To manage servers:

  1. At the Account level, navigate to Servers.

  2. Locate the server you wish to work with.

  3. For powered off servers , from the action menu, select a task:

    • Start: Start the server.

    • Add disk: Add a disk to the VM. You are presented with options for disk size and whether to create a corresponding volume in Windows. This operation reboots the VM.

    • Resize VM: Change the VM's size/SKU.

    • Delete VM: Delete the VM.

    • Manage IP: Select a VNet and specify an (internal) IP address for the VM.

    • Auto-scale: Enable auto-scale for the VM. See Auto-scale Settings for Servers for details.

    • Run script: Run a script on the VM. See Overview of Scripted Actions for details.

    • Reservations:View and manage the server's reservations. See Reservations Management for details.

  4. For powered on servers , from the action menu, select a task:

    • Generate RDP file: Create an RDP file for the server.

    • Restart: Restart the VM.

    • Stop: Stop the VM.

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