Automating Service Template deployments in SCVMM 2012

One of the great new capabilities in System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2012 is the feature of Service Templates. A service template allows us to design, deploy and manage a group of virtual machines as a cohesive service. In case you’re not familiar with Service Templates yet, see these posts for more information:  Overview…


Fabric management in SCVMM 2012

Recently I’ve had the experience of working with an F5 Networks Big IP 6800 load balancer, and been able to connect this with System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2012.  The overall scenario here is automating datacenter and application management for a global enterprise.  In this article I’ll share some of the steps needed to…


FIM 2010 SCOM Management Pack released

This is something I wrote about in a previous posting, and I had received a few email queries about “When can we get the FIM management pack?”.  Our patience has been rewarded, as the SCOM Management Pack for Forefront Identity Manager has now been released. You can find it here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=a90c3145-19fe-46fb-baec-c333629f2630&displaylang=en Although the health model is…


Private cloud foundations: Service Catalog management

Introduction to Service Catalog These days we’re hearing so much about Cloud and (while there’s plenty of noise going on ) a lot of the discussion is about a very significant shift in how IT services are delivered.  So I’d like to start a series of posts I’ll call “Private Cloud Foundations” to talk about…