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Are you virtualizing your servers? Yes, of course!
Are you spending less time managing your servers as a result? Hmm … No!
Server Virtualization is Great, But …
Server virtualization has been a great set of technologies to reduce our capital expenses and some operating expenses by consolidating a larger number of virtualized server workloads in a smaller footprint of physical rack space. As a result, we’ve been able to purchase less data center hardware and likely have lower power and cooling costs in running our data center.
However, most IT Pros are not seeing a reduction in the amount of time they spend with day-to-day management of server operating systems and applications. Let face it … whether you have 100 physical servers or 100 virtual servers, you still have 100 server operating system instances to administer, configure, monitor, patch and update. In fact, because of reduced capital costs when using server virtualization, many IT Pros report that they are now faced with managing a much larger ( and growing ) number of operating system instances and applications – these days, it seems like everyone in the company wants their own VMs! As a result, IT Pros are forced to spend most of their day managing VMs and applications, and often don’t have enough time to spend on improving their IT environments.
Hybrid Cloud … To The Rescue!
Well, Hybrid Cloud is the answer! Hybrid Cloud is not a product, but rather an approach for designing, implementing and managing your data center resources and application workloads by reducing complexity, increasing standardization and automation, and provide elasticity – the ability to easily scale your data center up, down, in or out – to support evolving business and technical requirements.
Hybrid Cloud applies the same principles used for scaling and managing the world’s largest public clouds to your private data center environment, augmented by public cloud infrastructure where is makes good sense for your particular application workloads. Now, you can have your very own cloud!
Build Your Cloud – The Series
My fellow Technical Evangelists and I have authored a content series that steps through building your very own Cloud by leveraging Windows Server 2012 R2, our FREE Hyper-V Server 2012 R2, Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Services ( IaaS ) and System Center 2012 R2.
Week-by-week, we walk through the steps to envision, plan and implement your very own Cloud to take your existing data center to the next level and give you the tools and time back in your day for improving IT services and being able to change and shift with your business / IT needs.
Below is the weekly breakdown of each topic that we've written in this series to help you build your own Cloud ...
WEEK 0 - Get ready to follow along!
Get prepared to follow along with our content series by downloading Windows Server 2012 R2, the FREE Hyper-V Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2, and Windows Azure. Once you have these components, you’ll be ready to follow along with us as we build your Private Cloud together!
- DOWNLOAD the Bits You'll Need to Follow Along!
- MODULE 0: What's New in Hybrid Cloud with the new R2 Releases
- What's New in Hyper-V with Windows Server 2012 R2
- FREE EBOOK: Technical Overview of Windows Server 2012 R2
- DOCS: Technical Documentation for Windows Server 2012 R2
- What's New in Private Cloud with System Center 2012 R2 VMM
- FREE EBOOK: Introducing Microsoft System Center 2012 R2
- DOCS: Technical Documentation for System Center 2012 R2 VMM
- Enabling On-demand Infrastructure with the Windows Azure Pack
- DOCS: Technical Documentation for Windows Azure Pack
- READ: Windows Azure Pack Blog Series by Building Clouds blog
WEEK 1 – Build Your Private Cloud Foundation with Windows Server 2012 R2
- MODULE 1: What is a Private Cloud? ( Video )
- Why Private Cloud? by Yung Chou
- Cloud Primer:Resource Pooling, Virtualization, Fabric and Cloud by Yung Chou
- Real-world Private Cloud Experiences from the Field ( Part 1 )
- Real-world Private Cloud Experiences from the Field ( Part 2 )
- DO IT: Download System Center 2012 R2
- DO IT: Microsoft Datacenter TCO Calculator
- DO IT: Download the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit
- MODULE 2: Build a Private Cloud Foundation ( Video )
- Build a Private Cloud Foundation – Storage by Matt Hester
- Build a Private Cloud Foundation – Networking by Keith Mayer
- Build a Private Cloud Foundation – Compute / Virtualization by Keith Mayer
- WATCH: Virtualization IT Camp Online
- DO IT: Download Windows Server 2012 R2 and FREE Hyper-V Server 2012 R2
- REVIEW: Infrastructure-as-a-Service Fabric Architecture Guide
- DO IT: Lab Guide: Build Your Private Cloud Foundation
WEEK 2 – Building Your Private Cloud Fabric with System Center 2012 R2
- MODULE 3: Deploy & Upgrade System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager ( Video )
- Understanding Virtual Machine Manager ( VMM 2012 R2 ) Fabric and Service Templates by Yung Chou
- Step-by-Step: Deploy System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager by Tommy Patterson
- Step-by-Step: How to Install a Highly Available SCVMM Management Server by Thomas Maurer, MVP
- DO IT: Lab Guide: Deploying System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager
- DO IT: Lab Guide: Configuring the VMM Library in System Center 2012 R2 VMM
- REVIEW: Infrastructure-as-a-Service Fabric Management Architecture Guide
- MODULE 4: Build Private Cloud Storage Fabric ( Video )
- MODULE 5: Build Private Cloud Data Center & VM Network Fabric ( Video )
WEEK 3 – Configuring and Optimizing Your Private Cloud with System Center 2012 R2
- MODULE 6: Configure Private Cloud VM Compute Fabric ( Video )
- Zero-to-Cloud: From Bare Metal to Private Cloud Fabric by Matt Hester
- DO IT: Lab Guide: Configure Host Groups in System Center 2012 R2 VMM
- DO IT: Lab Guide: Adding and Managing Hyper-V Hosts and Clusters in System Center 2012 SP1 VMM
- DO IT: Lab Guide: Managing VMware ESX and Citrix XenServer in System Center 2012 SP1 VMM
- MODULE 7: Dynamic Optimization of Your Private Cloud Fabric ( Video )
- MODULE 8: Creating & Delegating Private Clouds with System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager ( Video )
WEEK 4 – Deploying and Servicing Applications in Your Private Cloud with System Center 2012 SP1
- MODULE 9: Deploying and Managing Private Cloud Applications ( Video )
- Define VM Hardware Profiles by Kevin Remde
- Define VM Guest OS Profiles by Kevin Remde
- Define Application Profiles by Kevin Remde
- Define and Deploy VM Templates by Tommy Patterson
- DO IT: Lab Guide: Configuring Profiles and Templates in System Center 2012 R2 VMM
- DO IT: Hands-on: Define and Deploy Application Service Templates by Blain Barton
- DO IT: Lab Guide: Creating and Deploying Services in System Center 2012 R2 VMM
CONGRATULATIONS! But ... Let's Keep Going ...
You've built your Private Cloud, but you've still got to manage, protect and grow it as your business evolves. Over the next few weeks, you'll learn to extend your base Private Cloud fabric and prepare for MCSE Private Cloud certification ...
WEEK 5 – Extending and Protecting Your Private Cloud
- MODULE 10: Updating Private Cloud Fabric and Services / Scaling Private Cloud Application Workloads ( Video )
- MODULE 11: Protecting Private Clouds with System Center 2012 R2 Data Protection Manager ( Video )
- Protect Your Private Cloud Workloads with System Center 2012 R2 Data Protection Manager by Matt Hester
- DO IT:Deploying System Center 2012 R2 Data Protection Manager
- DO IT:Managing Windows Azure Online Backup for System Center 2012 R2 DPM
- DO IT:Managing Hyper-V Data Protection with System Center 2012 R2 DPM
- MODULE 12: Building a Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure with Windows Azure Infrastructure Services ( Video )
- Intro to Hybrid Cloud for Private Cloud IT Pros by Tom Shinder and Michael Lubanski
- WATCH: Windows Azure IT Camp Online
- DESIGN IT: Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure Design Considerations by the Building Clouds team
- DO IT: Activate Your FREE Windows Azure Subscription
- CALCULATE COSTS: Windows Azure Pricing Calculator
- REVIEW: Windows Azure and Compliance
- DO IT: Migrate Cloud VMs to Windows Azure from Amazon AWS
- DO IT: Migrate VMware VMs to Windows Azure
- DO IT: Extend Your Private Cloud Network Fabric with Windows Azure Virtual Networks ( Guided Hands-on Lab )
- DO IT: Lab Guide: Configure a Site-to-Site VPN with Windows Azure Virtual Networks
- DO IT: Lab Guide: Configure a Point-to-Site VPN with Windows Azure Virtual Networks
- DO IT: 20+ Additional Key Cloud Scenarios with Windows Azure Infrastructure Services
WEEK 6 - Managing Hybrid Clouds, Disaster Recovery and Business Continuance
- MODULE 13: Managing Your Hybrid Cloud Network Fabric with System Center 2012 R2 App Controller ( Video )
- Manage Your Hybrid / Private Cloud Infrastructure with System Center 2012 R2 App Controller by Yung Chou
- FREE EBOOK:Hybrid Cloud Management with System Center 2012 R2 App Controller
- DO IT: Lab Guide: Deploying System Center 2012 R2 App Controller
- DO IT: Lab Guide: Deploying Virtual Machines and Services with System Center 2012 R2 App Controller
- DO IT: Lab Guide: Managing Virtual Machines and Services with System Center 2012 R2 App Controller
- MODULE 15: Private Cloud Disaster Recovery and Business Continuance
- Hyper-V Replica Explained by Yung Chou
- Step-by-Step: Configuring Hyper-V Replica in Windows Server 2012 R2 by Kevin Remde
- Automating Disaster Recovery with Hyper-V Replica and PowerShell
- Step-by-Step: Planning RPO and WAN Bandwidth for Hyper-V Replica by Tommy Patterson
- DO IT: Planning Capacity for Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V Replica ( Guided Hands-On Lab )
- Cloud-Integrated Disaster Recovery by Brad Anderson
- DO IT: Protect Private Clouds with Orchestrated Site-to-Site Failover via Windows Azure Hyper-V Recovery Manager ( Guided Hands-On Lab )
WEEK 7+: Study and Get Certified on Private Cloud
Prepare for the MCSE: Private Cloud certification exams with these popular FREE exam study guides:
- OVERVIEW: Getting Started with your MCSE Private Cloud Certification
- DOWNLOAD: Study Guide for Exam 70-246, Monitoring and Operating a Private Cloud
- DOWNLOAD: Study Guide for Exam 70-247, Configuring and Deploying a Private Cloud
How are you building your Cloud?
Do you have tips, questions or comments on building your own Cloud? Feel free to share below in the comments section!
See you in the clouds!