Deployment–PDT update for System Center 2012 R2 now available

PDT has been updated to support the general availability release of System Center 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2012 R2.  PDT 2.5.2507 is available here. Note that Downloader.ps1 is no longer able to download evaluation versions of System Center 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012 R2, or Windows Server 2012.  You should manually copy the installation… Read more

Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure Solution for Enterprise IT Overview Video

If you’re been reading the papers, most of them will tell you that in the next few years, hybrid cloud is going to be the prevalent architecture for enterprise IT. Is that the case now? Probably not. Not many people have a real private cloud, one that supports the five essential characteristics cloud computing. You… Read more

Exchange Server 2013 CU2 Service Templates – Setup and Best Practices

This blog post is part 3 of 3 in a series. This series of posts that detail how to deploy Exchange 2013 CU2 using Service Templates in Virtual Machine Manager.  If you are just landing on this subject I recommend starting with Part 1. This page will focus on what you need to do import… Read more

Exchange Server 2013 CU2 Service Templates – Prerequisites

This blog post is part 2 of 3 in a series. This series of posts details how to deploy Exchange 2013 CU2 using Service Templates in Virtual Machine Manager.  If you are just landing on this subject I recommend starting with Part 1.  This page will focus on what you need to do in advance… Read more

Exchange Server 2013 CU2 Service Templates for Virtual Machine Manager

Welcome to the latest blog post about System Center service templates! When we asked our field what needed to be developed next, a very common ask was for a service template to deploy Exchange.  This blog post is intended to teach you how to use System Center Virtual Machine Manager and a feature named Service… Read more

Exchange Server 2013 CU2 Service Templates for System Center Virtual Machine Manager (Printer Friendly)

Welcome to the latest blog post about System Center service templates! When we asked our field what needed to be developed next, a very common ask was for a service template to deploy Exchange.  This blog post is intended to teach you how to use System Center Virtual Machine Manager and a feature named Service Templates… Read more

Installing & configuring Service Reporting for IaaS usage and metering

This is the last blog post in a series on how to enable usage and metering for IaaS using System Center and Windows Azure Pack. The series includes the following posts:  IaaS Usage and Service Reporting using System Center 2012 R2 and Windows Azure Pack Configuring VMM and OM for IaaS usage and metering. Configuring… Read more

Document your Orchestrator Runbooks with the updated “Visio and Word Generator”!

Following a few customer enquiries, I am happy to post an update to the “Orchestrator Visio and Word Generator” tool. The very first version of the tool was published nearly 3 years ago as a way to export and document Runbooks details in Visio, under the name “Opalis VSD Generator”… Wow, that doesn’t make me… Read more

Automation–Orchestrator Integration Pack for PowerShell Script Execution–Version 1.2!

Hello Readers/Viewers! Remember back in January of this year when I published the Automation–Orchestrator Integration Pack for PowerShell Script Execution post over here on the Building Clouds Blog? It was a re-introduction of the content I originally posted many moons ago on my old Blog D’Joy TechNet Blog (I will not expect you to remember that… Read more

Configuring SPF and Windows Azure Pack for IaaS usage and metering

After configuring VMM and OM for IaaS usage and metering in the previous blog post (here) it’s now time to configuring SPF and Windows Azure Pack to import Usage data from Operations Manager Data Warehouse into Windows Azure Pack (WAP) Usage Database. The series includes the following posts: IaaS Usage and Service Reporting using System… Read more