Deployment–PDT 2.6 is now available on the TechNet Gallery

PowerShell Deployment Toolkit version 2.6 has now been posted to the TechNet Gallery here. Version 2.6 resolves a number of bugs, and also adds the following capabilities: High availability for roles that require network load balancing Shared VHDX creation VM creation updates:        Generation 2 VMs        VLAN Tagging        MAC Spoofing        Autostop Settings… Read more

Custom Resource Providers in Windows Azure Pack – Deploying the Hello World Sample

Hello readers, Victor Arzate here. I'm a Program Manager in the Windows Server and System Center CAT team and in this post I will walk you through the different steps required to deploy the Hello World custom Resource Provider sample that is included in the Windows Azure Pack Developers Kit. The purpose of this blog… Read more

MAT4MOVE – MAT for Vision Double-Take MOVE Announced!

Hello migration friends!  I just wanted to publish a quick congratulations to Vision Double-Take for publishing the blog post below that includes an implementation of MAT for MOVE.  Thanks to the engineers at Vision working on Double-Take, MOVE was already manageable using PowerShell.  Adopting the MAT scripts further extends the community concept so anyone who… Read more

Automation–System Center Orchestrator Service Configuration Dependencies for SQL and the Runbook Server Service

Hey Readers!  I have somewhat of an academic post for you all today to help document a topic that has come up from time to time around System Center 2012 Orchestrator and service dependencies.  Explained in detail below but the gist to this scenario is basically that servers are rebooting faster due to improvements in… Read more

Deployment–Why does PDT think my Variable.xml is invalid?

One question that I hear often on PDT is this – why does PDT think my Variable.xml is invalid? When you run any of the PDT scripts – Downloader.ps1, VMCreator.ps1, or Installer.ps1 – the script reads both Workflow.xml and Variable.xml.  If either one of them is invalid, it just spits out a red error message… Read more

Creating users in Windows Azure Pack

Introduction In this blog post, I will give you an overview on how to create users in WAP and have them sign in. As you might already know, the Authentication and Authorization processes are separated into their own entities making the stack flexible enough to plug in your own custom Authentication system (eg. AD FS)…. Read more

Automation–Monitoring and Notifying in Windows Azure Pack with SMA

Hey Readers! This post will introduce you to a couple of useful SMA Runbooks to add to your “SMA Utility Belt”. First things first – go here to read about SMA if you are unfamiliar with the solution: https://aka.ms/IntroToSMA. Use Case This post discusses how to leverage three Runbooks to improve the Tenant experience as… Read more

Setting up Windows Azure Active Directory ACS to provide identities to Windows Azure Pack

Authentication in Windows Azure Pack follows Claims-based principles and works with a customized ASP.Net Membership provider based Tenant Authentication Site for Tenants and a Windows Authentication Site for Administrators out of the box. You can also integrate the stack with Active Directory using Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS). This has been discussed in detail in… Read more

Windows Azure Pack VMRole Gallery Items for Database Workloads : SQL Server 2012 and Oracle Database 12c

  A couple weeks ago, my colleague Michael Greene posted a terrific set of VMRole Gallery Items for Collaboration Workloads, including Lync Server 2013, Exchange Server 2013 and SharePoint Server Server 2013. Today, I’m happy to post two VMRole Gallery Items for Database Workloads : SQL Server 2012 (Advanced) and Oracle Database 12c. This post… Read more

Deployment–PDT 2.5.2509, resolves Configuration Manager media validation

Just posted a tiny update to the published version of PDT to resolve the media validation issue with System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager Prerequisites.  There are no other changes in this release – a much larger update with lots of interesting new functionality is coming soon!… Read more