Microsoft Azure Stack Advanced Scenarios for TP1: Beyond the Basics

In the last post we deployed JSON templates and also VM Extensions to Windows and Linux VMs running on Microsoft Azure Stack Technical Preview 1. Next let’s look at the installation and configuration of additional PaaS Resource Providers in Microsoft Azure Stack TP1. Resource providers are suppliers of an Azure /Azure Stack service via ARM… Read more

Application Management – Clustering SQL Guest Instances in R2 – Part 2

In a previous post, I described how one might use Service Templates to leverage new features in System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 R2 to build a guest cluster with a Failover Cluster Instance installation of SQL Server. In this post, I’ll be providing a downloadable sample that you can tailor to your environment and… Read more

Deployment-Using SQL named instance static ports with PDT

By default, a SQL named instance uses a dynamic port.  However, some System Center components cannot use a SQL named instance on a dynamic port.  Configuration Manager does not support a SQL dynamic port.  Service Provider Foundation and Service Management Automation both require you to specify the SQL port during installation, not the instance –… Read more

How to create a Service Manager Dashboard with SharePoint PerformancePoint – Part 2

In the previous blog post we discuss the background behind Reporting and how Service Manager can makes use of this.   To recap this is a tutorial of three blog posts: Blog Post 1: Discuss the background behind Reporting and how Service Manager can makes use of this. (Previous blog post)   Blog Post 2:… Read more

Application Management-Example-Deploying a Service to Your Private Cloud (Part 2)

Hey Readers, so you’ve taken a look at the initial post and are ready for some more information I suppose.  Well if you haven’t seen the previous post, before we dive in, make sure you review on where we started in Part 1 where you can get an idea of the high level goals, some… Read more

Automation–Orchestrator Integration Pack for Standard Logging

Back-to-Back Posts! Hey, what can I say? I have to crank through these “refresh topics” somehow. 😉 So, here we go, the fifth “real” post after my introduction…and this post and its associated deliverable is dedicated to the: Orchestrator Integration Pack for Standard Logging 1.2 History As we all know (or you will in a… Read more

Automation–Orchestrator Integration Pack for MSSQL Tasks

Hello! Back again…this time with another “oldie but goodie tool”. I found that the format I used for my previous post worked well for refreshing this kind of content, so I will stick with that moving forward. So, here we go, the second “real” post after my introduction…and this post and its associated deliverable is… Read more