White paper: Modern Application Modeling and Configuration for Infrastructure Clouds

  Hello readers! This blog post introduces the “Modern Application Modeling and Configuration for Infrastructure Clouds” white paper from the Enterprise Cloud Group (ECG) CAT team, that you can download at the link below. We hope you will find this resource useful! Audience This document is for IT professionals or application owners interested in understanding… Read more

Automation–System Center Automation Team Blogs–September 2014 Cross-Post Update!

Hello Readers! Over the last couple months there have been quite a few posts being published by the “System Center Automation Team”! In fact, they are now publishing posts to both their existing System Center Orchestrator Engineering Blog, as well as the Azure Blog. Pretty exciting stuff! So, what did the System Center Automation Team… Read more

Automation–System Center Orchestrator Engineering Blog–July 2014 Cross-Post Update!

Hello Readers! It is that time again; time for me to cross-reference the great work being published over on the System Center Orchestrator Engineering Blog and now the Azure Blog! So, what did the System Center AUTOMATION Engineering Team publish since our last Cross-Post…? 1 Orchestrator, 3 Service Management Automation, and 4 Azure Automation Posts!… Read more

Introducing Lync Service Templates

If you have been following the teams blog series on Service Templates you may have already come to the conclusion that the only one missing in the Microsoft productivity suite is Lync! Our goal as we began to build out this series of templates was to provide an automated way to stand up these core… Read more

SQL Server Self-Service Kit – Installation Instructions for the SMA Edition

This post covers installation information for the SQL Server Self-Service Kit (SQLSSK) v2.0, a.ka. SMA Edition. The main blog post about that release is here and this is where I would recommend starting reading, before getting into the details from this post, which cover: Updated Installation Instructions for this release Instructions to enable deployments of… Read more

SQL Server Self-Service Kit – Updated for System Center 2012 R2 and SMA!

It’s been about a month since the first release of the SQL Server Self-Service Kit (SQLSSK), which provides System Center artifacts to automate deployment and self-service of SQL Server components. As a sample solution, the SQLSSK supports deploying a database/instance on a new/shared standalone server, deploying a database/instance on a shared cluster, deploying a SQL… 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 – 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 – 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

Application Management – Service Template – Active Directory (STAD)

For those of you using some of the Application Management Track Service Templates in our blogs likeJim Britt’s awesome SharePoint Service Template or my own Service Template Example Kit (STEK), you might have noticed an underlying theme. The theme is rapid deployment of manageable, repeatable and consistent environments, which in my opinion play very nicely… Read more