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

Troubleshooting Windows Azure Pack – Plans and Subscriptions

Hello Readers Next topic on our Windows Azure Pack (WAP) Troubleshooting tour is "Plans and Subscriptions". Briefly Plan, Subscriptions and Resource Providers can be described in the following way: Tenant: One or more individuals consuming services from the Windows Azure Pack via a subscription. Plan: Contains one or more services (Resource Providers: VM, DB, Web,… Read more

Troubleshooting Installation & Configuration of Windows Azure Pack – An Introduction

The Windows Azure Pack (WAP) is the new boy in town and has got quite a bit of attention over the past few months. Therefore I want to create some prescriptive guidance on how to troubleshoot potential issues with Windows Azure Pack. After installing Windows Azure Pack several times and integrating it with SPF, SMA… 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

Configuring VMM and OM for IaaS usage and metering

In the previous blog post (here) I explained how usage and reporting works in Windows Azure Pack and System Center 2012 R2. As a follow up, I will take a deeper look into how usage and reporting can be configured step by step, This should allow the reader to setup this scenario without having to… 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

Automation–Orchestrating the Cloud

Hello Readers and Viewers! I hope you are ready for this, the next installment of my Building Clouds Blog Video Demonstration Series! As this is a series of “behind the scenes” demonstrations for the automation portions of “SCDemo Cloud” offering, this post and video is a long time in the making. And while we have… 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

The Building Blocks of Service Templates within Virtual Machine Manager by David Stoker

The Building Blocks of Service Templates within Virtual Machine Manager by David Stoker Having worked with customers early in the System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager Technology Adoption Program (TAP), I’ve been asked several times how does one effectively build Service Templates? The goal is to first create standardized “building blocks” which can then be… Read more