Windows Server Containers, what are they and where do they fit?

There are a lot of questions to be answered around Windows Server Containers. Two top questions are “what are they” and “where do they fit”. To answer these questions fully would require too much time and too much soapboxing for me to put in this blog post.  I’ll do that in a later post, but… Read more

Automation–Windows Azure Pack & Service Management Automation–Automated Tenant Deprovisioning

Hello Readers! Today’s topic is one that has been coming up more and more as the usage of Windows Azure Pack (WAP) increases. Problem Statement / Question / Answer Problem     “When I delete the Subscription for a WAP User (or the actual User), their Subscription Resources remain in VMM!” Question     “How do I automatically remove… Read more

Automation–Service Management Automation & Azure Automation–Complex Asset Creation and Usage

Hello Readers! What if I told you that you could store and leverage Hashtables as Variable Assets in Service Management Automation (SMA) AND Azure Automation (AA)? Well you can! It takes a little more effort, but the ROI is well worth it…after all, who wants to store the same Hashtable of information over and over throughout… Read more

Automation–The New World of Tenant Provisioning with Windows Azure Pack (Part 5): Working with the SQL Server resource provider, and the ITIL dilemma

Hello Readers! Yes, it’s only been a couple minutes since Charles published parts 1 to 4 for this series, and maybe you thought we would rest a bit and take a breath before publishing new content… Well, not really! Today, we also have part 5 of the series available for you to read, and it… Read more

Automation–The New World of Tenant Provisioning with Windows Azure Pack (Part 4): Automated Deployment of Tenant Workloads (Lync, SharePoint, and Exchange)

Yay! Part 4 has finally arrived… And by Part 4, I am obviously talking about the next big post in “The New World of Tenant Provisioning with Windows Azure Pack” blog series. What is this one all about? Automated Deployment of Tenant Workloads (Lync, SharePoint, and Exchange) What does that mean? Well, let’s first take… Read more

Automation–The New World of Tenant Provisioning with Windows Azure Pack (Part 3): Automated Deployment of the Identity Workload as a Tenant Admin

Aaaaaand we’re back! Okay, I realize the title of this post is very similar to Part 2 of this blog series – and there is very good reason for that. Though they look similar, they are different. Different personas; different scripts; different context. Once again, I will call on a little image assistance, to clear… Read more

Managing Windows Azure with SMA

Hello readers, Jim Britt and Victor Arzate here. This time we will show you how you can manage Windows Azure services via Service Management Automation (a.k.a. SMA). Up until now we have shown you many samples on how to leverage SMA for automating processes for on-premises deployments (take a look at the August 2013 was… Read more

Windows Azure Pack–Gallery Item VM Role–References for Creation, Configuration, and Automation

Hello Readers and Viewers! By now, you have seen a number of posts on this blog assisting you through portions of what I will refer to as the “VM Role Lifecycle”. In fact, we have… …a blog series about VM Role Creation; …posts about VM Role Import and Configuration; and as of last week, a… Read more

Automation–The New World of Tenant Provisioning with Windows Azure Pack (Part 2): Automated Deployment of Tenant Network and Identity Workload

Hello once again! So, here we are, Part 2 of The New World of Tenant Provisioning with Windows Azure Pack blog series (find Part 1: Intro & TOC here). Finally, some PowerShell/SMA Runbook examples! Automated Deployment of Tenant Network and Identity Workload What does that mean, exactly? Well for the context of this blog series,… Read more

Automation–The New World of Tenant Provisioning with Windows Azure Pack (Part 1): Introduction and Table of Contents

Hello Readers and Viewers! Wow, it has been a while since I posted, in fact it was back in December with the completion of my Windows Azure & PowerShell Blog Series. The good news is – in that time, I have been hard at work, developing new and exciting PowerShell for some of the new… Read more