Windows Azure Pack – Using the new AD Security Groups based Plan filtering feature in UR7

With the new Update Rollup 7 of Windows Azure Pack, we have a new feature that has been one of the top asks for the core services in our User Voice page. This feature is best described as  “Plan filtering based on AD Security Groups”. Before UR7, a Plan can have 2 visibility states: Public… Read more

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

Manage Tenant Database Workloads with Resource Governor in Azure Pack

As of the Azure Pack Update Rollup 5 release, WAP administrators can now use the functionality of SQL Server 2014 Resource Governor in WAP to manage tenant workloads on the same SQL Server. You can read more about UR5 and how to download it here. What is Resource Governor? Resource Governor is a feature that… Read more

Azure Pack Tenant portal extensibilities – Part 2

Multiple domain names and themes on a single Tenant portal On to the First extensibility then! Before I go on further to explain how this is done, let’s re-iterate on the scenario we’re trying to tackle here. Problem Statement Contoso Hosting is a hosting company that has stood up a private cloud stack with Azure… Read more

Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) with Azure Pack Tips, Tricks & Troubleshooting

We have been getting a lot of interesting questions from customers and partners who have implemented AD FS as an identity system for Azure Pack and bringing us some very interesting scenarios. This blog post is an outcome of our engagement with those folks. I will be discussing a few of the lesser-known features/ tips… Read more

Azure Pack Tenant portal extensibilities – Part 1

Hello folks! Hope everyone had a great holiday! Its been a while since I last blogged and so I thought I’d kick start the good habit again in the new year with an interesting blog series. In this series, I am going to talk about a certain set of extensibilities we enabled for Azure pack… Read more

Thank You TechEd Europe 2014!

Hello Readers and Viewers! Quite a few Enterprise Cloud Group CAT Team Members / Building Clouds Bloggers were speakers at TechEd Europe this year! On behalf of the team, I would like to express our appreciation to the many thousands of attendees that showed up ready to learn and experience everything TechEd had to offer… Read more

The Windows Azure Pack VM Role – Part 3 Resource Definition

This is part 3 from the blog series written by MVP Marc van Eijk (@_marcvaneijk) In the previous blog post of this series we looked at the VM Role from a high level. In this part the Resource Definition package will be discussed. There is a lot of ground to cover and for an average… Read more

GRIT 1.2 – Updated Tool to Import and Configure VM Role Gallery Items in WAP

Hello Readers! Today I am happy to publish an updated version of the Gallery Resource Import Tool (GRIT). This post summarizes the new features/enhancements in this version 1.2 and, of course, where to get it. What is GRIT? Let’s start with a short overview of the tool, understanding that full details and “how to use”… Read more

The Windows Azure Pack VM Role – Part 2 Concept

This is part 2 from the blog series written by MVP Marc van Eijk (@_marcvaneijk). After successfully deploying a gallery item, which was downloaded from the custom feed in the Web Platform Installer, the first thing you probably did was install the VM Role Authoring Tool to open that gallery item. At least, that is… Read more