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

Microsoft Infrastructure as a Service Foundations

The goal of the Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) Foundations series is to help enterprise IT departments and cloud service providers understand, develop, and implement IaaS infrastructures. This series provides comprehensive conceptual background that combines Microsoft software, consolidated guidance, and validated configurations with partner technologies such as compute, network, and storage architectures, in addition to value-added software features…. 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

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

Windows Azure Pack VM Deployment Tip: VMM VM Template + Default Network Configuration = Potential Issues; Workaround Enclosed

Hello Readers! Today I am back with a Windows Azure Pack (WAP) Standalone VM Deployment Tip… Problem With the wider adoption of WAP, we have seen a “known issue” crop up for a particular use case when leveraging the following products: Windows Azure Pack (Tenant Portal) Virtual Machine Manager VM Templates Issue Failure when attempting… Read more

The Virtualization Fabric Design Considerations Guide is now available online and for download!

You’re no doubt familiar with Windows Server Hyper-V, and how simple it is to install on Windows Server.  If you want to use it to host hundreds or thousands of virtual machines running mission critical workloads in your environment though, then you need to do more than just install it.  You need to determine which… Read more

Automation–MVP Spotlight Series–Integration Story: How to take the Imports (SharePoint and SMA) & Import them into your Environment

Okay Readers – we have the next post ready to go! Here is the fifth of six posts in the MVP Spotlight Series for the Automation Track… –MVP Spotlight Series– Integration Story: How to take the Imports (SharePoint and SMA) & Import them into your Environment by Ryan Andorfer DFS Share Creation: Integrating at Home… Read more

Automation–MVP Spotlight Series–SMA: DFS Share Creation Request Walkthrough In Depth

Okay Readers – we have the next post ready to go! Here is the fourth of six posts in the MVP Spotlight Series for the Automation Track… –MVP Spotlight Series– SMA: DFS Share Creation Request Walkthrough In Depth by Ryan Andorfer Assumptions You have followed the first blog post in this series You have a… Read more

Automation–MVP Spotlight Series–SharePoint: DFS Share Creation Request Walkthrough (Part 2)

Okay Readers – we are back! Here is the third of six posts in the MVP Spotlight Series for the Automation Track… –MVP Spotlight Series– SharePoint: DFS Share Creation Request Walkthrough (Part 2) by Mike Roberts (a Ryan Andorfer Co-Worker) Building Self Service Requests Using SharePoint In this post we are going to tackle the… Read more