Automation–MVP Spotlight Series–SharePoint: DFS Share Creation Request Walkthrough (Part 1)

Okay Readers – we are back! Here is the second of six posts in the MVP Spotlight Series for the Automation Track… –MVP Spotlight Series– SharePoint: DFS Share Creation Request Walkthrough (Part 1) by Mike Roberts (a Ryan Andorfer Co-Worker) Building Self Service Requests Using SharePoint This blog post doesn't focus explicitly on automation but… Read more

Automation–MVP Spotlight Series–TFS and Service Management Automation – Better together!

Okay Readers – Here we go! Here is the first of six posts in the MVP Spotlight Series for the Automation Track… –MVP Spotlight Series– TFS and Service Management Automation – Better together! by Ryan Andorfer Overview Jim Britt of Microsoft gave us a really unique tool for SMA that is highly useful, the SMA… Read more

Automation–MVP Spotlight Series–Ryan Andorfer: End-to-End Automation for the Microsoft Stack

Hello Readers! I am very excited to announce the next Automation Blog Series… –MVP Spotlight Series– Ryan Andorfer: End-to-End Automation for the Microsoft Stack Who? Ryan Andorfer, MVP In his own words (from his MVP page): “I am a Cloud and Datacenter MVP working for a fortune 500 company. I specialize in end to end… Read more

Enabling Database as a Service with the Microsoft Private Cloud Stack

Hello Readers, During the course of the last few weeks and months, we’ve been publishing many different articles related to automating database deployments, templates for database workloads in Windows Azure Pack (WAP), blog posts about how to leverage the WAP APIs to work with virtual machines and/or databases, and many others. All of these relate… Read more

Working with the Windows Azure Pack SQL Server Resource Provider : Dedicating a part of the SQL Server fabric to a specific tenant

  Windows Azure Pack (WAP) includes a SQL Server resource provider that allows tenants to deploy and manage databases on a shared SQL Server fabric. Out of the box, and in the spirit of a Platform as a Service approach, tenants do not control on which backend server the database is created. They are just… Read more

Updated Windows Azure Pack VMRole Gallery Items for SQL Server 2012 SP1 and SQL Server 2014

Hello Readers! This past January, we published two Windows Azure Pack (WAP) VM Role gallery items for database workloads, including SQL Server 2012 SP1 and Oracle Database 12c, to complement the SQL Server 2012 gallery item already available at the time. Today, these sample SQL Server gallery items get an update, including a brand new… 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

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