Updated White Paper – Enabling Database as a Service Enabling Database as a Service with the Microsoft Private Cloud Stack

Hello Readers, Just a quick note to let you know that the document from this blog post has just been updated. It now includes updates related to the latest changes and enhancements in Update Rollups (UR) 3, 5 and 6 for Windows Azure Pack. There are also a few additional FAQ entries in the second… Read more

Thoughts on Nano Server improving Infrastructure Architect Designs

This week at Ignite we uncovered more details on the new and exciting products that will be fundamental to our cloud platform moving forward.  This includes a smaller installation footprint for Windows Server, known as Nano Server.  Microsoft currently offers an installation option for Windows Server named Server Core that provides a minimal installation of… 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

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–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

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

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