SQL Server Self-Service Kit – Installation Instructions for the SMA Edition

This post covers installation information for the SQL Server Self-Service Kit (SQLSSK) v2.0, a.ka. SMA Edition. The main blog post about that release is here and this is where I would recommend starting reading, before getting into the details from this post, which cover: Updated Installation Instructions for this release Instructions to enable deployments of… Read more

SQL Server Self-Service Kit – Updated for System Center 2012 R2 and SMA!

It’s been about a month since the first release of the SQL Server Self-Service Kit (SQLSSK), which provides System Center artifacts to automate deployment and self-service of SQL Server components. As a sample solution, the SQLSSK supports deploying a database/instance on a new/shared standalone server, deploying a database/instance on a shared cluster, deploying a SQL… Read more

Exchange Server 2013 CU2 Service Templates – Setup and Best Practices

This blog post is part 3 of 3 in a series. This series of posts that detail how to deploy Exchange 2013 CU2 using Service Templates in Virtual Machine Manager.  If you are just landing on this subject I recommend starting with Part 1. This page will focus on what you need to do import… Read more

Exchange Server 2013 CU2 Service Templates for Virtual Machine Manager

Welcome to the latest blog post about System Center service templates! When we asked our field what needed to be developed next, a very common ask was for a service template to deploy Exchange.  This blog post is intended to teach you how to use System Center Virtual Machine Manager and a feature named Service… Read more

Exchange Server 2013 CU2 Service Templates – Prerequisites

This blog post is part 2 of 3 in a series. This series of posts details how to deploy Exchange 2013 CU2 using Service Templates in Virtual Machine Manager.  If you are just landing on this subject I recommend starting with Part 1.  This page will focus on what you need to do in advance… Read more

Oracle Self Service Kit : See it in action in this video

As a follow up to this series of posts introducing the Oracle Self Service Kit, here is a video going over a quick overview of the kit, as well as a demonstration (deploying a new database on a new dedicated server). Oracle Self Service Kit Overview and Demonstration Thanks for watching!… Read more

Oracle Self-Service Kit : Provisioning Oracle Database components using the System Center stack

With the recent announcements from Oracle and Microsoft, many of you are getting in touch with us to understand how you can deploy and manage Oracle workloads on Hyper-V. This post is the opportunity to highlight one of the items we have on that front, called the “Oracle Self-Service Kit”. A picture being worth a… Read more

Oracle-Self Service Kit : Gimme the details (part 2)

This is the second of two posts getting into more details about the “Oracle Server Self-Service Kit”. It goes through 2 sample uses, to highlight how the solution works and what the outputs are. Table of content of the full series Introduction post Overview and scenarios Download link What you get, and how each deployment… Read more

Oracle Self-Service Kit : Gimme the details (part 1)

This is the first of two posts getting into more details about the “Oracle Server Self-Service Kit”. It goes through 2 sample uses, to highlight how the solution works and what the outputs are. Table of content of the full series Introduction post Overview and scenarios Download link What you get, and how each deployment… Read more

Automation–MVP Example Solution Spotlight–Orchestrator Integration with Office365 and SharePoint 2013

Hello Readers/Viewers! Today’s post is just a quick cross-post and spotlight on an example solution walkthrough. Who? The below referenced content was created by Microsoft Virtualization MVP, Nathan Lasnoski Nathan Lasnoski is the Team Lead of Concurrency’s Infrastructure Practice, a Microsoft Virtualization MVP and a recognized leader in Core Infrastructure Design, SharePoint Infrastructure, Virtualization, and… Read more