Self-service deployment of Microsoft workloads on Cloud Platform System (and other systems with Windows Azure Pack) – Part 3

Jeff Goldner is back with another installment of our CPS workload deployment series.  Jeff is a Principal Program Manager in Microsoft’s Cloud Solutions Group. Come get workload deployment details first hand at Ignite, Session BRK3469. Jeff Goldner from Microsoft’s Cloud Solutions, back for part three of the workload story for CPS. In this episode, we… Read more

Self-service deployment of Microsoft workloads on Cloud Platform System (and other systems with Windows Azure Pack) – Part 2

We are privileged to have a guest blogger on Building Clouds, Jeff Goldner.  Jeff is a Principal Program Manager in Microsoft’s Cloud Solutions Group.  This is the second post in a series discussing new artifacts being rolled out by Microsoft that are designed to run Microsoft workloads on the Cloud Platform System (CPS). More to… 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

Self-service deployment of Microsoft workloads on Cloud Platform System (and other systems with Windows Azure Pack) – Part 1

We are privileged to have a guest blogger on Building Clouds, Jeff Goldner.  Jeff is a Principal Program Manager in Microsoft’s Cloud Solutions Group.  In the series we are starting today, Jeff highlights new artifacts being rolled out by Microsoft that are designed to run Microsoft workloads on the Cloud Platform System(CPS). The series will… 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

Deployment–DSC Resources for System Center Deployment

Readers of this blog are familiar with the PowerShell Deployment Toolkit (PDT), which was developed to solve the problem of complex long running distributed deployment, primarily of the components used to manage the fabric of a private cloud i.e. Windows Server, System Center, and Windows Azure Pack, as well as related components required to support… Read more

Introducing the JEA Toolkit Helper

Note: This tool has been replaced by the "JEA Helper Tool 2.0", which has been designed to work with the latest version of JEA as part of Windows Management Framework (WMF) 5.0 and Window Server 2016 Technical Preview 4 (TP4) Please refer to the following link, for more information about this updated version: http://blogs.technet.com/b/privatecloud/archive/2015/12/20/introducing-the-updated-jea-helper-tool.aspx Just Enough… Read more

Desired State Configuration (DSC) Nodes Deployment and Conformance Reporting Series (Part 4): Using Operations Manager to check for configuration enforcement

In the previous post for this series, we discussed how the conformance server reports on the health of configuration download/application on the nodes. Here, we will look at how you can report if nodes are actually enforcing their expected configuration. For example, let’s say you wanted a specific file to be present on a node…. Read more

Writing a custom DSC resource for Remote Desktop (RDP) settings

Hello readers! In this previous post I talked about a simple example to guide you through the Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) authoring process. In this blog post we are going to create a custom DSC resource based on a practical situation where you need to manage your servers remotely. All the samples used… Read more

Desired State Configuration (DSC) Nodes Deployment and Conformance Reporting Series (Part 3): Working with the conformance endpoint

This blog post covers how to deploy/configure, and work with the conformance endpoint. It includes details about the type of information returned, as well as sample ways to generate reports with meaningful data. Configuring Conformance Endpoint Similar to the pull service endpoint, we can use the xDscWebService resource from the DSC resource kit to configure… Read more