Application Management – Creating the DotNetNuke® Community version Service Template

Today I’ll go through the process I used to create a new service template example for the content management software known as DotNetNuke®. I will show the steps required to create a Service Template using the STEK examples and I will discuss some interesting out of band challenges with some alternatives to work around. To… Read more

Application Management – Using Linux in Service Templates

For various reasons, Linux is commonplace in large environments. Deploying VMs running Linux with VMM is a useful feature but there can be some confusion around how to do it. In this post, I’ll be going through preparation of Linux images and deployment of Linux in service templates. Linux Preparation There’s a bit of necessary… Read more

Application Management-Example-Deploying a Service to Your Private Cloud (Part 4)

Hello Readers, welcome to the 4th and final post in this series on deploying the example VMM Service Template for SharePoint 2013 to your Microsoft private cloud.  To recap where we’ve been: Application Management-Example-Deploying a Service to Your Private Cloud (Part 1) Introduction material on what we’ll be covering in this series at a high… Read more

Application Management-Example-Deploying a Service to Your Private Cloud (Part 3)

Hey readers, I hope you had a great time at MMS 2013 (if you were able to make it!).  If you did make it, you may have seen this service template featured on the big stage during Brad Anderson’s keynote.  Pretty cool!  Before we continue on to Part 3, review Parts 1 and 2 for… Read more

Application Management – Service Templates, real reusable examples

Service Template Example Kit – General Web Lab Download the STEK here. In this blog post of this ongoing series we will look at some real world examples of service templates and how to start using them. One of the more challenging aspects of application management can be rapid lab deployments in a repeatable and… Read more

Application Management-Example-Deploying a Service to Your Private Cloud (Part 2)

Hey Readers, so you’ve taken a look at the initial post and are ready for some more information I suppose.  Well if you haven’t seen the previous post, before we dive in, make sure you review on where we started in Part 1 where you can get an idea of the high level goals, some… Read more

The Top 10 Reasons You Should Attend our Sessions at MMS 2013!

Trying to decide which sessions to attend at the 2013 Microsoft Management Summit?  There are a lot of great options this year, and here are ten reasons we think you should check out the sessions hosted by the authors of the Building Clouds blog… You’ll get to learn all about the Fundamentals of Building Clouds… Read more

Application Management-Example-Deploying a Service to Your Private Cloud (Part 1)

Featured during Brad Anderson’s Keynote at MMS 2013!  Hey Readers, I have a real treat for you today.  You’ve seen the title so you already have a rough idea what I’m getting ready to cover.  This blog post is a first in a series to discuss an example downloadable System Center 2012 SP1 – Virtual… Read more

Application Management through Monitoring – Part 1 of 3

One of my favorite sayings has always been, “you can’t manage what you don’t monitor“. Best I can do for giving credit to the quote is that Candle Corporation in the late 90’s had a marketing campaign built around this concept, I still have the shirt. When you think about why we do what we… Read more

Introducing Application Management

With the recent release of System Center 2012 SP1 we have embarked on an approach that allows more collaboration between development and operation teams than in the past – and this will have a big impact on the topic of Application Management. First, who am I? I’m a Sr. Program Manager who joined Microsoft through… Read more