Windows Azure Pack – Using the new AD Security Groups based Plan filtering feature in UR7

With the new Update Rollup 7 of Windows Azure Pack, we have a new feature that has been one of the top asks for the core services in our User Voice page. This feature is best described as  “Plan filtering based on AD Security Groups”. Before UR7, a Plan can have 2 visibility states: Public… Read more

Azure Pack Tenant portal extensibilities – Part 2

Multiple domain names and themes on a single Tenant portal On to the First extensibility then! Before I go on further to explain how this is done, let’s re-iterate on the scenario we’re trying to tackle here. Problem Statement Contoso Hosting is a hosting company that has stood up a private cloud stack with Azure… Read more

Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) with Azure Pack Tips, Tricks & Troubleshooting

We have been getting a lot of interesting questions from customers and partners who have implemented AD FS as an identity system for Azure Pack and bringing us some very interesting scenarios. This blog post is an outcome of our engagement with those folks. I will be discussing a few of the lesser-known features/ tips… Read more

Azure Pack Tenant portal extensibilities – Part 1

Hello folks! Hope everyone had a great holiday! Its been a while since I last blogged and so I thought I’d kick start the good habit again in the new year with an interesting blog series. In this series, I am going to talk about a certain set of extensibilities we enabled for Azure pack… Read more

Claim Fundamentals WhitePaper for Windows Azure Pack

Hello Readers Some people find the concept of claims in connection with Windows Azure Pack hard to understand. To make it easier to understand these concepts, Shri form the WAP teams has created a good whitepaper that goes through the different concepts involved with claims based authentication. This white paper discusses some concepts, such as… Read more

The Windows Azure Pack VM Role – Part 3 Resource Definition

This is part 3 from the blog series written by MVP Marc van Eijk (@_marcvaneijk) In the previous blog post of this series we looked at the VM Role from a high level. In this part the Resource Definition package will be discussed. There is a lot of ground to cover and for an average… Read more

The Windows Azure Pack VM Role – Part 2 Concept

This is part 2 from the blog series written by MVP Marc van Eijk (@_marcvaneijk). After successfully deploying a gallery item, which was downloaded from the custom feed in the Web Platform Installer, the first thing you probably did was install the VM Role Authoring Tool to open that gallery item. At least, that is… Read more

The Windows Azure Pack VM Role – Part 1 Introduction

Introduction This blog series is written by one of our MVPs Marc van Eijk (@_marcvaneijk). Marc is a consultant with Inovativ and is a Microsoft Azure MVP. He works with many Service Providers and Enterprise organizations, extending their datacenters into hybrid clouds with Microsoft Azure and Azure Pack. You can read other interesting posts by… Read more

We're Listening! Contribute your feature suggestions for Windows Azure Pack!

Do you have an idea or suggestion based on your experience with Azure Pack ? We would love to hear it! You can provide your suggestions and ideas at Please take a few minutes to submit your ideas about features and suggestions for improving Windows Azure Pack and making it more applicable to you! If you… Read more

Changing Realm of the Tenant Portal in Windows Azure Pack

Scenario: There are times when you are required to have a single Security Token Service (STS) (eg. AD FS) pointing to multiple WAP Tenant or Admin Portals. This is a common occurrence when you do not want to have more than one STS instance  set up (possibly because it is federated with your enterprise STS… Read more