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

Automation–System Center 2012 – Orchestrator Best Practice Series–Reduce Buried Logic

Hey Readers, welcome back to another post in the series on Orchestrator Best Practices.  In my previous post Automation–System Center 2012 – Orchestrator Best Practice Series–Naming Conventions, I talked about Runbook and folder naming best practices as well as lightly touching on a concept called “DRY” or Don’t Repeat Yourself.  This post was an important… Read more

Automation–Orchestrating the Cloud

Hello Readers and Viewers! I hope you are ready for this, the next installment of my Building Clouds Blog Video Demonstration Series! As this is a series of “behind the scenes” demonstrations for the automation portions of “SCDemo Cloud” offering, this post and video is a long time in the making. And while we have… Read more

Thank You MMS 2013! (from the Automation Track)

Hello Readers and Viewers (new and alumni)! I just wanted to send a big THANK YOU and WELCOME to all the MMS 2013 Attendees and New Blog Readers! It was a fantastic event with so much great information… What is in your top 5 list of favorites from MMS2013? And, whether you attended MMS 2013… 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

Automating VM Migration – VMM and V2V (Part 3)

In my last post we covered some ways of removing VMware Tools from your VMs so that your conversion would go more smoothly. Next we need to tee up the conversion by getting the VMs to the VMM Library so that we can start our V2V. Getting the VM to the VMM Library Before VMM… Read more

Automating VM Migration – VMM and V2V (Part 2)

Last time we went through the basic mechanics of V2V. In this post we will roll up our virtual sleeves (lest we get ketchup on them… again) and start digging into what needs to happen to get this thing automated. NOTE: You really want to back up your VM somehow before you start any conversion…. Read more