GRIT 1.2 – Updated Tool to Import and Configure VM Role Gallery Items in WAP

Hello Readers! Today I am happy to publish an updated version of the Gallery Resource Import Tool (GRIT). This post summarizes the new features/enhancements in this version 1.2 and, of course, where to get it. What is GRIT? Let’s start with a short overview of the tool, understanding that full details and “how to use”… Read more

Import and Configure VM Role Gallery Items in Windows Azure Pack with GRIT 1.1

About a month ago, the Gallery Resource Import Tool (GRIT) was published: Fully written in PowerShell, the “Gallery Resource Import Tool” (GRIT) aims at simplifying discovery and installation of VMRole Gallery Items in Windows Azure Pack (WAP), in addition to help reduce manual errors when tagging virtual disks. Through this single tool, all the configuration… Read more

Automation–PowerShell Workflow Script Spotlight–Creation and Parameterization of Virtual Machine Manager Run As Accounts for “OnBehalfOf” Service Template Deployment

Hello Readers/Viewers! I know it is a bit back-to-back with these examples, but I wanted to continue to share my learnings with you, as I continue down the “Tenant Provisioning POC” path with my team. Today it is all about dynamically creating Virtual Machine Manager Run As accounts for use as parameters during Service Template… Read more

Application Management – Service Models Web Platform Installer Gallery

Today we have a guest blogger. Stephen Baron is a Program Manager for System Center on the Virtual Machine Manager team. He’ll be doing a two-part blog related to the Windows Azure Pack: Application Management – Service Models Web Platform Installer Gallery (this post) Application Management – Virtual Hard Disk Requirements of Windows Azure Pack… Read more

Automation–PowerShell Workflow Script Spotlight–Deploying Virtual Machine Manager Service Templates “OnBehalfOf” Tenant Administrator User Roles

Hello Readers/Viewers! It has been a little while since I posted raw PowerShell, so I figured it was time! What do I have for you this time? Use Case Components Let’s say you have the following things, and want them in a simple working scenario: Virtual Machine Manager 2012 R2 Multi-Tenant Private Clouds ready for… Read more

Automation–Service Management Automation–SMA Runbook Toolkit Spotlight–SMART for Runbook Import and Export

Hello Readers!  Well, it has been a while since I’ve posted, but it has been for a very good reason.  I have something exciting to share that I believe will be of great benefit to those of you embarking down the path of Service Management Automation (SMA) within the Windows Azure Pack (WAP) and not… Read more

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

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