Enabling Database as a Service with the Microsoft Private Cloud Stack

Hello Readers, During the course of the last few weeks and months, we’ve been publishing many different articles related to automating database deployments, templates for database workloads in Windows Azure Pack (WAP), blog posts about how to leverage the WAP APIs to work with virtual machines and/or databases, and many others. All of these relate… Read more

Working with the Windows Azure Pack SQL Server Resource Provider : Dedicating a part of the SQL Server fabric to a specific tenant

  Windows Azure Pack (WAP) includes a SQL Server resource provider that allows tenants to deploy and manage databases on a shared SQL Server fabric. Out of the box, and in the spirit of a Platform as a Service approach, tenants do not control on which backend server the database is created. They are just… 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

Introducing the “Gallery Resource Import Tool”

If you’ve started to use or evaluate the Windows Azure Pack (WAP), you may have noticed the different steps required to install a VM Role Gallery Item and to configure your environement to leverage this new artifact. These include: Downloading the Gallery Resource from Web Platform Installer, or from the source blog. Checking the virtual… Read more

Automation–Monitoring and Notifying in Windows Azure Pack with SMA

Hey Readers! This post will introduce you to a couple of useful SMA Runbooks to add to your “SMA Utility Belt”. First things first – go here to read about SMA if you are unfamiliar with the solution: https://aka.ms/IntroToSMA. Use Case This post discusses how to leverage three Runbooks to improve the Tenant experience as… Read more

Automation – Fun with Orchestrator and SMA integration points

By now, you may have read Tiander Turpijn’s blog series on how Service Management Automation (SMA) Runbooks can call Orchestrator Runbooks (and vice versa). If not, I highly encourage you to do so, as the scripts used in this blog post build on the concepts Tiander explained! In this blog post, I will show you… Read more

Automation – Orchestrator Back to Basics – Use Cases Spotlight (5 of 5)

This is post #5 out of 5 in the “Orchestrator – Back to Basics – Use Cases” series, full series posts are located here: #1 : Alert Remediation, where automation is used to monitor specific situations, and react automatically. This is also the introduction post to the series. #2 : Maintenance tasks, where recurring tasks… Read more

Automation – Orchestrator Back to Basics – Use Cases Spotlight (4 of 5)

This is post #4 out of 5 in the “Orchestrator – Back to Basics – Use Cases” series, full series posts are located here: #1 : Alert Remediation, where automation is used to monitor specific situations, and react automatically. This is also the introduction post to the series. #2 : Maintenance tasks, where recurring tasks… Read more

Automation – Orchestrator Back to Basics – Use Cases Spotlight (3 of 5)

This is post #3 out of 5 in the “Orchestrator – Back to Basics – Use Cases” series, full series posts are located here: #1 : Alert Remediation, where automation is used to monitor specific situations, and react automatically. This is also the introduction post to the series. #2 : Maintenance tasks, where recurring tasks… Read more

Automation – Orchestrator Back to Basics – Use Cases Spotlight (2 of 5)

This is post #2 out of 5 in the “Orchestrator – Back to Basics – Use Cases” series, full series posts are located here: #1 : Alert Remediation, where automation is used to monitor specific situations, and react automatically. This is also the introduction post to the series. #2 : Maintenance tasks, where recurring tasks… Read more