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

Oracle-Self Service Kit : Gimme the details (part 2)

This is the second of two posts getting into more details about the “Oracle Server Self-Service Kit”. It goes through 2 sample uses, to highlight how the solution works and what the outputs are. Table of content of the full series Introduction post Overview and scenarios Download link What you get, and how each deployment… Read more

Oracle Self-Service Kit : Gimme the details (part 1)

This is the first of two posts getting into more details about the “Oracle Server Self-Service Kit”. It goes through 2 sample uses, to highlight how the solution works and what the outputs are. Table of content of the full series Introduction post Overview and scenarios Download link What you get, and how each deployment… Read more

SQL Server Self-Service Kit : Gimme the details (part 2)

This is the second of two posts getting into more details about the “SQL Server Self-Service Kit”. Table of content of the full series Introduction post Overview and scenarios Download link What you get, and how each deployment type is handled Supported versions Looking ahead Gimme the details (part 1) Sample execution #1 : Requesting… Read more

SQL Server Self-Service Kit : Gimme the details (part 1)

This is the first of two posts getting into more details about the “SQL Server Self-Service Kit”. It goes through 3 sample uses of the SQL Server Self-Service Kit, to highlight how the solution works and what the outputs are. Table of content of the full series Introduction post Overview and scenarios Download link What… Read more

SQL Server Self-Service Kit : Provisioning SQL Server as a Service with the System Center stack

“Can I use System Center to provision SQL Server components?”… “Can I provide database as a service to my business users or application owners?”… The ability to automate SQL Server provisioning is probably one of the top customer requests I’ve heard about over the last 12 months! The goal of this post is not only… Read more

August 2013 was Automation Month at the Building Clouds Blog!

Augomation? Autogust? Augustomania? Whatever you call it, with 16 Automation Track / Automation Track adjacent posts, it was Automation’s month to shine. You may have not even realized it – heck, I don’t think we did… The Posts… If you have been keeping up, fantastic! If you haven’t, well, we have a bunch of links… Read more

Automation–Service Management Automation–Utility Runbook Spotlight–VMM Custom Property Management

Hello Readers/Viewers! There comes a time when a project’s complexity increases to the point of requiring pre-requisites. The follow-up post to Automation–Service Management Automation Runbook Spotlight–Virtual Machine Startup by Priority (Part 1) is one of these instances. As described in Automation–Service Management Automation Runbook Spotlight–Virtual Machine Startup by Priority (Part 1.5), I am reintroducing the… Read more

Automation–Service Management Automation Runbook Spotlight–Exchange Distribution List Creation

Hello Readers!  I’m excited to provide you all with some cool new stuff that was introduced recently with System Center 2012 R2.  If you haven’t reviewed our Introduction post on SMA, go check it out here: Automation–An Introduction to Service Management Automation to get the “nickel tour” of all the rundown of Service Management Automation… Read more

Automation – Orchestrator Back to Basics – Use Cases Spotlight (1 of 5)

With automation getting an increasing focus in our stack and datacenter /cloud discussions, we figured it could be interesting to take a step back and look at some of the use cases for automation, which apply to any automation engine, but happen to be easier to create and maintain with the Microsoft automation stack Beyond… Read more