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

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

Evaluating Windows Server and System Center on a Laptop (or two, or three) – Failover Clustering (part 2)

How to build a Failover Cluster on a couple of laptops This is a continuation of our playing with (learning) Failover Clustering for our evaluation of Windows Server and System Center. Note: This is NOT best practice deployment advice. This is “notes from the field”. This is how to get by with what we have…. 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