I have a Surface RT and going away for a few days, now what??? I have a MSDN subscription :-) (Part 1)

I know many of you have seen the super cool blog post where my fellow team members build a private cloud out of their new Surface Pros. It was a cool idea and people really loved the video.   The cool thing about the Surface Pro is that it’s a normal PC and you can… Read more

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–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

Meet MAT – the Migration Automation Toolkit

Introducing the MAT MAT, meet the blogosphere. Blogosphere, meet MAT. There, that was easy. In my earlier posts I’ve talked a lot about migration and automation. In my V2V series I covered lots of ways you might go about automating your conversions using VMM’s V2V. Helpful, right? Well, today, I will do you one better…. 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

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

Automating VM Migration – VMM and V2V (Part 1)

I’ve mentioned Microsoft’s two VM conversion tools before but I wanted to spend some time digging a little deeper into both. I’m starting with VMM’s V2V which has been in market (in one version or another) for a few years now. What is V2V? V2V is shorthand for System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 SP1’s… Read more

Automation–Exploring the PowerShell behind the Surface Pro Hijinks

Hello Readers/Viewers! So, by now you have seen this post and related video…You may have wondered, “Is this real life?” Or, “What did it take to do that?” Well, this post is all about my part in the “hijinks”: Automating the Surface Pro Hosted VM Live Migration (both shared-nothing and shared storage) Automation Specs Windows… Read more